The simulation will be based around regional meetings, plenary sessions, and lobbying. The aim of these components may vary slightly depending on the role to which one is assigned but the general goal as a delegate is to ensure that the interests and views of the country or organization they represent are heard. The delegate will act as a representative in maintaining those interests when coming to make decisions with fellow delegates.
Prior to the conference, delegates will research and propose a stance through a short position paper that is submitted to the ParisWHO team. The paper will propose how to address the issues that are in the ParisWHO 2021 theme guide, using their assigned role to base their information. Delegates will create resolutions with fellow participants during the conference. On the last day, all regions convene to debate their completed resolutions, emulating the WHA process.
Don’t worry if you're a beginner, we’ll be holding a training workshop to guide you along the way.
When you register for ParisWHO 2021, you will be asked to prioritize the roles you would prefer to have assigned during the conference.
The roles are as follows:
Member State Ambassador
As a country’s ambassador to the WHO, you will represent and act on behalf of the interests of a UN member state. With delegates from member states located in the same region, you will draft a resolution that will be presented to all regions at the end of the conference. Your job is to ensure that your country’s interests are heard and implemented in the final resolution.
Delegates are split into five regional blocks: African Region (AFRO), Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO), European Region (EURO), Americas Region (PAHO), and Western Pacific Region (WPRO).
There are 194 Member States. However, we are running the event with a reduced number of countries, in order to ensure a balance of delegates between the different WHO Regions. Therefore, some countries may not be available for assignment.
During the registration, name some countries you’d like to represent and we will see if we can assign them to you.
Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
You will act as a non-state actor representative who has certain goals and interests of your organization. As the representative of an NGO, it is your job to lobby towards public awareness, and to negotiate with WHO Ambassadors to ensure that policies in the draft resolution support the goals of your organization. NGOs give their seal of approval and may even fund some of the resolution. This role would be beneficial for those interested in discovering the art and power of advocacy and persuasion.
Proposed NGOs for the conference are: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Planetary Health Alliance, World Federation for Mental Health, Green Peace, United For Global Mental Health.
Member of the Press
Working with the press e.g. as a journalist you will cover the news on global health issues and angle them with the purposes of: highlighting a particular position on current events; confronting, questioning or stimulating interests from delegates; influencing public opinion. Furthermore, you will be in charge of the daily press conference, where you will interview WHO ambassadors from different regions.
There will be two members of the press in our simulation, e.g. left vs right wing.
Have you got an artifice for calling order, doling out directives and laying down the gavel? If so, you may love being a part of our Dais team! The following roles are exempt from the registration fee and get to benefit from the exciting perks ParisWHO has to offer, such as social events and certificates of participation.
Skills and Qualifications:
Previous leadership experience
Comfort with public speaking
General working knowledge of WHO proceedings
High degree of familiarity with ModelWHO or another MUN conference
Preferably chair or vice-chairing experience from ModelWHO or another MUN conference
The chairs will be responsible for the regional meetings and plenaries to run smoothly and efficiently. The Chair declares the opening and closing of each committee session, has control of committee procedural functions and will moderate the discussion, announce all decisions, and will rule on any points or motions. Procedural matters are subject to the discretion of the Chair. The Chair is required to attend Dias training leading up to the conference.
The Vice-Chair assists the Chair with procedural matters during the course of the committee sessions, and takes over as a Chair of the regional committee if necessary. The Vice Chair also helps delegates write working papers, edits them for format and approves their content; the Vice-Chair may suggest to delegates that they alter or combine their working papers in order to make them more appropriate to the topic at hand. The Vice-Chair must approve all working papers before they can become Draft Resolutions. The Vice-Chair is required to attend Dias training leading up to the conference.
The secretary will be responsible for the written work of the regional meetings and plenaries. It is of crucial importance to the negotiation process that the documents are properly written and put into the correct format, and thus the role of the secretaries is vital to the success of ParisWHO. During the meetings, all proposals and decisions will have to be written down. After each session, you will gather all the proposals and form them into a draft resolution, which will serve as the basis for negotiation and be voted upon during the following session.
Eventually, every region will have its own draft resolution covering the main topics regarding our theme and will be put together into a document for the plenary sessions. The regional secretaries do the above-mentioned and they will have to decide what phrases need to be voted upon individually and what paragraphs can be voted upon as a whole.
The overall aim for the secretaries is to cover all regions’ positions in the document to avoid too many complications and further contributions during plenary. This will make plenary run uncomplicated and ensure that global health decisions are made in a proper manner.