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May 18-20 2018

The Rotary District 9820 Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) is a youth Project to develop the skills of the talented youth of Melbourne's South East, the Mornington Peninsula and Gippsland regions.

 

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Intro


May 18-20 2018

The Rotary District 9820 Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) is a youth Project to develop the skills of the talented youth of Melbourne's South East, the Mornington Peninsula and Gippsland regions.

 

MUNA 2018 Expressions of Interest

Click Here

 

See MUNA 2017 Winners

 

MUNA gratefully acknowledges support from:

 

AN INTRODUCTION TO D9820 MUNA...

The purpose of the Rotary Model United Nations Assembly (or MUNA, pronounced 'mew-na') is to encourage young people to learn about other countries and to develop an understanding of the workings of the United Nations. Delegates will also develop debating skills, gain self-confidence in public speaking and leadership skills. In many cases, long term friendships are also made through MUNA.

Rotary MUNA simulates the workings of the UN General Assembly right down to the Rules & Processes. Teams of two students from year 10 and (preferably) year 11 represent a nominated UN Member State. They are given topics well in advance. Resolutions are typically drawn from resolutions passed through the General Assembly or the Security Council and cover issues such as Education, Environment, Health, Human Rights, Nuclear Proliferation, Poverty, and Terrorism, the role of Women in promoting Peace and Security, and World Peace. Delegates must research the topics and be able to express the views of the country that they are representing, not their own or Australia’s (unless they are the Australian Delegation!).

Delegates are encouraged to wear an appropriate national costume and have fun doing it. The objective is to encourage young people to learn respect and tolerance for people of all cultures, races, religions and nationalities. MUNA is all about building bridges of goodwill for world peace and understanding in the minds of our youth. As we move into the third millennium, we hope that by encouraging and facilitating dialogue between young people the future of our planet and of those who inhabit it will be enhanced.

Regrettably, many leaders have exploited differences of race, religion, culture and ethnicity to consolidate their own power. The lessons from two world wars and numerous lesser conflicts, many still ongoing, should be absorbed by our youth so that they can avoid repeating the mistakes of our past.

MUNA challenges our youth to respect cultural diversity and differences of race and religion while retaining their own individualism and the best of their national customs and traditions.

MUNA is a Rotary District 9820 Youth Project sponsored by the Rotary Club of Traralgon (2010 - current) with the assistance of the Rotary Club of Casey, Rotary Club of Traralgon Central and other district Rotarians.

 
 
 
 

Karen Towers, Head of Humanities, Toorak College: MUNA has had a positive lasting effect on her students [2015]

Footage Courtesy of WIN TV. This Rotary D9820 Promotional MUNA video is from 2013/2014 and some registration details have changed.

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History


History

MUNA was first conducted by Rotary in Winnipeg in Canada and introduced to Australia by the Rotary Club of Lake Cargelligo in 1980.

History


History

MUNA was first conducted by Rotary in Winnipeg in Canada and introduced to Australia by the Rotary Club of Lake Cargelligo in 1980.

MUNA as a concept arose in North America from the desire for young people to simulate the great debates of the United Nations Assembly.

In 1988 the Rotary Club of Forbes realised the potential for Rotary to spread MUNA more widely and undertook MUNA-88; a Rotary Bicentennial Project for Youth. The challenge issued by the Forbes club has been taken by many Rotary Districts so that now MUNA has spread throughout Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and world wide. The first Australian National MUNA was held in the Australian Parliament in August, 1997.

The United Nations has given enthusiastic support for the ongoing growth of this very worthwhile project for youth. In 1989, RI President Royce Abbey of Melbourne placed MUNA on the world Youth Activities Committee Agenda for Rotary International and it was fitting that MUNA was included as part of the Rotary International Conference conducted in Melbourne in 1993.

Rotary International Conference 2016 - Rotary.org

Rotary International Conference 2016 - Rotary.org

In June 1995, a MUNA delegation of five students representing Australia attended the Rotary/United Nations Presidential MUNA celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the U.N Charter in San Francisco. Rotary MUNA is now conducted in all five continents of the world and aims to operate in each of the existing 500+ Rotary Districts world wide.

Rotary, with over 35,000 clubs spread across 154 countries and having over 1.2 million membership committed to service, has a unique potential to bring the message of world peace and understanding to youth through MUNA which encourages them to communicate their knowledge and idealism by the shared exhilaration of debating significant and political issues.

You can find out more about Rotary in Gippsland (District 9820) at www.District9820.org. For more information about the Rotary Organisation go to the Rotary International website at www.Rotary.org.

Dressed in traditional country attire, Delegates debate the issues of the United Nations in an effort to build peace and gain a global understanding.

Dressed in traditional country attire, Delegates debate the issues of the United Nations in an effort to build peace and gain a global understanding.