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Beyond Model UN: Simulating Multilevel, Multiactor Diplomacy with the Millennium Development Goals
Unformatted Document Text:  Crossley-Frolick In an effort to move beyond the typical Model UN structure of a simulation, which, as noted above, focuses on the role of students as ambassadors or “delegates” of member states and therefore presents its own limits, this simulation incorporated both state and non-state actors to highlight the growing complexity of global governance and the number and variety of actors involved in tackling problems that transcend national borders. The central question that the simulation considers is whether various actors at multiple levels of the international system can cooperate on a problem that transcends national boundaries. If the answer is yes, then what does that cooperation look like? The simulation was a regional AIDS conference loosely modeled on the XV International AIDS Conference held in Bangkok, Thailand in July 2004 under the theme “Access for All.” The primary goal of the simulated conference was for students to assume multiple roles representing a variety of actors in the international system and to negotiate and draft a “Plan of Action” to achieve target goal #6 of the Millennium Development Goals. Target goal #6 specifically aims to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. Students were instructed to address several issues in the “Plan of Action,” including epidemiology and prevention, social and economic issues, and policy implementation. Each of these corresponded to real “tracks” of the 2004 Bangkok conference and reports submitted by rapporteur teams. They were also advised that the plan had to be realistic, if watered down, and represent the outcome of negotiations among parties with divergent and often conflicting goals. FUNCTIONAL PROCEDURES 7

Authors: Crossley-Frolick, Katy.
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Crossley-Frolick
In an effort to move beyond the typical Model UN structure of a simulation,
which, as noted above, focuses on the role of students as ambassadors or
“delegates” of member states and therefore presents its own limits, this
simulation incorporated both state and non-state actors to highlight the growing
complexity of global governance and the number and variety of actors involved in
tackling problems that transcend national borders. The central question that the
simulation considers is whether various actors at multiple levels of the
international system can cooperate on a problem that transcends national
boundaries. If the answer is yes, then what does that cooperation look like?
The simulation was a regional AIDS conference loosely modeled on the
XV International AIDS Conference held in Bangkok, Thailand in July 2004 under
the theme “Access for All.” The primary goal of the simulated conference was for
students to assume multiple roles representing a variety of actors in the
international system and to negotiate and draft a “Plan of Action” to achieve
target goal #6 of the Millennium Development Goals. Target goal #6 specifically
aims to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. Students were instructed
to address several issues in the “Plan of Action,” including epidemiology and
prevention, social and economic issues, and policy implementation. Each of
these corresponded to real “tracks” of the 2004 Bangkok conference and reports
submitted by rapporteur teams. They were also advised that the plan had to be
realistic, if watered down, and represent the outcome of negotiations among
parties with divergent and often conflicting goals.
FUNCTIONAL PROCEDURES
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