Turkish student stresses importance of global citizenshipListen /
Each year in September, world leaders gather in New York for the General Assembly's general debate on global issues.
This reflects the growing consensus that the world is interdependent, but there are still questions about the role of civics in promoting global understanding.
As part of efforts to tackle this issue, the United Nations Academic Impact and the Brookings Institution, based in Washington D.C. launched a speech writing contest for university students around the world.
The students had to imagine a speech that the UN Secretary-General would deliver at the annual session of the General Assembly.
Sevgi Ceyda Sairoglu from Sabancı University in Turkey is one of the three winners of the contest, and she told UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha how she did it.