Model United Nations Assembly to take place

MUNA will return to the University of Newcastle Ourimbah Campus this JuneMUNA will return to the University of Newcastle Ourimbah Campus this June

Central Coast students are the superheroes that the world needs to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity, according to Terrigal Rotary Club member, Mr David Mylan.

Students will have the opportunity to display the thoughtfulness, knowledge and leadership needed to create global change when the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) returns to the region in 2018. Students from across the Coast will gather in Lecture Theatre 2 at the University of Newcastle’s Ourimbah Campus, on June 14, to discuss global politics and the issues of today, and how they can be solved by the leadership generation of tomorrow. “Come listen to our young people debating with each other about global issues that affect them.

“Fostering goodwill and an understanding of international issues is the focus of the Central Coast Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA), which is coordinated by the Rotary Clubs of the Central Coast,” Mr Mylan said. MUNA encourages global citizenship in high school students, by asking them to debate issues discussed in the United Nations General Assembly (UN). MUNA simulates the workings of the UN by having teams of students from Year 9 to 12 represent member countries of the UN and debate resolutions, as a way to develop their research and communication skills, as well as to gain a deeper understanding of important global issues.

This year, participating students will devise and debate resolutions on topical issues including international migration regulation, global economic governance, and the eradication of malaria. All teams will address women’s participation in UN Peace Keeping Operations for a separate Peace Trophy. “Teams from most of the Central Coast public, Catholic and Independent High Schools are participating this year. “That is 23 teams from 15 schools, representing 23 countries,” Mr Mylan said. “The University of Newcastle (UON), Central Coast, has enhanced its now fi fth year of sponsorship of MUNA, by providing the students with an online video series, which will help them to grow their research, presentation and critical thinking skills.

“UON continues to support the winning Central Coast team to compete at the National MUNA event in Canberra, later this year. “Come and experience the dynamic and colourful atmosphere as 69 students in national costume representing their country’s position and perspective in the debating topics of international relevance that affect all of us,” Mr Mylan said.

Source: Media release, Jun 7 David Mylan, Rotary Club of Terrigal