Registrations are now open for Evatt NSW 2019, the state round of Australia’s premier debating and diplomacy competition.
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Evatt is a Model United Nations Security Council diplomacy competition for students in Years 9-12. It aims to educate young people about Australia’s place in the world and empower them as active citizens by developing public speaking, negotiation, teamwork, research, and diplomatic skills. More than 2,000 students compete in Evatt each year.
The competition takes the form of a mock session of the UN Security Council. Teams of two students debate, amend, and vote on a prepared resolution from the perspective of their assigned nation. The students judged the most effective diplomats proceed to the next round.
The competition is named after the notable Herbert “Doc” Evatt, who was an Australian High Court Justice and a leading Federal politician who became President of the UN General Assembly and helped draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In the course of the debate, students will:
- Deliver speeches to the Council to persuade other teams of their country’s point of view;
- Lobby and negotiate with other teams in caucus time and in a separate Negotiation chamber;
- Amend the resolution to suit their country’s agenda
- Ask questions of other countries (like Parliamentary Question Time);
- Vote on the final resolution
Evatt proceeds in stages.
- The Preliminary Rounds are half-day rounds held across NSW. All competitors attend one Preliminary Round. An announcement of the teams who have made the Semi Finals will not be made until after all Preliminary Rounds are completed.
- The Semi Finals, held in Sydney, are where the top 30 teams from the Preliminary Rounds compete in a series of more challenging debates for half a day.
- In the State Final held at NSW Parliament House, the best 15 teams compete over a full day to be named the best team in the state.
- The top 5 teams from the State Final go on to the National Finals held in December.