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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 voted on at the WHA simulation.

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 prior experience in MUNs or WHO simulations, it is never too late to start!

WHAT EXACTLY WILL I BE DOING DURING THE 2 DAYS OF THE CONFERENCE?

The conference will start on Saturday morning and will end on Sunday evening. The simulation will be based on plenary sessions, regional meetings and discussions. The schedule will be released soon. Stay tuned!

WHAT LANGUAGE WILL BE SPOKEN DURING THE CONFERENCE?

The conference will be in English.

WHAT LEVEL OF LANGUAGE SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?

Delegates don’t have to be native English speakers! As long as you are able to read and understand position papers written in English, and have enough listening comprehension to follow debates, you will be fine. Our delegate guide will have the key terms you need to know, and you will receive training.

WHAT IS THE THEME?

The theme is the topic of interest that guides discussion at a WHO simulation. Moreover, it focuses the debate on a key global health issue, while also stimulating reflection at national, regional and global level. Read more about this year’s theme here.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

You can register on our website.

HOW MUCH DO I PAY TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE?

The standard ticket is €8. See this page for more information about ticket prices.

WHAT DOES THE REGISTRATION FEE COVER?

Once you pay the fee, you can attend the whole conference. ParisWHO is a not-for-profit initiative, and registration fees directly support our annual events and any expenses incurred in their organisation. It does not cover any costs you may incur e.g. internet connection.

HOW DO I PAY THE REGISTRATION FEE?

You will receive an email with more information about payment by the beginning of September. The email has a link to a webpage where you can pay the registration fee.

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE?

Registration will be open from June 21 until August 25.

I CAN'T ATTEND THE CONFERENCE ANYMORE. CAN I GET A REFUND?

If you have paid the registration fee but are unable to attend the conference, we welcome substitutes, or delegates who attend on your behalf at no extra cost provided that we have at least 7 days prior to the conference. Please notify us of your substitution by email at: pariswho2021@gmail.com

No refunds will be given in respect of any cancellations or non-attendance.

WHEN WILL I KNOW IF I AM ACCEPTED?

We will contact you within a week after the registration closes.

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, thus we cannot guarantee that everyone can get their first choice as there are certain countries or roles in high demand. Continue to follow our website for updates on deadlines!

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE?

Kindly go through our delegates checklist and handbook (you will get them after your registration is confirmed), to make sure you are well prepared, but most importantly bring your wonderful ideas, your enthusiasm and will to make an impact!