Townsville Conference Registrations Now Open!

Townsville Conference 2019 registrations are now open! This is our premier North Queensland event, and it is open to high school students in years 9 to 12.

This two day, non-residential event will be held on Friday the 8th of March and Saturday the 9th of March. It will host workshops and activities designed to improve diplomacy and leadership skills. The location of the event is James Cook University – with the building and room number to be advised.

During the event, delegates will be given the opportunity to participate in the Evatt Trophy Competition, a Model United Nations Competition that places students (in teams of two from the same school) in the position of the countries on the United Nations Security Council to debate current pressing issues to global peace and security.

Evatt is designed for students with varying interests, experiences and abilities. No previous knowledge of international affairs, or MUN debating, is necessary.

If you have any questions, or are unsure if you will have a partner from your school, don’t hesitate to contact our Townsville Conference Convenor, Ailish Luke Martin, at ailish.lukemartin@unyouth.org.au.


Are you a high school student living near Mackay, Cairns, or Townsville? Do you have an interest in leadership, youth empowerment or international relations? Then this is the page for you!

In 2019, UN Youth Queensland will be running its three annual regional conferences. These are fantastic events for students in Northern Queensland to explore important international issues and participate in the regional arm of our state-wide Evatt diplomacy competition!

During these two-day events, students will be provided with the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and develop the skills they need to combat the great global challenges of our time. Along with this, students in these areas can participate in our Model United Nations Evatt competition, where they’ll represent an entire nation and strive for diplomatic supremacy.

More information on each conference will be released closer to their dates. The best way to stay informed is to follow our UN Youth Queensland Facebook Page.

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UN Youth Queensland’s Regional Conferences are Proudly Sponsored by our North Queensland Partner, James Cook University


I have never participated in Model United Nations debate. Is that an issue?
Absolutely not! The majority of people at these Conferences have never participated in Model United Nations debates before. We will explain everything when students arrive, and as the process is relaxed, students can be as involved as they want to be.

I don’t have a great deal of knowledge about international relations. Is it enough that I am interested?
Students don’t need any pre-existing knowledge. These events are all about learning and sharing opinions. If students are interested in any sort of social, political or environmental issues, they will have fun at these Conferences.

I don’t live in Mackay, or Townsville. Can I still come?
Students are absolutely welcome to come to an event that is run outside of where they live and go to school. Unfortunately, in the case of our regional conference, students will need to organise their own accommodation and transportation to the venues.

Can I have an Evatt partner from a different school for their regional Schools Forum?
Unfortunately not. Evatt is a competition where students represent their schools, so both students need to be at the same school. If students do not have a partner for the competition, they are still welcome to attend and participate, but they won’t be eligible to attend the State or National Finals of the Evatt competition.