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Beyond Model UN: Simulating Multilevel, Multiactor Diplomacy with the Millennium Development Goals
Unformatted Document Text:  Crossley-Frolick Rather than caucusing groups, students remained in a formal plenary session for the duration of the evening. All public statements were related specifically to the draft plan, and had to indicate whether or not it could be supported in its given form. In general, there were three major cleavages that resulted from the “Plan of Action,” which passed by large margin (23 in favor, 8 opposed, 1 abstention). Those in favor of the Plan were nearly all of the states. The exceptions included India, who objected to the role given to the major pharmaceutical companies, and not generic drug producers such as the Indian company, Ranbaxy. Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan also rejected the plan, primarily because of concerns regarding sovereignty and sex education that involved the distribution of condoms. All three pharmaceutical companies rejected the plan for fear that it would put public pressure on them to do more in the way of lowering costs for drugs to treat HIV/AIDS, as well as pave the way for generic drug producers to cut into their market dominance. China abstained, stating only that it had to consider the matter further. The simulation concluded with a motion to adjourn the meeting until the next scheduled conference. DEBRIEFING Debriefing followed immediately after the simulation concluded. Debriefings and assessment are critical components of any simulation experience (Zeff, 2003; Asal, 2005; Cusimano, 2000; Steinwachs, 1992; Petranek 2000). Such evaluative tools are not ancillary to the simulation, but organically related to it. Following Lamy’s approach to assessing case studies, 14

Authors: Crossley-Frolick, Katy.
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Crossley-Frolick
Rather than caucusing groups, students remained in a formal plenary session for
the duration of the evening. All public statements were related specifically to the
draft plan, and had to indicate whether or not it could be supported in its given
form.
In general, there were three major cleavages that resulted from the “Plan
of Action,” which passed by large margin (23 in favor, 8 opposed, 1 abstention).
Those in favor of the Plan were nearly all of the states. The exceptions included
India, who objected to the role given to the major pharmaceutical companies, and
not generic drug producers such as the Indian company, Ranbaxy. Myanmar,
Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan also rejected the plan, primarily because of
concerns regarding sovereignty and sex education that involved the distribution
of condoms. All three pharmaceutical companies rejected the plan for fear that it
would put public pressure on them to do more in the way of lowering costs for
drugs to treat HIV/AIDS, as well as pave the way for generic drug producers to
cut into their market dominance. China abstained, stating only that it had to
consider the matter further. The simulation concluded with a motion to adjourn
the meeting until the next scheduled conference.
DEBRIEFING
Debriefing followed immediately after the simulation concluded.
Debriefings and assessment are critical components of any simulation
experience (Zeff, 2003; Asal, 2005; Cusimano, 2000; Steinwachs, 1992;
Petranek 2000). Such evaluative tools are not ancillary to the simulation, but
organically related to it. Following Lamy’s approach to assessing case studies,
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