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2 May.  Thanks to those who have responded to our EOI. Although the number of responses is understandably modest given the enduring COVID-19 situation, we are continuing to investigate options for MUNA related activities later in the year. Stay tuned and stay well!.

MUNA 2020 Postponed
We are very disappointed to have to announce the postponement of MUNA 2020. Although it cannot be known what the situation will be on 7-9 August, the dates originally scheduled, current restrictions are making it impossible for schools, Rotary clubs and Districts to properly prepare for the event, particularly where they wish to organise run-off competitions. We also completely understand how difficult it is for them to make any form of commitment in the current environment. As the situation becomes clearer, we will work with all those interested to identify a date later in the year on which we could hold MUNA.

If Rotary clubs or Districts would be interested in sponsoring a team to attend MUNA 2020 at a later date in the year and would like to be involved in identifying a new date, please complete the Expression of Interest form. Please note, this is strictly an expression of interest and carries no commitment. If any school wishes to be involved, but does not have a Rotary point of contact or possible sponsor identified, please email munaregistrar@gmail.com .

In addition, RCCS is considering options to run online MUNA-style events while Covid-19 restrictions are in place, to provide an opportunity for students to participate in a positive activity during this difficult time. Although the format of these would be determined in consultation with schools involved, at this stage we believe that costs to participate, if any, would be minimal. If you believe that this would be of interest to a school or schools in your area, please email garth.britton@netspeed.com.au .
 

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MUNA, the Model United Nations Assembly, is based on a continuing successful project, originally organised by the Rotary Club of Forbes, NSW, which has now been adopted by Rotary Districts and is enthusiastically supported by the United Nations.  Many Rotary Districts run their own MUNA event each year.  National MUNA brings together winners of District MUNA events and some other teams to debate United Nations related issues in the National Capital.

Each participating team is sponsored by a Rotary Club or District.  Teams are made up of two or three Year 11 or 12 students, with each team representing a nation at a simulated Model United Nations Assembly. Teams debate topics of international concern such as world peace, environmental issues and human rights over two days at the Museum of Australian Democracy (old Parliament House).

Before attending, students will have familiarised themselves with the nation they represent by studying its history, politics, economics, people, geography, international alignment and real life stance on world affairs. Where the nation selected by a team has an Embassy or High Commission in Canberra, teams are encouraged to make contact with them to request a visit, or alternatively to seek information on the country's position relevant to the issues relating to MUNA topics. A number of Embassies and High Commissions look forward to assisting the students and we encourage teams to make contact with their selected nation's Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. 

BENEFITS: - The students develop an awareness of the working of the United Nations and of the country that they are representing. They have an opportunity to practice and develop their public speaking and debating skills, and gain a better understanding of the international positions of other countries.