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What Is The United Nations Association?

The United Nations Association (UNA) is a membership based, voluntary, non-governmental organisation. We campaign, educate and fundraise to turn the ideals of the United Nations into a reality. UNA-UK is part of the World Federation of UNAs.
Although totally independent of the UN system and not funded by it, we aim to ensure that the UN is used more effectively and creatively in all areas where it works. UNA is deeply committed to the ideals of the UN and also works for it’s strengthening which often means pressing for reform and working for positive change.
Sutton and Croydon Branch, and is part of the London and South-East Region. The Branch regularly organizes talks, debates policy and co-ordinates a long-established school’s debating competition, across the two boroughs.

The 2015-16 debating competition was won by Oxted school, runners up were Glenthorne school, and best speaker Iffat Mirta.

2015-16 winners Oxted School

• The Sutton & Croydon Branch of the United Nations Association has been running this competition since 1977. 

• More than 20 secondary schools (a mix of state, public and private), from Croydon, Wimbledon, Sutton and Surrey, compete annually in the competition.

• The local UNA Branch publishes a list of Topics for debate and the Draw. The “home” team selects the topic and the “away” team decides whether to propose or oppose. The Branch provides three independent judges.

• The schools compete on a knockout basis, seeded into three Rounds, semi finals and the Final. In the earlier rounds school teams of two speakers each speak for up to 8 minutes and in the semi-finals and final up to 10 minutes.

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