Students Host Model UN Conference

WA students will host the Model United Nations Conference in Perth.
WA students will host the Model United Nations Conference in Perth.

A TEAM of 17 students, including 12 from the University of WA (UWA), is preparing to host WA’s first international Model United Nations conference.

The Asia-Pacific Model United Nations Conference (AMUNC) will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Supreme Court of WA from June 29-July 4.

Conference convener Rida Ahmed (22) secured the hosting rights for the event last year in Brisbane and has had to extend her university degree by a semester to juggle her AMUNC responsibilities and her studies.

“In July 2014 we were awarded hosting rights and since then it’s been a full time job,” Miss Ahmed said.

“We’ve received a lot of external guidance, in particular from the Perth Convention Bureau, the University of Western Australia and Student Guild of UWA, but it’s the team members who have worked day and night to make sure everything in the lead-up to and during the event is as flawless as possible.

“By hosting AMUNC, we hope to provide great exposure to Perth students, who otherwise miss out on these opportunities because of travel and accommodation costs and enable them to compete with our eastern state and European counterparts.”

Miss Ahmed said Australia was slowly catching up to other countries’ participation in Model UN.

“By hosting the conference, I hope the Perth delegates will be able to learn and understand what is involved in participating in a MUN competition and also what it is like to host one,” she said.

“This is a big win for WA’s aspiring diplomats.”

More than 700 people from the Asia-Pacific region will participate in the conference and debate issues of global significance.

City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi and UWA Vice-Chancellor Paul Johnson are among the distinguished speakers who will address the conference.