frequently asked questions
Yes they are encouraged to and those that have in the past have all had a great time. Unless the student is very confident with the debating in English skills Exchange students are encouraged to form a 3rd member of a team and in that situation only a reduced fee is charged.
Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the U.N. General Assembly.
The Rotary Model United Nations Assembly is all about building bridges of goodwill for world peace and understanding in the minds of our youth.
MUNA was first conducted in Rotary by Rotary at Winnipeg in Canada, and introduced to Australia by the Lake Cargelligo Rotary Club in 1980
In 1989 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.
By 1995 five Australian students were sponsored to participate in the MUNA conducted by the Rotary Club of San Francisco as part of the Rotary/United Nations presidential Conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.
Whilst not all Districts participate, it is Australia wide and each year our district also sends representatives to the National assembly in Canberra.Rotary MUNA is now conducted in all five continents of the world and aims to operate in each of the existing 518 Rotary Districts world wide.
Students are selected in teams of 2 to represent a country. This year we have about 70 students representing 35 countries.
They are encouraged to wear the national dress of that country.
They are given topics to discuss and debate. This process is carried out in the “assembly room” in a manner as close as possible to a genuine United Nations Assembly
Whilst some districts put the emphasis on running their assembly in a venue as close as possible to the real thing (District 9810 use the Old Parliament House), district 9800 have put the emphasis on a “live in” venue to encourage camaraderie.
The process of MUNA forces the participants to think about how people from other nationalities think differently about the same issues and helps them develop a better understanding of other countries and therefore respect for other peoples views. This is a positive force towards world peace.
The process also gives the young people an excellent opportunity to develop their public speaking skills and debating skills in particular.
The “live in” format that this district has adopted helps the participants develop relationships and form friendships with other young people and encourages them to share their thoughts and views with others.
Prizes/certificates are presented to:
Best debating team is also sponsored (by District MUNA) to attend the National (Canberra Sunrise) MUNA (all expenses paid - eg travel, registration accommodation) accompanied by a MUNA committee member.
Clubs are needed to be SPONSOR CLUBS. ie. They provide participants to generally form teams of 2 from a local school. The cost fully paid for by the sponsor club. The club also needs to organise transport and reimburse up to $50/student for costumes.
This is usually very rewarding for clubs as it is a good opportunity for the students to be guest speakers at the club and prove how well they have developed their speaking and debating skills.