Posted by Ian Dyball on Aug 21, 2017
The primary aim of the Model United Nations Assembly is, like so many programs of Rotary International, the building bridges of goodwill for world peace and understanding.
MUNA simulates the workings of the United Nations General Assembly by having teams of senior high school students represent a particular United Nations country in debates on matters of world political and social concern.
Students are provided in advance of the topics they are to debate, and must research the policies and opinions of their “adopted” country, which may well be, and often are, very different to those held by the students or of contemporary Australia. Students are encouraged to make sympathetic and informed comments on world issues.
Students are encouraged to dress in the style of their adopted country, and do so with great imagination.

Participation in MUNA strengthens debating and public speaking skills and lays the foundation for the free sharing of ideas across national and international boundaries. This is surely the essence of a truly open society tolerant to differences of race, religion, and political opinion.
The Assembly is chaired by Rotarians. This is an amazing program, and as well as addressing very real world issues, it is highly entertaining to watch these students in action. It is also worth remembering that a delegations of 49 Rotary members helped draft the UN Charter in San Francisco in 1945, and the first meeting of the United Nations, which took place in London on the 16th January 1946, was presided over by then Rotary International President Tom Warren.