The Northern Territory Evatt Delegation to Evatt National Finals, Australia’s premier national debating and diplomacy competition.
Evatt National Finals brings together 8 delegations from all Australian States and Territories to compete in Australia’s most recognised Model United Nations competition. 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.
In 2022, Evatt National Finals will be going ahead in Adelaide, South Australia. Delegations will fly into Adelaide for the 6-day competition from the 29th of November to the 3rd of December 2022. The competition takes the form of several mock debates of the UN Security Council where teams of two students debate, amend and vote on resolutions from the perspective of the country they are assigned. In addition to debates, students will be immersed in interactive workshops and have the opportunity to meet leading academics and diplomats. Students will interactive and build friendships with other students from their territory and other states.
How does Evatt work?
Teams will be allocated one of the fifteen countries that are members of the United Nations Security Council in 2022, and through debate, students will engage with a diverse range of major global issues including armed conflict, human rights, terrorism and climate change. Students, or Delegates, will be judged on their ability to diplomatically represent their country.
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 Points of Information (questions) of other countries like in Parliamentary Question Time;
- Vote on the final resolution
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.
Why should I take part in Evatt?
- Gain skills in speaking, research, teamwork, leadership and diplomacy.
- Represent a country in the most important body in the international arena.
- Expand your horizons and engage with the big current issues in international relations – from global warming to terrorism, aid to intervention and debt to piracy.
- Debate, negotiate and lobby competitively.
- Meet other passionate and engaged young people.
You don’t need any prior debating, public speaking or model UN experience to take part in Evatt – some of our most successful teams have done absolutely no public speaking before! Evatt is a competition of diplomacy, teamwork and strategy.