Education Neerim

Young Gippsland leaders discuss UN issues in Neerim

The most pressing international issues such as terrorism, disaster relief and climate change were addressed by a group of Gippsland secondary college students as part of the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) over the weekend.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien, who opened the MUNA event in Neerim , said it was refreshing to see the local students discussing international issues. .

Mr O’Brien said the event, organised by Rotary District 9820, involved each school being assigned a country to represent and a set of resolutions to investigate and discuss from the point of view of that country, with students encouraged to dress in the national costume of that country.

"The MUNA provides a great opportunity for young people in our region to get a different perspective on global issues and develop an understanding of different points of view around the world,” Mr O’Brien said.

In opening the assembly, Mr O’Brien was pleased to share a little of his own experience in global trade negotiations and working in a large embassy. 

“I was very impressed with the calibre of the students and the effort they put in to their costumes and contributions to the debate,” he said.

“Hopefully it will inspire them to go on and be great representatives for their communities and we may well see some of them as Australia's future diplomats.”

Mr O’Brien said congratulations must also be directed to Rotary for putting the event on every year and helping develop the next batch of local leaders.

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