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.
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 global information about the Rotary organisation go to the Rotary International website at www.Rotary.org.