배경
글로벌 리더십 영어경연대회(Global Leadership English Challenge; GLEC)는 유엔의 2030 지속가능발전목표(Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs)를 테마로 하는 청소년 국제영어대회입니다. 대한민국을 중심으로 베트남(하노이, 호치민), 중국(베이징, 상해), 일본(도쿄, 오사카)로 진출을 계획하고 있으며, 지구 환경, 인권, 군축 등 세계가 직면하고 있는 광범위한 이슈에 대해 청소년들의 인식을 제고하고 이해를 높이는 것을 목표합니다.
2012년 제1회 글로벌 리더십 영어경연대회를 시작으로, 매년 유엔의 의제와 전 세계인의 지향 목표를 테마로 설정함으로써 청소년들의 동참을 촉구하고 있습니다. 2019년부터 국제대회로 도약하여, GLEC Vietnam 2019 예선 대회(Preliminary Round)를 성공적으로 개최하였지만 코로나19로 인한 현지 상황에 따라 본선 대회를 잠정 연기한 바 있습니다. 2021년 본 대회는 대한민국을 시작으로 베트남, 중국, 일본으로 범위를 확장해 나갈 계획입니다.

지속가능발전목표(SDGs)
유엔은 2015년 밀레니엄개발목표(MDGs)의 종료 이후 국제사회의 최대 공동목표로 '지속가능발전목표(SDGs)'를 채택하였습니다. 빈곤, 성평등, 교육 등 인류의 보편적 문제와 더불어 지구 환경문제, 경제 사회문제와 연관된 17가지의 주 목표와 169가지의 세부목표를 설정함으로써 '우리 공동의 미래(Our Common Future)' 달성을 위한 조화와 균형의 의미를 담고 있습니다.

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https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org

Welcoming Message


"뉴욕 유엔 본부 공보국(UN DGC) 국장의 축하 메시지"


Greetings from 
the United Nations in New York!


Maher Nasser (마허 나세르, 유엔 공보국 국장)

Director of the Outreach Division in the United Nations Department of Global Communications

Chairman of the United Nations Publications Board


Former, Head of the United Nations Department of Public Information

Former, Director of the United Nations Information Service in Vienna

I would like to congratulate you on your participation in the Global Leadership English Challenge (GLEC) Speech and Essay Writing Contest. I would also like to applaud that thank HOPE TO THE FUTURE ASSOCIATION for leading the efforts to organize this contest and for framing it around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). You all should feel proud for taking the challenge and sharing your vision for a future in which Sustainable Development Goals 1, 3, 11 and 16 have been fully realized.

At 1.8 billion, you are part of the largest generation of young people in history and you are more connected and aware of global issues than any generation before you. World leaders have agreed that the Global Goals are the best fit for many of our global challenges. The GLEC contest is our opportunity to listen to your takes on the global challenges faced by us all, and your proposed solutions for achieving the future envisioned in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

All indications show us that we are not on track to achieve the SDGs by 2030. That is why last week at the United Nations, the Secretary-General launched a Decade of Action: Delivering the SDGs by 2030. Included in the Decade will be an annual Global Week to #Act4SDGs. The most recent one, held from 20 to 30 September 2019, rallied the kind of public support that we need to accelerate momentum. We count on you to make this week part of your annual agenda from now until 2030.

The United Nations’ #ActNow Climate Action campaign has also shown us that individual action can be the answer to climate change, the defining issue of our time. By changing everyday habits and routines, and making choices that have less harmful effects on the environment, every one of us has the power to confront the climate challenge.

The world’s problems, from climate change and poverty to human rights and the threat caused by nuclear weapons, cannot be solved in conference rooms alone. We need everyone to act and everyone to advocate in their communities and with their leaders to get us back on track to fulfill the promises of Agenda 2030. I hope this contest can serve as a platform for you to showcase your action at home, on-campus or in your community.

As you discuss the SDGs and nuclear disarmament, try to connect these global challenges to your everyday life. And thank you for helping us spread the word through your essays and speeches. I look forward to hearing your solutions for a more peaceful and prosperous world. Thank you! 


Maher Nasser, October 2019

We support the Sustainable Development Goals.