MUNA - Model United Nations Assembly
At MUNA, each team of two senior secondary students represent a UN Nation in debates on matters of world political concern. The teams wear the national dress of the countries they are representing and respond to the questions as those countries would respond. For students, MUNA offers the opportunity to get to know another country intimately and then to learn debating and meeting skills throughout the weekend.
The Tasmanian MUNA is held in Deloraine over the third weekend in May each year, with a supervised dance night on the Saturday evening. The best performing team is then sponsored to represent Rotary District 9830 in Canberra.
The venue for the national finals of MUNA is usually the Senate chambers of Old Parliament House. The team members are hosted for afternoon tea at the Governor General's Residence at Yarralumla. At the formal dinner on Saturday evening Embassy Officials are invited to sit with the respective teams.
WHAT IS MUNA?
The idea of a Model United Nations Assembly is to involve secondary students in a hands-on experience of a UN-style conference to increase international understanding and goodwill, which is one of the objects of Rotary. The aim is not only to involve those students or Delegates who attend the conference but also a wide cross section of the participating schools.
MUNA was first introduced to Rotary at Lake Cargelligo in 1980 and the concept was passed on to the Forbes Rotary Club in 1984.
Since then, MUNA has spread throughout most districts of Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. In 1989, Rotary World President Royce Abbey placed MUNA on the World Youth Activities Committee Agenda for Rotary and similar sessions are now held in many countries.
The Rotary Club of Deloraine organises a Model United Nations Assembly in Deloraine each year. MUNA is conducted over a weekend and students are billeted with Rotarians. Our club has organised this event for over 20 years. New entrants find their feet quickly and really have a good time. There is a disco on the Saturday night, always proving popular.
HOW DOES IT WORK:
Each nominated school is given a country to represent and a set of resolutions to investigate and discuss from the point of view of the country they are representing. All students are encouraged to dress in National costume of the country they are representing throughout the conference. National costumes will be judged throughout the weekend and prizes will be given for best costume. (There is a disco on Saturday night where casual dress applies.)
Each school and its delegates research the positions of the country they represent on the issues to be debated. In this way, the students gain informed knowledge and understanding of this country and hopefully many regions of the world.
Rotary believes that it is through our youth that hopefully we can look forward to increased world peace and understanding.
MUNA judges select a winning team, who travel to Canberra in August to represent Tasmania in the National MUNA competition. Students' air fares and accommodation are paid for as part of the prize.
This is a fun and educational event that will appeal to those who are keen to debate issues and take a stand as viewed through the eyes of another culture. As delegates to the Model United Nations you can "use a bit of licence" and be a little outrageous in your views. This lightens the mood of some of the motions being debated and can catch the eye of those looking for a winner. This doesn't mean you can to be too silly or overdo it.
Come and have a good time, meet lots of new friends and gain an insight into how global democracy works.
MUNA will next be held in May 2020.
For more information you can contact Annette Viney 0412 437 417 or email Annette on