About the Evatt Competition

Every year UN Youth New Zealand selects four secondary school students to attend the Evatt Competition in Australia, which is run by our good friends at UN Youth Australia. Evatt is a simulation of the UN Security Council (UNSC), one of the principal organs of the United Nations and the body charged with the maintenance of international peace and security.

Each Australian State holds preliminary competitions at various times in the year and the National Finals is held in December. Students compete in pairs and every year UN Youth Australia reserves two places (four students) out of the 30 teams in the National Finals for UN Youth New Zealand. In 2017, the National Finals will be in Canberra.

The aim of a team in the Evatt Competition is simple: achieve their nation’s goals through diplomacy. The arena is the UN Security Council, convened to consider a draft resolution. Each team of two must use all the tools of the Security Council to mould the resolution to advance their assigned country’s interests: formal speeches, amendments, parliamentary procedure, and, of course, lots of back-room wheeling and dealing. The students judged the most effective diplomats proceed to the next round.

Additionally, there will be workshops from experts in their field and inspiring speaker sessions. Overall, Evatt educates young people about the world and empowers them as active citizens by developing public speaking, negotiation, teamwork, research, and diplomatic skills.