Ever wanted to represent a country at the United Nations? Maybe you’d like to delve into the world of international relations and tackle the pressing issues of our time? Think these things sound terrifying, but you’re still intrigued anyway? Read on!
The South Australian Model United Nations Conference (or SAMUNC as we like to call it) is SA’s premier model UN conference. Each year hundreds of delegates gather together to debate, negotiate and pass resolutions on the important issues the international community faces, across various committees. Maybe you’re a law student with an interest in human rights. Perhaps you’re studying journalism and you’d like to join the press committee to report about international affairs. You might be taking environmental science and you’d like to join UNESCO to debate the ideas behind international policy-making. You could be studying teaching and think this is a fun idea to bring to a future classroom. Anyone can join in and you don’t have to be an expert on world politics to participate, just bring some enthusiasm and a sprinkle of dedication! There will be a beginner’s committee where we’ll take you through the ins and outs of what “MUN-ing” is, so first timers don’t need to be too stressed!
This year the conference is running from 20 – 23 September, jointly hosted by the University of South Australia and Adelaide University. It will be held at Adelaide University in 2015.
SAMUNC 2015 will be tackling the issues behind global sustainability. When does autonomous intelligence go too far? How can we hold the right balance between conserving cultural sites and boosting economic projects? What can the international community do about online terrorism? What is the future of the Brahamaputra river crisis between key players China and India? And what about creating solutions in cold conflict for Cyprus? These questions will be tackled across four days of debate, negotiation and resolution.
By day, you’ll be representing a country. By night, you’ll be hanging out at the socials and mingling with other students. It’s a great opportunity to meet people who are interested in the same kind of things as you are. You could just make a new best friend from the experience!
Registration for committee and press delegates is now open here, so get in quick to secure your spot!
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Words by Kayla Dickenson