Roles to Play
Delegates were the major actors in the decision making process in our simulation. As a delegate participants were part of a team representing one of the major parties involved in the conflict. Within their team, they developed a strategy to achieve the aims they agreed upon, consistent with their party’s real world position.
In the plenary assembly delegates will be actively involved in the discussion striving for their party’s interests. They had to try to find allies among the other delegations, as well as write resolutions, proposal and amendments to actively work towards a solution of the conflict. If their diplomatic skills proved to be outstanding, they also had the chance to win a Best Delegate Award, which were awarded on the last day during the final session in the City Hall in front of the mayor, general public and the press.
Participants were able to name three party preferences and we tried to assign them to one of those choises.
The following parties were represented during the simulation: Egypt, the European Union, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey and the United States of America.
Head of Delegation
The task of a head of delegation included all the duties of a delegate outlined above. In addition to that, it included considerably more responsibility. As a head of delegation participants were responsible for the coordination of their team during the conference as well as in the pre-conference period. During the simulation they had to be in close contact with the chair and were accountable for their team members. They also had the final say when defining their countries position and strategy. The role of a Head of Delegation was an attractive option for students who already had political or simulated experience and were looking for a new challenge.
Journalists are considered the fourth power in politics. During the simulation participants interviewed the delegations and tried to influence their decisions.
The newspaper published daily voiced different perspectives and opinions and the latest issues of the newspapers were made available to all delegates once published. The differences between the voices were their political and social attitude and of course the different views and opinions towards the conflict and the negotiations. The voices represented the perspecitve of Israel, Palestine and the western world.
Before the actual event starts, participants had to decide on the name and the layout of their newspaper. The final edition was created by Volker Beck (organizer and responsible for journalist). The main aim was to report about the work in the Assembly, to collect and publish information, to analyse situations, and to influence the decision making process. Working cleverly, the press had a major impact during the simulation. The information that participants should primarily strive for was the information which is not or not yet intended for public, for it is the most powerful information in terms of influence. They could also include information about “incidents” during the non-official parts of the event. Pictures were also to be included, as they add evidence and credibility.