Skip to main content Skip to navigation


Entry for the 2023 Global Sustainable Development year 11 and 12* competition is now open!

To enter the 2023 Competition, please choose one of the following questions and a response:


A busy, bustling crowd in Tokyo

What do you think are the biggest sustainable development challenges raised by the current cost of living crisis?

The president of the UN Economic and Social Council recently said that it was imperative to put people first, if the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to be realized by the 2030 deadline. Do you agree?

A homeless person receiving spare change in London - St Paul's Cathedral is in the background

What is the main challenge to sustainable development in your local area?


  • A 1,000-1,500 word essay;
  • A four-minute video or podcast essay;
  • A photo or a series of photos and a 500 word (maximum) commentary; or
  • An artistic exploration (for example, painting, poetry, short story, short film, etc.) and a 500 word (maximum) commentary.

Top tip: When working on your response, consider the 'three pillars of sustainable development': society, economy, and the environment.

If you are considering entering the competition, please ensure that you obtain support for your entry from one of your teachers. You will need to provide their name on the entry form.

When you are ready, please submit your entry using the form below. Please fill in all required fields. If your submission is physical or if it is not transferable online, please get in touch with us for advice: 

If you have any further questions for us about the competition and entry, please send us a message: 

*Year 11 and 12 in the UK or 15 to 17 year old age group equivalent.

The 2022 Global Sustainable Development Competition is now closed for entries.