UNAA Victoria runs Model UN Conferences in schools, universities and organisations to actively train people in advocacy, debating and global thinking.
“Your goal may be to resolve a conflict, to cope with a natural disaster or to bring nations together on an issue like climate change. You may be playing a role, but you are also preparing for life. You are acting as global citizens.” – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
A Model UN Conference is a simulation of the UN General Assembly during which delegates step into the shoes of ambassadors from around the world and discuss contentious global issues – with the aim being to find the best possible solution through dialogue, negotiation and multilateral diplomacy.
“Most of our students would have never encountered a program like this that involves complex thinking, public speaking and group work in such a way that also allows student to explore complex views that they may have not seen before.” Teacher participant, 2015
With the support of the Victorian Department of Education and Training through the Strategic Partnerships Program, UNAAV runs several Model UN Conferences each year in regional and outer suburban government schools.
Second-Language Model UN Conferences
UNAA Victoria also runs Model UN Conferences in languages other than English. Language Model UN Conferences offer students the opportunity to practice the language they study at VCE level in a realistic international setting, debating global issues with students from other schools.
Conferences have been held over the past three years in French, German and Italian.
In 2017, with sponsorship from the Victorian Department of Education and Training, Languages Unit, we are thrilled to announce that we will be running four language-specific Model UN Conferences for VCE language students in Victoria. All four Model UN’s will be held at Treasury Theatre, 1 MacArthur Place, Lower Plaza, East Melbourne VIC 3002:
- The German Language Model UN Conference will be held on Friday 23 June, 2017, supported by the Association of German Teachers of Victoria (AGTV)
- The French Language Model UN Conference will be held on Tuesday 25 July, 2017, supported by the Association of French Teachers in Victoria (AFTV)
- Our first-ever Asian language Model UN Conference for VCE Indonesian students will be held on Friday 11 August, 2017, supported by the Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers Association (VILTA)
- The Italian Language Model UN Conference will be held on Tuesday 15 August, 2017, supported by the Victorian Association of Teachers of Italian (VATI)
Book your own Model UN Conference
Book – or find out more about – a Model UN Conference in your school, university or workplace by emailing Education Program Coordinator, Alexandra Edge, on firstname.lastname@example.org