If you want to learn more about the work of the United Nations or to get involved either locally or through your school or university, see the available options below.
Your school or university UN Society
A lot of schools and universities have their own United Nations Societies which you could join to learn more about the work of the Organisation. If one is not available in your school or university then why not start one yourself?
- University of Canberra United Nations Student Society
- University of Wollongong United Nations Society
- Macquarie University United Nations Society
- Sydney University United Nations Society
- University of South Australia United Nations & International Relations Society
- Adelaide University United Nations Society
- United Nations Student Association Griffith University, Gold Coast
- United Nations Student Association Griffith University, Brisbane
- University of New South Wales United Nations Society
- University of Technology Sydney United Nations Society
To add your society to the list please contact us.
Hundreds of thousands of students from primary schools to universities participate in Model UN simulations each year. The United Nations Department of Public Information has replaced the Global Model UN conference with two MUN workshops each year. These workshops are designed for university students and MUN advisors that organize Model UN simulations around the world.
The aim of the workshops is to examine how Model UN simulations can more accurately capture the negotiation process as it commonly occurs at the UN. More information on how to apply can be found here.
For those wishing to participate in a Model UN conference in the Asia-Pacific region you can participate in the Asia-Pacific Model United Nations Conference. Another popular simulation is the World Model UN and WFUNA International Model United Nations (WIMUN).
You might also find this UN System Chart, UNITAR Glossary of Terms for United Nations Delegates (PDF) and PGA Handbook: A Practical Guide to the United Nations General Assembly (PDF) useful in your preparations. More MUN Print Resources can be found here.
Intern or volunteer with the United Nations
If you are thinking of entering the world of diplomacy and public policy, an internship or a volunteer position with the United Nations could be for you. Visit our careers page to learn more.
Support the work of the UN Australia
United Nations Association of Australia – national non-profit organisation dedicated to informing the community about the work of the UN and seeking to advance the goals of the UN in Australia and around the world.
UNAA Young Professionals – involves and inspires young professionals throughout Australia in international affairs and the work of the United Nations around the world, through fundraising, awareness-raising and advocacy campaigns. The YP brings together a diverse mix of young professionals from business, law, government, the arts and philanthropy that are mainly between the ages of 22 to 40 years.
United Nations Youth Association of Australia – national youth-led charity that aims to build the people’s movement for the United Nations through the education and empowerment of young Australians.
Australian National Committee for UN Women – one of 18 National Committees globally, which support UN Women through membership programs, raising public awareness of gender and development issues and fundraising for UN Women projects around the world.
Australia for UNHCR – not-for-profit organisation that is dedicated to providing life-changing humanitarian support to refugees and other displaced and stateless people supported by UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency.
Australian National Committee for UNICEF – serving as the public face and dedicated voice of UNICEF, the National Committees, established as an independent local non-governmental organization, work tirelessly to raise funds from the private sector, promote children’s rights and secure worldwide visibility for children threatened by poverty, disasters, armed conflict, abuse and exploitation.
United Nations Global Compact Network Australia – primary purpose of the Australian Network is to offer practical help for organisations to integrate and operationalise the 10 Principles of UN Global Compact into their core business practices. It does so by providing a national and international platform for dialogue, learning and influence that aims to be inclusive, practical and leading edge.
United Nations Academic Impact – a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in furthering the realization of the purposes and mandate of the Organization through activities and research in a shared culture of intellectual social responsibility.
Support the work of the UN in New Zealand
United Nations Association of New Zealand – works to educate New Zealanders about the activities of the United Nations and its agencies. UNANZ is not an agency of the United Nations, but is associated to the Economic and Social Council through its World Federation of United Nations Association, WFUNA.
United Nations Youth Association of New Zealand – organiser of a growing number of events throughout New Zealand, at both a secondary and tertiary level. UN Youth serves as the youth arm of the United Nations Association of New Zealand
New Zealand National Committee for UN Women – membership-based organisation, and one of 16 national committees based in developed countries which offer a global network of support to the mission of UN Women through advocacy and fundraising. Raises awareness in New Zealand of the issues affecting women around the world, raise money to fund UN Women projects, and lobby the NZ government in support of UN Women’s work.
New Zealand National Committee for UNICEF – serving as the public face and dedicated voice of UNICEF, the National Committees, established as an independent local non-governmental organization, work tirelessly to raise funds from the private sector, promote children’s rights and secure worldwide visibility for children threatened by poverty, disasters, armed conflict, abuse and exploitation.