By Janice Sinclaire | July 19, 2016
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is excited to partner with the Stimson Center on the UNSCR 1540 International Student Essay Contest. The Stimson Center, which launched the contest in April, is looking for innovative ideas from students around the globe to prevent the proliferation of the world’s most dangerous weapons.
The UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1540 was adopted in 2004 to mandate that states penalize those who attempt to spread WMD of all varieties, including biological, chemical, and radiological. This year, the Security Council is looking to reassess the implementation of the resolution and is reaching out to undergraduate and advanced degree students worldwide for solutions to these threats to global security.
The first- and second-place winners will receive $2,000 and $1,000 respectively, as well as an all-expense-paid trip to an awards ceremony at Harvard University to present these ideas to UN Security Council representatives. Additional honorees will receive $500 awards and may participate in the awards ceremony via audio/video communication. All of the finalists will have their essays published by the Stimson Center. The two top essay winners will also be invited to the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference in Brussels.
A finalist will also have the opportunity to rework and publish an article in the Bulletin’s Voices of Tomorrow feature, and be eligible to receive the Leonard M. Rieser Award which includes a $1,000 prize. Submission deadline for entries is August 5, 2016. Read more about the criteria for judging, eligibility, and other details at the Stimson Center.
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