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About the Competition

The NSW Negotiations Competition is a new UN Youth diplomacy and negotiation competition that immerses students in the role of state negotiators finding practicable solutions to important international disputes. By diving deeply into the complex details of high-stakes crises’, then working to satisfy the interest of their government as well as find a mutually agreeable solution in the negotiation, delegates will develop their creativity, problem solving, communication skills and teamwork as well as meet a great array of like-minded friends.

The competition takes the form of several rounds of formal negotiations over disputed between teams. Each individual structured negotiation consists of two teams of two students, representing their respective nations, proposing and debating solutions to find mutually beneficial resolutions to disagreements based in real-world situations. Teams, with limited knowledge of the positions of each other, are issued instructions from their respective governments with what outcome they should seek, and what should be avoided at all costs!

Negotiations’ main competition, with preliminary rounds held on the 3-4 August and finals on the 17th August, is the centre-point of the event, however throughout the weekend delegates will have their understanding of the key role of negotiation in the global system refined by several other experiences. Illuminating and engaging guest speakers will present their knowledge and experience of the negotiation process from a range of perspectives, and the IPS Crisis Simulation, held for those not selected for the finals, will give delegates the flavour of a constantly shifting, high pressure negotiation in realtime.

More Details on the Competition

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Event Details

When: The competition will be split across two days:

Preliminary rounds will be on 3-4 August;

Semi-Finals and Grand Finals will be on 17 August

Where: UTS Building 6, 702 Harris St, Ultimo NSW 2007

Who: Students in Years 10 through 12
Cost: $60 ($30 per each individual)

NOTE: Registrations for the NSW Negotiations Competition are on a first-come first-served basis, with a cap of 2 teams per school, so get in quick before places run out!

Contact Details

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the convenor, Garima Sharma at garima.sharma@unyouth.org.au.

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