Every year the UN Youth National Conference, run entirely by UN Youth volunteers from that city, brings together over 100 exceptional young people from across Australia and the Asia-Pacific to discuss a diverse range of international and local issues. The National Conference is held each year in July in a different Australian capital city, this years’ week-long conference was held in Brisbane in July, two USC students Holly Stapledon (Year 12) and Anushri Goswami (Year 11) attended the invite only event to learn from experts in international relations, participate in interactive workshops and formally debate questions of global importance.
The Conference aims to create a generation of young Australians who are informed and passionate about the world around them through education, engagement with national leaders, and peer mentorship. The Conference includes students from every state and territory, as well from New Zealand and across the Asia-Pacific.
The University Senior College Old Scholars’ Association (USCOSA) provided some financial assistance for both Holly and Anushri to attend the conference, support they were both incredibly thankful for. We would also like to congratulate Holly Stapledon who was awarded the ‘UN Youth National Conference Best Delegate 2016’.
(Pictured) Anushri and Holly attending the South Australian UN Youth Conference earlier this year in March
Holly writes of her experience:
The UN Youth National Conference 2016 was an invaluable event that explored the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda through engaging workshops, speaker’s panels and model United Nations debate. The conference addressed the actions necessary to end poverty, protect the environment and stimulate global prosperity in the next century.
The model Economic and Social Council debate gave both Anushri and I an opportunity to apply our knowledge of economics and politics to the protection of migrant workers and the implementation of the Dhaka Principles. Our second debate, regarding the issue of global overfishing, gave us valuable insight into the effects of unrestrained agricultural practice and the issues involved with food supply in the 21st century. Diverse and knowledgeable speakers delivered noteworthy panels focusing on LGBTQI rights, gender equality, the role of modern media, and social entrepreneurship. Particularly engaging was an address by the Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations.
The UN Youth Organisation has provided Anushri and I with a strong platform to begin our pursuit of economic and social global prosperity. We hope to apply our learning to our studies and future careers in diplomacy and international relations.
South Australian Conference – March 2017
SA’s premier youth summit, SA Conference brings together Year 10-12 students from across the state in March for a weekend of discussion, debate and inspiration on some of the globe’s most pressing issues.