How Debate Works

Evatt is a simulation of the UN Security Council (UNSC), one of the principal organs of the United Nations and the body with the maintenance of international peace and security.

Its powers, exercised through UN Security Council resolutions, include the establishment of peacekeeping operations, the establishment of international sanctions, and the authorization of military action.

It also plays a central role in admitting new Member States and appointing the UN Secretary General. It sits in “permanent session” which means meetings can be held at a moment’s notice to respond to a global crisis.

Members of the UNSC

The Council is composed of 15 Member States:

UNSC Procedure

The Security Council’s procedure is based on the premise that representatives do this full time (which is fair, since it’s their job). Sadly, we don’t have that luxury, and so an Evatt Security Council simulation runs on rules of procedure developed specifically for the competition.

We realise that these rules are complicated, and so you can find on this page a more detailed Guide to Procedure and a Procedure Cheat Sheet. Amendments (changes to the resolution you write yourself) are the heart of Evatt, and you can find a useful Amendment Form for printing, as well as tips on how to figure out which amendments to propose, at our Research site.

However, there is absolutely no substitute for actually doing an Evatt to learn the procedure, and to that end you should check out the Evatt competition in your state for the next round or an opportunity to hold an Evatt in School!

Likewise we would recommend that advanced and experienced students review the official rules of procedure, since there are lots of hidden goodies in there for the high performing team.


How to Win

The aim of a team in an Evatt competition is simple: achieve your nation’s goals through diplomacy.

The arena is the UN Security Council, convened to consider a draft resolution (drawn up by your UN Youth judges).

You must use all the tools of the Security Council to mould this resolution to advance your assigned country’s interests: formal speeches, amendments, parliamentary procedure, and, of course, lots of back-room wheeling and dealing.

The particular Security Council rules and the means by which you’ll be assessed are in our Rules of Procedure.This is pretty dense, so check out our guides:

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