Sarah’s passion for creating change

Year 11 student Sarah Lovelady is interested in issues affecting the global community. In April, this took her to the UN Youth NSW State Conference where she honed her skills of diplomacy and debating. Here she reports on the wonderful weekend.

‘On the last weekend of Term 1 I had the amazing opportunity to participate in the UN Youth State Conference held at the Collaroy Centre. This year’s conference brought together over 200 students from Years 9 to 12 across the state to discuss the theme of ‘Power, Diplomacy and Influence.’

Over the first two days some of the highlights included participating in Interactive Problem Solving, ‘Mock, mock debates’ and hearing from speakers’ panels on this year’s topic. On our last day we travelled to Sydney University to debate our resolutions. As part of the United Nations Development Council, and representing Canada, I debated a resolution discussing the role NGOs play in the global community. Across the other councils, topics such as gender equality, peaceful protest, and the effectiveness of sanctions were debated and we all participated in a General Assembly debate with everyone representing their own country.

Over the weekend I was able to meet so many inspirational people, from hearing from the head of Amnesty International Australia to creating so many new friendships across the state. I highly recommend State Conference to all girls who have a passion for creating change and who are interested in issues affecting the global community. State conference is not only a way to improve your diplomacy and debating skills but to have an amazing experience and create lasting friendships.’

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