Kentucky United Nations Assembly

KUNA Overview

The Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA) is a 3-day experiential learning conference in which students participate directly in simulated international diplomacy. KUNA offers students the opportunity to experience the richness of cultures from around the world, develop empathy, and hone their critical thinking skills while engaging with a wide variety of perspectives and global issues.

KUNA 2018   Dates Location Fin. Aid Due Reg. Due
Middle School 1 Mar. 18-20 Crowne Tue. Jan. 23 Tue. Feb. 6
Middle School 2 Mar. 25-27 Marriott Tue. Feb. 6 Tue. Feb. 20
Middle School 3 Mar. 25-27 Crowne Tue. Feb. 6 Tue. Feb. 20
High School 1 Mar. 4-6 Galt House Tue. Jan. 23 Tue. Feb. 6
High School 2 Mar. 11-13 Galt House Tue. Jan. 23 Tue. Feb. 6
High School 3 Mar. 22-24 Galt House Tue. Feb. 6 Tue. Feb. 20

The Galt House, Crowne Plaza, and Marriott hotels are all located in Louisville, KY.

 

Representing Countries

Each delegation selects the country or countries they choose to represent on a first-come, first-served basis as part of the KUNA Registration process. Countries can be represented by 1-30 Ambassadors.

As Ambassadors sharing the culture and diverse interests of UN member nations from around the world, students represent aspects of their country’s culture and traditions with a Global Village Booth in our Global Village, Country Signs & Flags during our Parade of Nations, Cultural Attire from their respective nations, and cultural performances on our International Stage.

 

Program Areas

At KUNA, students participate in one of the Program Areas at the Assembly based on their grade and experience. Each area is led by Presiding and Supporting Officers, with a variety of Delegate Roles available to participants:

UN General Assembly | HS & MS | All Delegates Eligible

The primary organ of the UN, and the largest program area at KUNA – Ambassadors research, write, and debate resolutions on international policy issues. Delegations can sponsor 1 resolution in the UN General Assembly for each country they are representing.

Presiding Officers Supporting Officers Delegate Roles
President of UN GA Comm. Chairs / Summit Pres. Ambassadors
Res. Sponsors (1-4 per res.)
Parliamentarians (1-2 per sch.)

UN Security Council | HS & MS | Gr. 7-8, 11-12, 1 student per country

The largest program area at KUNA – Ambassadors research, write, and debate resolutions on international policy issues. Delegations can sponsor 1 resolution in the UN General Assembly for each country they are representing.

Presiding Officers Supporting Officers Delegate Roles
President of UNSC Clerk of UN Sec. Council UNSC Rep. (1 per country)

Intl. Court of Justice | HS Only | Gr. 10-12, 1 team of 1-3 students per delegation

The largest program area at KUNA – Ambassadors research, write, and debate resolutions on international policy issues. Delegations can sponsor 1 resolution in the UN General Assembly for each country they are representing.

Presiding Officers Supporting Officers Delegate Roles
ICJ Presidents (2) ICJ Justices (4) Attorneys (1 team per del.)

UN Secretariat | HS Only | Gr. 10-12, Application Only

The largest program area at KUNA – Ambassadors research, write, and debate resolutions on international policy issues. Delegations can sponsor 1 resolution in the UN General Assembly for each country they are representing.

Presiding Officers Supporting Officers Delegate Roles
Secretary General Sec. Gen. Chief of Staff
Deputy Sec. General Under-Secs. Gen. (7)

Media Corps | HS Only | Gr. 10-12, 1 per delegation

The largest program area at KUNA – Ambassadors research, write, and debate resolutions on international policy issues. Delegations can sponsor 1 resolution in the UN General Assembly for each country they are representing.

Presiding Officers Supporting Officers Delegate Roles
Editor-in-Chief Assistant Editor(s) Media Delegates

 

Leadership

Presiding Officers are elected or appointed by students to serve as Assembly leadership, and work with Supporting Officers to ensure that their respective Program Areas are running smoothly. All Officers are supported by YMCA professionals, advisors, alumni, and parent volunteers.

Students interested in running for an elected Presiding Officer position should review the Candidate and Election guidelines in preparation for their campaigns.