Youth UN Conference to come to ANU

21 September 2014

More than 200 students are expected to converge on campus on 3-5 October for the inaugural National Capital Model United Nations Conference.

The conference allows students to represent the roles of countries on national and foreign policy issues from the perspective of that country.

“It creates an interesting medium where you debate from a perspective which isn’t necessarily your own. So it kind of lets you understand international issues to the complexity that they actually are,” says conference Co-Secretary General Dinith Adikari.

Current issues that may be discussed at the conference include drone warfare, food crises in developing countries, and war crimes against women.

“We also have students coming from Indonesia and some as far away as Germany which is quite interesting,” Adikari says.

“So they’ll come together and hopefully have a nice networking session where people with like-minded ideas and values can create this cooperation that will help them get into high profile positions in international affairs in the future.”

While in Canberra, many of the students will go embassies to meet with ambassadors and officials so they can understand foreign policy issues of those countries.

“We’ll have speakers such as ANU Chancellor Gareth Evans, who was previously an Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, at the opening ceremony. We’ll also have ambassadors and the United Nations centre director also coming to give speeches,” Adikari says.

It is open for all students to attend. Registration is $120 per student, to cover catering and venue hire.

More information on the conference can be found at http://ncmun.org/.