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School students around the world are invited to write a blog on their priorities for the United Nations’ secretary-general, in a competition run by Chatham House and the Financial Times. 

Applicants have until March to submit responses to the question: ‘If you were UN secretary-general for a day, what would be your first action and why?’ 

The best article will be published in The World Today and the Financial Times. The winner will be invited to London in June to receive a prize at the London Conference organised by Chatham House, the international affairs think-tank, where global leaders and foreign policy professionals will debate topical issues confronting the world. 

The competition is open to anyone anywhere in the world in full-time secondary education, aged 16-19. Entries of up to 500 words in English will be judged by a panel including Chatham House and Financial Times staff on originality and clarity. 

Applicants can find ideas in many recent articles on the FT, all of which are available through its free schools access programme

The deadline for submissions is March 8, 2019. Full details and the submission form are on the competition website as well as additional ideas in articles from the World Today.

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