Are you in Years 9 – 12 and passionate about international relations?
We want your voice to be heard.
In February 2018, more than 125 students from across the state will meet at the Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre to 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 Queensland and Northern New South Wales and become inspired to deliver change in your local communities, and eventually the world.
Power, Diplomacy, and Influence
Recent years have produced plenty of conversation surrounding diplomacy and political power. In an evolving world, politics and diplomacy interact with national identity, cultural cohesion, conflict, and personal beliefs. One needs not look further than the refugee crisis to grasp the complexity of diplomacy and political influence in a modern context, where concerns about economic capacity and security are contrasted against ideals of inclusion and humanitarianism.
State Conference spans across three days, giving you a chance to meet friends from all across Queensland and Northern New South Wales.
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 dance!
The final day of the conference is your chance to emulate a member state of the United Nations in Model UN debates. 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.