Components of the Conference
Simulation of the World Health Assembly
The World Health Organization (WHO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. The World Health Assembly (WHA) is its legislative and supreme decision-making body. Based in Geneva, it meets yearly in May. It appoints the Director-General every five years and votes on matters of policy and finance of WHO.
At the Young Leaders for Health Conference 2019, every participant will be part of a simulation of a meeting of the WHA. You will come prepared to slip into the clothes of a representative from a certain country, NGO or media. You will debate, discuss, and write motions to be passed by the WHA. In order to keep the debate running smoothly and learn about global diplomacy, the WHA will be conducted according to the correct UN procedure.
With the WHA Simulation, we want you to participate actively in the field of Global Health. While representing a country, you will be able to get an impression of the different countries’ preferences concerning global health as well as the negotiations going on between them.
You will get the chance to shape the future of global health, to set new goals and to get an extensive insight into financial policies and the creation of a budget. This makes the YLH Conference 2019 political. In pursuing their roles, participants will engage in conflicting discussions, be involved in back-room dealing, coerce and compromise.
The goal of the simulation is to give participants the chance to learn about global health policy. Delegates will develop their leadership and organizational skills. They will be exposed to the politics that shape global decision-making gain perspective on the views, interests and challenges other countries face.
The topic to be discussed during the simulation will be around the conference theme ‘The Global Health Workforce’. The exact specification of the debate is currently developed by the Organizing Committee and will follow soon.
Preparation for the Simulation
As a delegate to the WHA, you have a lot to know. You need to be familiar with the rules of procedure, ‘The Health Workforce’ and your country context. In order to do so, you will be provided with comprehensive guidance material regarding the formalities of the simulation procedure and content about the conference theme. As we are not able to prepare information about every country context you will be tasked to investigate this autonomously, but you can always approach us in case you need assistance.
Additionally, Ministries of Health have to start the preparation for the Health Assembly early on and have to engage with other countries to negotiate possible resolutions beforehand. To simulate this process we will facilitate the set up of drafting groups and possible alliances with other country delegates beforehand. The estimated workload for the preparation is 40 hours.
Outcome of the Simulation
Similar to the United Nations Assembly, the outcome of the simulation should be a resolution on the discussed topic. This resolution is important in the sense that it highlights and summarizes the results, which we have concluded with. Furthermore, we will then present our resolution to major global players, such as the World Health Organization and the World Health Summit.
Resolutions represent the common decisions or declarations of the different bodies of the United Nations. They are the result of debates among countries and are part of international law. In order to pass a resolution, it must be supported by several countries and subsequently receive a majority vote in the WHA. Legally decisions can vary from simple resolutions to conventions, regulations or even treaties. They can contain general statements or rather specified legislation. Well-written resolutions demonstrate expertise with the topic at hand and the previous decisions taken in this regard by the WHA and other international bodies. Furthermore, they should be clear in argumentation, concise well formatted.
Mode of Participation
There will be three different ways of participation during the simulation. You may choose this within your application:
You are a diplomat representing the government. Your goal is to pursue your country’s (or better said government’s) interests. You will present n opening statement in the plenary, write resolution drafts in self-organized drafting groups, debate in the assembly and push for the policy your country needs.
Delegates will not represent their own countries of origin or residence during the simulation. Once you apply for the conference you have to indicate your preferences and we will allocate you accordingly.
Non-state actors (NSAs) possess observer status. Representatives are allowed to speak when invited to do so by the dais, but not to vote during the formal debate.
You will be writing policy briefs, initiate twitter campaigns and advocate for the positions of your organization in order to influence countries and drafting groups to include your proposals into resolutions.
As an independent journalist, you have the freedom to have opinions. You can neither speak nor vote during the formal debate and have to uncover scandals and write stories in order to influence the decisions.
You will conduct an interview, write articles and be the overarching judge of whether the assembly will change something for the better.
Impressions from the WHA Simulation 2017
Please have a look at some pictures from the Simulation in 2017