About the Diplomacy Competition
The Diplomacy Competition is an online Model UN, run throughout the year in four rounds. It aims to develop a different skillset from our typical Model UN conferences, and allows for continued engagement throughout the year. The competition is open to all high school students in New Zealand in teams of 3 – 4 from the same school. Best of all, it’s entirely free!
The Competition takes place over four rounds, each divided into phases. Each Team will be randomly assigned a country and given a Briefing paper and Resolution on a particular topic. You will use these resources to research and produce a Position Paper, as well as to amend the Resolution. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to read other Teams’ Position Papers, comment on them, and then revise your own Position Paper. Both external facilitators and other teams will mark each Position Paper.
Visit our website at diplomacy.unyouth.org.nz for more information about the Competition.
Diplomacy Competition’s Aims
Technology provides us with a greater ability to engage with our education programme at any time, allowing flexibility around the availability of participants. We want to take advantage of technology’s levelling effect and use it as an educational tool to support the collective development of students in an online environment. By tapping into the benefits of modern technology, we hope to make Model United Nations a more frequent activity that students can be involved in regularly and all year round.
As our conferences reach capacity, potential delegates have to be turned away for logistical reasons. This competition is designed to be scalable to ensure that every student in New Zealand has the opportunity to engage with our civic education programme. We believe that Model United Nations should be for everyone and we want to bring together more groups of students, across different cultures and greater geographic distances, outside of the four main city centres. Better yet, this will all be in real time for the purposes of developing skills and gaining knowledge.
The Competition has been designed as a platform to facilitate a wide variety of educational content that can be tailored to meet the New Zealand schools’ curriculum. We want to increase the availability and academic relevance of the Model United Nations experience, engage more students in collaborative problem solving and foster leadership and positive engagement through the discussion and debate of the world’s most pressing problems.
- March 15 – April 15: Round One
- May-June: Round Two (dates TBC)
- June-July: Round Three
- Late July-September: Round Four