WHAT IS NZ MODEL UN?
NZ Model UN (NZMUN) is UN Youth’s flagship Model UN conference. The event offers four days of thrilling debate, engaging guest speakers, and an all round inspiring experience. Due to the high quality of educational content and facilitation, delegates of all skill levels interested in global affairs, debating, or civics have the chance to experience the Model UN format at its most premier level. Guaranteed to provide education, excitement, and fun, this event is not to be missed.
Hosted at Victoria University in the heart of Wellington, NZMUN offers secondary school students the chance to experience life as a diplomat. Between engaging problem-solving workshops, to simulated committee sessions, students will be given a platform to discuss important topics relevant to global affairs. In the process of debate, students will learn more about the world and their place in it as a global citizen. Furthermore, as a cohort of 280 like-minded individuals, students can band together, build friendships, and tackle the world – one problem at a time.
Delegates will emerge from NZMUN, more equipped to make a difference in their communities, and become empowered to make an impact on the decision making which affects them.
WHAT IS UN YOUTH?
We are a non-profit organisation that provides civics education outside the traditional classroom context. Through fun workshops and conferences, we engage youth in the most pressing affairs of their country and the international community. Our goal is to inspire young New Zealanders to be active, global citizens. Global citizenship exists in an incredibly diverse range of forms, and UN Youth provides opportunities for delegates to develop their own form of active citizenship. Throughout Aotearoa, our work equips young people to become informed, engaged, and critical New Zealanders who understand their global context and the connections between the local and the global. Annually, over 3000 young New Zealanders from Northland to Southland attend a UN Youth event, run by a body of 150 volunteers across the country who dedicate many hours of their time to engaging young people and growing the organisation.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE CONFERENCE?
Each delegate will experience three committee sessions throughout the conference. These sessions are designed to encourage debate, critical thinking, and negotiation skills between delegates. There are also 3 special committees, in which select delegates are able to demonstrate a high level of in-depth problem solving as it pertains to certain UN bodies – such as the UN Security Council, the International Court of Justice, and NZMUN Crisis Committees.
Workshops feature engaging scenarios and formats which give delegates a chance to showcase and learn communication, creative thinking, and persuasive speaking skills. Separate from committee sessions, workshops do not require the delegates to be representing their countries while in them, but are rather a means of engaging delegates on an interactive level. Previous workshops have included Interactive Problem Solving (IPS) scenarios, ethics workshops, and negotiation based workshops.
Apart from the educational content, there are also many social aspects to NZMUN. Chiefly, the Opening Ceremony, Regional Group Dinners, and of course, the Gala – a highly anticipated cocktail-style evening event for delegates to dance and network at the end of what is sure to have been an invigorating conference!
The NZMUN 2022 Organising Committee wants to ensure that tikanga Māori is being upheld throughout our conference and beyond. We have chosen to create a values base for our event, highlighting the following principles.
This principle is about showing and receiving hospitality, kindness and care. One application of manaakitanga is of course through the hospitality we provide to the rangatahi and special guests that attend our events. Importantly, the principle also includes the idea of taking care of intangible things such as Te Reo Māori. Te Reo is an extremely important taonga and one that we should promote as an organisation.
This principle is about unity and solidarity. While the individual members of a community may not have similar opinions on different topics, they are united by the concept of humanity. A great deal of UN Youth’s work is designed to help build a peaceful and united community. Upholding the principle of kōtahitanga means respecting diversity while encouraging connections and the development of strong relationships.
These principles were chosen by the committee as they resonate with us deeply. They are not only the values we wish to uphold personally, but are also values we believe will help us foster a positive culture at our event, which will in turn allow all our rangatahi to make the most of NZMUN as an opportunity. If you would like to find out more about tikanga at UN Youth and our National Policy, please refer to the UN Youth National Tikanga Principles here.
The Press Corps Programme is integral to NZMUN as it frames the narrative of the conference. Over the last two years, this programme has seen redevelopment and revitalisation to maintain its importance to the conference at large. Being a member of the Press Corps allows students to represent different press media outlets, such as CNN, NZ Herald or Al-Jazeera, to name a few.
The media has always held an essential role in conveying information and heavily influences how much bias is portrayed in the news. While facts may follow a universal truth, the preference that is placed onto these facts to create stories and articles are not afforded the same intellectual purity.
The Press Corps is responsible for accurately representing the press in the simulation of the United Nations and will be reporting on and distributing data and information to delegates during the conference.
Being a part of the Press Corps allows students the opportunity to learn about journalism, hone their skills of writing and critical thinking, and gives students a chance to analyse how to best represent the media outlets they’ve been assigned to. This programme also provides conference delegates with a way to reflect on what they’ve been doing throughout NZMUN.
Press Delegates will be writing the narrative of what goes on in committee sessions throughout the conference, with guidance from trained Press Delegate Facilitators.
The cost of attending the conference will be $240. This will cover expenses such as NZMUN merchandise, conference venue, meals throughout the event, and the gala. You will be sent an invoice once you have been accepted to the conference unless you receive a scholarship.
This fee does not cover your accommodation in and transport to Wellington.
A number of scholarships are offered for delegates who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford to attend the conference. There are two types of scholarships offered- Embassy scholarships and Committee scholarships. If you are awarded an embassy scholarship, you will be attending the embassy that awarded you the scholarship on one of the days of the conference. Each scholarship covers the registration fee for the conference. Some particular scholarships assist in the cost of regional delegation.
We aim to make our conference accessible to all participants, so if you have accessibility needs, we will do our best to accommodate those. Please let us know how we can help you!
If you have any questions or issues, please contact Alisya at [email protected]
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