Territory Conference is a weekend long event that brings together high school students from across the ACT and surrounds to explore and discuss issues facing the global diplomatic community today. Run entirely by young people for young people, this conference is an opportunity for ACT students to engage in workshops, speaker sessions, problem-solving programs, and also act as a diplomat for a United Nations Member State during mock General Assembly debates.
At this conference, students will probe the causes and effects of mass migration, and the role the international community should seek to play in refugee resettlement. Delegates will question whether previously stable regional collectives, like the European Union, are now breaking down (and if so, why?). They will investigate the shift in many domestic policies towards protectionism, and away from internationally-minded globalism. Finally, they will seek to understand the challenges faced by cultural and national groups when assimilating into a new community post-conflict.
The three-day conference typically runs in March each year, and is open to all students in Year 9 – 12. UN Youth is working to make our programs more accessible to all participants, particularly in the areas of mobility, vision, hearing, and communication. As such we use accessible venues and accommodation with rooms suitable for delegates and facilitators who may identify as having a disability.
Day One (Friday)
When you arrive in the afternoon, we will begin with some fun get to know you games so you know the people you’ll be spending the next few days with. We’ll have a quick introductory chat to set out the weekend and what you should expect, as well as a briefing from our Welfare officers. After a delicious dinner, you’ll be shown to your rooms to have a good night’s rest for a packed Day Two!
Day Two (Saturday)
The second day jumps straight into workshops – we’ll exploring the themes and concepts of the conference and having interesting, complex discussions surrounding them. The central theme will be explored by tackling these problems in workshops, and engaging with speaker panels. The biggest day of conference ends with a trivia night and themed disco (get excited!).
Day Three (Sunday)
The final day hold the debates, during which we’ll be applying what we’ve learnt in the previous days to model United Nations debate. This gives you an opportunity to take on the role of a diplomat for a United Nations Member State – challenging you to reconcile your country’s national interests with a cohesive global agenda.
If you are in Year 9 – 12 and passionate about international crises, diplomacy or peacebuilding, we’d love to meet you at Territory Conference!
There is no need to have any prior knowledge on international issues or experience with UN Youth to attend the conference.