Programs | Model United Nations Assembly
This international youth program simulates the workings of the United Nations Assembly by having two senior students from a number of schools represent a particular UN country in debates on matters of world political and social concern.
The assembly is about building bridges of goodwill for world peace and understanding through a personal involvement in the acceptance of situations that reflect the opinion of ‘adopted’ countries.
Students are challenged by the opportunities of extended research, debating and public speaking skills by addressing a wide range of contemporary and world-focussed issues.
Topics are debated on matters of world political and social concern. It is held over a week-end to give sufficient time for all participants to become involved. The main aim is to develop an awareness of the United Nations in students as well as international situations of other countries and to encourage students to study topics from another country’s perspective.
The objective is to encourage young people to learn respect and tolerance for people of all races, religions and nationalities. They do this by debating U.N. topics from their given countries perspectives.
MUNA as a concept arose in North America from the desire of young people to simulate the great debates of the United Nations Assembly. MUNA was first conducted in Rotary by Rotary at Winnipeg in Canada, and introduced to Australia by the Lake Cargelligo Rotary Club in 1980.
In Tasmania it is an annual project of the Rotary Club of Deloraine. Clubs sponsor grade 10 students who are allocated a country to represent for the weekend.
Students are encouraged to wear national dress and debate topical issues. MUNA simulates the workings of the United Assembly by having teams of two or three senior students represent a particular U.N. country in debates on matters of world political and social concern.
The Assembly is about building bridges of goodwill for world peace and understanding through a personal involvement in the acceptance of situations that reflect the opinion of "adopted" countries. Students are challenged by the opportunities to extend research, debating and public speaking skills by addressing a wide range of contemporary, world focussed issues.
Usually, the assembly is held over a weekend with delegates being billeted by the host Rotary club. A school auditorium is used to recreate the U.N. Assembly Chamber with name plates, flags and national costumes being encouraged.
A social program is arranged for the Saturday evening.
The Assembly is chaired and judged by Rotarians with prizes being awarded for the best overall representation, the best contribution to a world peace solution and the best national costume.
Rotary clubs, in conjunction with the local high school, sponsor teams to attend MUNA. There is a nomination fee, usually paid by the club.
For more information please contact: Rotary Club of South Launceston