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About the Competition

Registrations for the 2020 Evatt Online Competition ARE NOW OPEN!

In line with the State and Federal Government restrictions on indoor gatherings and as a means of ensuring that UN Youth NSW is enforcing social distancing, the Evatt Competition will be held online and in a digital format in 2020! You can register for 2020 Evatt Online HERE!

The New South Wales Evatt Competition is the NSW State round of the UN Youth Australia Evatt Competition, Australia’s premier debating and diplomacy competition. Evatt is a Model United Nations Security Council diplomacy competition for students in Years 9-12. It aims to educate young people about Australia’s place in the world and empower them as active citizens by developing public speaking, negotiation, teamwork, research, and diplomatic skills. 

The competition takes the form of a mock session of the UN Security Council. Teams of two students debate, amend, and vote on resolutions from the perspective of the country they are assigned. Teams will be allocated one of the fifteen countries that are members of the United Nations Security Council in 2020. The students judged the most effective diplomats proceed to the next round.

The competition is named after the notable Herbert “Doc” Evatt, who was an Australian High Court Justice and a leading Federal politician who became President of the UN General Assembly and helped draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In the course of the debate, students will:

  •   Deliver speeches to the Council to persuade other teams of their country’s point of view;
  •   Lobby and negotiate with other teams in caucus time and in a separate Negotiation chamber;
  •   Amend the resolution to suit their country’s agenda; 
  •   Ask questions of other countries like in Parliamentary Question Time; 
  •   Vote on the final resolution

The Round Structure of the Evatt Competititon

Usually, the Evatt Competition proceeds in stages; all teams compete in a Preliminary round and then the top thirty teams are selected to compete in the State Semi-Final where they will debate more challenging resolutions. From this, the top fifteen teams are selected to compete in the State Grand Final and again, will debate resolutions of a more difficult nature. The top five teams from the State Grand Final are invited to compete in the UN Youth Australia Evatt National Finals in December.

However, the stages of the Evatt Competition in 2020 are likely to differ from the normal structure. There will most definitely be a second round for the most successful teams from the preliminary rounds, however, whether UN Youth NSW is able to host a State Semi-Final and a State Grand-Final now that the Competition has been moved online, as is usually the case, will be determined by reference to the number of registrations received. Students will be notified as to the how many post-preliminary rounds will be held once the preliminary rounds of the Competition have concluded.

Important Information

Country allocations and the prepared resolution will be emailed to students two weeks prior to the date of their Preliminary Round, with an impromptu resolution to be disseminated and debated on the day of the round.

Competitors are strongly encouraged to do preliminary research on their country and the issues covered in the prepared resolution. 

Check out the National Evatt page for more details on how debate works. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact the 2020 NSW Evatt Convenor, Jordan Ashby-Brigandi, at jordan.ashbybrigandi@markandstav.com.

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