Cairns Conference Registrations Now Open!

Cairns Conference is the premier event held in North Queensland that is open to high school students in years 9 to 12. The two day, non-residential event will be held from Friday August 3rd to Saturday August 4th, and will consist of workshops and activities designed to improve students diplomacy and leadership skills.

In combination with this, 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.

Register now here:I If you have any questions or are unsure if you will have a partner from your school, don’t hesitate to contact our Operations Director, Juliette Cross, at


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 the coming weeks and months UN Youth Queensland will be running our three annual regional conferences, where we’ll explore important international issues and conduct the regional arm of our state-wide Evatt diplomacy competition!

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

Sound interesting? Take a look above to check out a conference near you!

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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 debate 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 students sharing their opinions. If they 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. Just let us know where they are coming from, and 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.