Evatt National Finals Kicks Off!
Today marked the first day of the Evatt National Finals, the final round of Australia’s UN Security Council Competition.
The day began with an insightful opening ceremony at which delegates were addressed by Her Excellency the Governor of Queensland, Penelope Wensley AC and former Foreign Minister Professor Gareth Evans, the Patron of UN Youth Australia.
Both Her Excellency and Dr. Evans focused their remarks on the skills and careers of diplomats, and reflected on H.V. Evatt, one of Australia’s greatest diplomatic leaders and the man after whom the competition is named.
After morning tea, delegates were given an insight into diplomatic skills in an interactive presentation from Dr. Caitlin Byrne, Associate Professor of International Relations at Bond University before starting to debate themselves in the first two preliminary sessions of the National Finals.
The theme of the day was nuclear non-proliferation, and delegates will debate the question of containing the spread of nuclear weapons from the perspective of the 15 nations of the Security Council. Later today, delegates will debate the first of the “surprise” resolutions prepared for the competition.
The 30 teams at the National Finals are the top teams from their state and territory competitions, which collectively involve over 1,000 students across the country. At the National Finals, all 30 teams will participate in seven resolution debates in the preliminary finals before the top 15 teams are selected on the penultimate day to progress to a Grand Final, consisting of three resolution debates, that selects the winner of the Evatt Trophy.