About the Conference

Registration for NSW State Conference 2018 is now open!


View the 2018 Information Pack

On 23-25 March 2018, more than 200 students from across the state will meet at The Collaroy Centre and take part in the global conversation. You’ll learn about leadership, diplomacy and advocacy. You will connect with issues that baffle the leaders of today and shape our national discourse. Perhaps most importantly, you will form friendships with a diverse array of students from all around NSW and become inspired to deliver change in your local communities, and eventually the world.

Power, Diplomacy and Influence

What does it mean to be influential? How does influence take place, from grassroots activism to the halls of the UN? What is the role of diplomacy and soft power? And how do people, organisations and governments use various types of power to shape political and social narratives?

Over the course of the weekend we’ll be exploring these questions and more to consider what the changing face of diplomacy means for global politics in the decades to come.

What’s Involved?

State Conference spans across three days, giving you a chance to meet friends from all across NSW.

Delegates (that’s you!) will spend the first day of the conference meeting each other and getting ready to have some complex discussions. The second day centres around understanding and discussing the issue through workshops, listening to and questioning guest speakers , and tackling a simulated crisis in an Interactive Problem Solving activity. Wind down afterwards at the trivia night, and get your boogie on at our disco!

The final day of the conference is your chance to emulate a member state of the United Nations in Model UN debates held at the University of Sydney. Get into a diplomat’s shoes for a day and do your best to pass resolutions that will benefit the global community and align with your national interests – not always an easy task.

Event Details

When: Friday 23 March 2018 – Sunday, 25 March 2018
Where: The Collaroy Centre, 22 Homestead Avenue, Collaroy NSW 2097
Who: Students in years 9 to 12

State Conference is an event for anyone with an interest in international affairs. It’s a chance for you to meet like-minded peers and share your thoughts on issues affecting the global community. By the time you leave, we guarantee you’ll be better aware of what goes on in the world around you and more importantly about the role you can play in shaping its future. Before registering please read the Conditions of Participation and Code of Conduct.

A draft itinerary will be available soon.

Need more info?

Get in contact with our conference convenor Latifa Tasipale at [email protected]

You can also check out some shots from past conferences here.

I can’t wait to see you there.

Latifa Tasipale

State Conference 2018 Convenor

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