Announcement of the 32nd Eisaku Sato Essay Contest

  • 2015年10月06日

Submissions are now being accepted for the 32nd Eisaku Sato Essay Contest. This international contest is open to anyone with interest in both the United Nations University and the designated contest topic. There are no restrictions as to age, nationality or profession.

The theme of the 2016 contest is: ” Considering the multiple and pressing challenges the United Nations faces today, what is the proper role of the Secretary-General as top international public servant? Discuss the required qualities and discipline of a Secretary-General in view of the practices and achievements of the successive Secretary-Generals.”


To enter the 2016 Eisaku Sato Essay Contest. please prepare a cover sheet listing your name, affiliation, age, gender, nationality, how you learned about this contest, mailing address, and telephone/fax number and e-mail address.


Essays may be written in either English (3,000–6,000 words) or Japanese (8,000–16,000 characters). All essays should be typed on A4-size paper and include an abstract of up to 450 words (English) or 1,200 characters (Japanese).


Submission must be original and unpublished , must include reference notes and a bibliography if other authors’ works are cited.



For submission via E­mail

  • We accept essays to be sent by e-mail attachment only for those who live outside Japan. The address is essay@satoeisaku.com. Do not post mail and e-mail at the same time.
  • Please send your essay by e-mail attachment in ONE file, and use your full name as the document title.
  • Due date
    0:00 am on March 31st, 2016 (at midnight on the 31st)(JST)

For submission via post mail

  • Due date
    Your package must be “postmarked “before March 31st, 2016(includes March 31).
  • Please send” 4 copies “of your essay.
  • Your essay will be accepted as long as it has the valid postmark, there is no time limit as to arrival date.

The Eisaku Sato Essay Contest Secretariat
c/o United Nations University Library
5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-8925, Japan


Please note that submitted essays will not be returned. Any essay that does not follow the criteria specified above will be disqualified.

A grand prize (¥500,000), a second prize (¥200,000) and several honorable mentions (¥50,000 each) will be awarded. The winners will be notified individually by September 2016.


The ceremony to be held at the United Nations University in Tokyo in late September to honor the awardees.


For further information, please contact the Foundation:
e-mail sato.eisaku.mf@unu.edu.