The Model of United Nations Assembly attracts strong participation. Pictured here is last year's assembly held at the Tweed Civic Centre.
The Model of United Nations Assembly attracts strong participation. Pictured here is last year's assembly held at the Tweed Civic Centre. Contributed

Tweed’s budding diplomats to debate UN-style

BUDDING international diplomats and world leaders will meet at the Tweed Civic Centre on Saturday for the student Model of United Nations Assembly.

Referred to as MUNA, the annual event is hosted by Tweed Heads South Rotary and will include at least 30 teams, each consisting of three Year 11 and 12 students.

Contemporary international issues will be debated as the teams compete for a chance to participate in the National MUNA championships in Canberra later this year.

Local teams include students from Tweed River High, Lindisfarne Anglican College and Banora Point High with schools from as far as Boonah and Glen Innes also registered.

Youth service director Valerie Haywood said MUNA was designed to create an awareness of the role of the United Nations in mediating international issues.

She said students selected a country to represent then researched that country’s politics, economics, culture and its political alignment in relation to current world affairs as they prepared for their mock UN debate.

Often teams come in their chosen country’s national dress.

All are welcome to attend, with residents encouraged to watch debates which will take place from 10am to 3.30pm on Saturday, March 19.



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