Introduction to MUNA
MUNA, (Model United Nations Assembly), is a project organised and sponsored by Rotary Clubs to build international understanding and promote goodwill for world peace. It invites high school students to form school teams and participate in debates, along the principles adopted at the United Nations Assembly, pertinent to world political and social issues. Each team represents a particular country.
History of MUNA
Rotary first conducted MUNA in Canada. The Rotary Club of Lake Cargelligo introduced MUNA to Australia. The Rotary Club of Forbes, was the first Rotary Club to take it up.
The first Assembly was held in May 1988 at the Kings Preparatory School Hall, thanks to the efforts of the Rotary Club of Carlingford. Several clubs afterwards took up the responsibility of organising the assembly. These are the Rotary Clubs of Kellyville (1991-94), Winston Hills (1995-97), Lindfield (1998-02), Roseville Chase (2003) and West Pennant Hills from 2004.
The winner of District 9680 MUNA is invited to participate in the National MUNA, usually held in Canberra.
Benefits of MUNA
Students develop an awareness of the workings of the United Nations and by conducting their research on the resolution they select to debate, they will gain an understanding of where their country stands in world affairs. They will learn about the lobbying and diplomatic manoeuvring that take place in the assembly.
They will practise and develop their debating skills and gain confidence in public speaking.