On Monday 15 August UNAA Victoria in partnership with the Victorian Association of Teachers of Italian will host an Italian Model UN Conference for VCE students studying Italian, sponsored by the Victorian Department of Education and Training.

The conference will be conducted by students entirely in Italian. Teachers of Italian in Victorian secondary schools are invited to register their students for the Italian conference, which will be held at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre.

Language Model UN Conferences offer students the opportunity to practice the language they study at the VCE level in a realistic international setting, debating global issues with students from other schools. Conferences in French and German have been successfully held over the past two years, while 2016 will mark the first Italian Model UN Conference.

A Model UN Conference is a creative simulation of the UN General Assembly in which students represent member states of the United Nations. In teams of 4 students will attempt to reach agreement on a new UN Resolution addressing the topic at hand. The conference is an opportunity for students to learn about international relations, the United Nations system and global issues in a fun, dynamic environment, while developing their negotiation and public speaking skills. Visit the UNAA Victoria's Model UN Conferences webpage for more information about MUN Conferences.

At the Italian conference students will debate the topic The Heat is On: Climate Change and the Environment.

The conference is aimed at Year 12s due to the level of Italian required, however, teachers are welcome to register their Year 11 students if they feel their Italian is sufficient to participate It will run over the full school day, and all student materials and instructions for teachers to prepare their students will be provided by the UNAA Victoria. There is no cost to participating schools.

In order to register your school’s interest in attending, please click on the registration below. Alternatively contact UNAA Victoria Program Manager Conal Thwaite at conal@unaavictoria.org.au or on 9620 3955.

The number of students able to attend from your school will depend on the number of registrations overall. Places are limited so please register as soon as possible. Confirmation of registration will be emailed to you as soon as possible.

The Italian conference is being managed by the UNAA Victoria and has been made possible by sponsorship from the Victorian Department of Education and Training.


Italian Model UN Conference details:

Registrations: please click here to register your students

Date: Monday 15 August 2016

Duration: 9:15am to 3pm

Topic: The Heat is On: Climate Change and the Environment

Venue and location: Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre (cnr of St Georges Rd and Bell Street, Preston)

Cost: free