2017 International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People

The theme selected for the 2017 competition was: "Imagine you are an advisor to the new UN Secretary-General which world issue would you help him tackle first and how would you advise him to solve it?"

This year’s winner is Eva Palacios from Togo, whose letter moved the international jury into awarding her the gold medal. The silver medal was awarded to Indonesia’s Shaquilla Rahmadina and the bronze to Peru’s Sabrina Brito Lira. Special mentions were awarded to children from Montenegro, Portugal, Turkey, Brazil, Madagascar and Viet Nam respectively.

Complete list of winners

First prize (gold medal)

Letter written by Eva Giordano Palacios, 14 years old (Togo)

Second prize (silver medal)

Letter written by Shaquilla Rahmadina, 13 years old (Indonesia)

Third prize (bronze medal)

Letter written by Ammel Catacora Zeballos, 15 years old (Peru).

Special mentions

  • Sabrina Brito Lira, 15 years old (Brazil)
  • Nikolina Milić, 13 years old (Montenegro)
  • Elif Onnet, 13 years old (Turkey)
  • Bruno Adenai Silva Grilo, 15 years old (Portugal)
  • Nguyen Do Huyen Vi, 13 years old (Viet Nam)
  • Andrianantenaina Toavina N’Zo Rasamoelina, 12 years-old pupil (Madagascar)