MUNA, an acronym for Model United Nations Assembly, is a youth project run by Rotary District 9820 to develop the skills and international understanding of youth in our Gippsland wide district that includes Melbourne's South East, the Mornington Peninsula and Gippsland regions.

The purpose of the Rotary Model United Nations Assembly (or MUNA, pronounced 'mew-na') is to encourage young people to learn about other countries and to develop an understanding of the workings of the United Nations. Delegates will also develop debating skills, gain self-confidence in public speaking and leadership skills. In many cases, long term friendships are also made through MUNA.

Rotary MUNA simulates the workings of the UN General Assembly right down to the Rules & Processes. Teams of two students from year 10 and (preferably) year 11 represent a nominated UN Member State. They are given topics well in advance. Resolutions are typically drawn from resolutions passed through the General Assembly or the Security Council and cover issues such as Education, Environment, Health, Human Rights, Nuclear Proliferation, Poverty, and Terrorism, the role of Women in promoting Peace and Security, and World Peace. Delegates must research the topics and be able to express the views of the country that they are representing, not their own or Australia’s (unless they are the Australian Delegation!).

The Rotary Club of Berwick supports this important Youth Program!