Sydney University’s United Nations Society cordially invites you to its seventh SUSMUN.
SUSMUN is a one-day conference targeting high school students in Year 10-12, who have a keen interest in diplomacy and international affairs. First held in 2007, SUSMUN now attracts over 100 students from more than 20 schools. Being one of the Asia-Pacific’s premier university United Nations societies, this event is intended to act as a drawcard for future UN society members.SUSMUN typically runs 4-5 committees containing 20-24 participants each, allowing students to experience an intensive day of negotiations and international politics. The conference also includes inspirational talks from guest speakers with first-hand experience in humanitarian and diplomatic work. Schools are able and encouraged to send multiple teams.
A one-day Model United Nations conference where students work in teams of two to represent the international policies of an assigned country. With the theme of “A World for All”, SUSMUN 2013 will centre upon equality. Whether it be recognising the rights of refugees within the UNHCR, or working towards higher global standards of living within ECOSOC, this year’s conference aims to showcase the power of debate and diplomacy to achieve universal objectives for all world citizens.
Students from Years 10-12, in teams of two. You may register as many teams as you wish, subject to availability. Countries are allocated on first-served basis, subject to the sufficient representation of blocs in the committee. The cost is $60 per team, which includes the registration fee, briefing materials, and morning tea and lunch.
What do students gain from Model United Nations?
MUN allows students to engage in international diplomacy and decision-making in an educational and enjoyable manner to better understand the workings of the United Nations. MUN is a great way to develop students’ global citizenship, while also furthering social consciousness in participants.
~ awards are given to the most diplomatic delegates of the day
~ meet engaged and like-minded students from across NSW
~ improves leadership, diplomacy and negotiation skills
~ hear about the United Nations’ work from our exclusive guest speakers
When is SUSMUN?
Thursday, 25 July 2013, from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Where is it held?
The University of Sydney Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre Complex, located at the Camperdown campus.
SUSMUN 2013 Topics
Security Council – The Situation in Syria and Responsibility to Protect
Would the circumstances in Syria justify international intervention? If so, under what circumstances? What about state sovereignty and the wishes of the Syrian state government?
1GA – The Question of the Use of Drones Across National Borders
The use of drones, or lethal autonomous robotics (LARs) poses a serious threat to the protection of human life, due to their capacity to indiscriminately kill during warfare. Currently, there is no effective system of legal accountability in place regarding the deployment of drones. How should the international community react to the future development, trade and use of drones? How can state sovereignty be upheld against the use of drones?
WHO – A Framework on Effective Virus Control Against a Backdrop of an H7N9 Outbreak in China/South-east Asia
How should the WHO respond to an H7N9 epidemic? How can the international community help in facilitating the development and distribution of a vaccine? How will unaffected countries react to Asia’s outbreak?
4GA SPECPOL – The Right to Develop Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purposes
Nuclear energy plays an important role in improving economic development, particularly for developing countries, but how is this balanced against the threat of nuclear warfare? Can the international community monitor the development of nuclear energy without contravening sovereignty?
UNHRC – The Question of Minimum International Standards of Education
Currently ICESCR recognises a right to free and compulsory primary education. However, how is this balanced with the realities faced by children in developing countries, who are often required to work from an early age? Are special measures needed to encourage greater female education?
Follow this link in order to register:
Follow this link in order to select your preferred country, depending on committee:
For further information, as well as a primer for how the day will run in general, please look at this document:
How can I find out more?
For any enquiries or to be added to our mailing list, please do not hesitate to contact Tiffany Ha at firstname.lastname@example.org.