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WHAT IS A WHO SIMULATION?
A WHO Simulation is a student-led reproduction of the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly, recreating the political, social, cultural and economic realities of global health policy. For those of you who are familiar with Model United Nations conferences (Model UN), it is very similar to this, but is focused on the WHO’s activities. Participants will represent a country, a non-governmental actor (NGOs and non-state actors) or a journalist and stay true to their role throughout the conference. During the simulation, participants will come into conflict, “make allies and enemies, engage in public and back-room dealings, cajole and coerce, compromise and stand their ground and use all sorts of tricks of the diplomatic trade to meet the goals of their individual roles”, while debating according to correct WHO procedure (IFMSA).
Delegates will research, debate, and apply their diplomacy skills to formulate their own interests while also keeping with their countries’ or organizations’ health policies. Then, all of the regions will convene in a plenary session to formulate a consensus document, which is later presented to the World Health Organization in Geneva.
There are currently five model WHO simulations in Europe: NorWHO, which takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark, and was the first model WHO simulation founded in 2013. To date, two exist in the UK (LonWHO in London and SheffWHO in Sheffield), and one in Spain (GranWHO in Granada). However, the model WHO simulations were born in the US and Canada, where they continue to take place regularly.
WHAT IS PARISWHO?
ParisWHO is a WHO Simulation happening in the city of lights, Paris. At ParisWHO, participants will develop their understanding of global health policy and WHO procedures, but will also be able to explore one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Paris was home to some of the greatest researchers and health specialists of all time, including Louis Pasteur and Marie Curie. Come join us in the city where some of the greatest minds lived!
WHO CAN ATTEND?
The simulation is open to ALL students and young professionals with a passion to influence Global Policy. Even if you have no experience in MUNs or WHO simulations yet, it is never too late to start!
WHAT IS THE THEME?
The theme is a topic of interest that guides discussions at a WHO simulation. Moreover, it focuses the debate to a key global health issue, while also stimulating reflection at a national, regional and global level. Some previous simulation themes include environmental health, health in times of conflict and access to essential medicines. The theme for ParisWHO 2019 will be announced shortly. Stay tuned!
WHAT EXACTLY WILL I BE DOING DURING THE 3 DAYS OF THE CONFERENCE?
The conference will start on the Friday afternoon and will end on Sunday night. The schedule will be released soon. Stay tuned!
WHAT DOES THE REGISTRATION FEE COVER?
ParisWHO is a not-for-profit initiative, and registration fees directly fund your conference package (the goodies, the place and the speakers) as well as session coffee times and meals. The registration fee will however not cover transportation, accommodation costs, or personal expenses.
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE?
Registrations close on Sept. 13th!!!! So register NOW!
DO I NEED TO KNOW THE RULES OF DEBATING TO QUALIFY AS A PARTICIPANT?
No you don’t! On this website you will find a lot of information to get ready for the simulation and training on the Roberts rules of parliamentary procedure will be provided at the beginning of the conference for all.
HOW DO I CHOOSE WHICH COUNTRY, NON-STATE ACTOR OR MEDIA OUTLET TO REPRESENT?
At registration, we will provide all registered participants with a list of available roles, and you will be asked to formulate a few choices. Please note that role-selection will work on a first-come, first-served basis. Continue to follow our website for updates on deadlines!
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE COMING TO PARIS?
Kindly go through our delegates checklist and handbook to make sure you are well prepared, but most importantly bring your wonderful ideas, your enthusiasm and will to make an impact!
DO YOU PROVIDE INVITATION OR VISA LETTERS TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE?
If you need an invitation letter, please send your request to at least 2 months before the conference date; we will send you an electronic copy to facilitate the process. ParisWHO’s letter cannot however guarantee your visa, and ParisWHO will not be able to refund registration fees after the deadline. Please note that the visa process takes a long time, and should be started early.
HOW DOES ACCOMMODATIONS IN PARIS WORK?
We recommend participants stay somewhere along metro line 12. Some hostels which are in a good location are:
Le Montclair Montmartre
Le Village Montmartre
Le Regent Montmartre
ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL CHARGES FOR SPECIFIC CONFERENCE EVENTS?
For the moment, no additional charges are being announced.
I CAN'T ATTEND THE CONFERENCE ANYMORE. CAN I GET A REFUND?
If you are unable to attend the conference, we welcome substitute delegates attending in your place at no extra cost provided that we have at least 7 days prior notice of the name of your proposed substitute and have received payment in full. Please notify us of any substitutions by email at: email@example.com
No refunds will be given in respect of any cancellations or non-attendance.
CAN I STAY IN PARIS FOR A FEW MORE DAYS AFTER THE CONFERENCE?
We encourage you to use this opportunity to experience all the wonderful sights and sounds the city has to offer, we will give you tips and tricks on how to make your stay here unforgettable. However, the secretariat can no longer guide you after the conference. You will have to do most of your touring either alone or with your friends. Either way, you will still enjoy your time here immensely. À bientôt!
WHAT IS THE CONFERENCE DRESS CODE?
The conference dress code is business formal attire or the traditional formal wear of the country you are representing. The important thing to remember is to always be dressed professionally and put together.