National Conference 2014 by Rebecca Bayliss
Preparations for the 53rd annual UN Youth National Conference are well underway, with a fantastic line-up of noteworthy speakers, engaging workshops and debates locked in. Not only will delegates grapple with the big questions that both world leaders and young citizens are currently facing, but they will also share this experience with like-minded students from across Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region.
Sophie and her team have been busily organising activities and venues for the weeklong event to be held in July 2014. In particular, the conference will include speaker sessions and interactive workshops, both of which provide delegates with the toolkit they need to create change in their local community. The conference will mark the culmination of many months of preparation, and will welcome students from across Australia and overseas into the UN Youth Australia family.
What better place to delve into issues of both national and global importance than in the nation’s capital. The conference will ask delegates to question and scrutinise the roles and decisions of major Australian institutions- but instead of just talking about them, delegates will see these change-making bodies first-hand (think the majestic entrance of New Parliament House, the inside walls of the High Court of Australia and the Australian National University campus).
Many of the major legislative institutions, as well as other impressive establishments such as the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery, are all within walking distance of each other. No doubt that wandering between these iconic buildings and along the shores of Lake Burley Griffin with new found (and long-lasting) friends will be a main feature of the conference.
UN Youth Australia are excited to announce that we have partnered with the National Library of Australia and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House for National Conference this year. These two venues will no doubt provide a fitting backdrop for the robust discussion and debate that will take place among delegates.
Furthermore, delegates will immerse themselves in the cultures of their bloc nations. This will include embassy visits and of course- to continue the UNYA tradition- a delicious dinner with their fellow bloc members.
Delegates will stay at Bush Capital Lodge for the entire week, and travel to and from workshop and debate venues via an organised bus service. We thank the Australian National University and the ACT Government through the Office for Children, Youth and Family Support for their generous sponsorship and support, without which the conference would not be possible.
Find out more about the upcoming National Conference on the UN Youth Australia website.