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Negotiating the Lisbon Protocol
This activity simulates the treaty-making process, highlighting the complex and often-frustrating aspects of crafting international law. You will assume the role of the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and lead an international effort to stop climate change in the face of a startling new study. In this capacity, you will

  1. Spread awareness about the new study and its ramifications
  2. Set the agenda for the Conference of Parties (COP) meeting on climate change
  3. Negotiate at the COP meeting and craft a treaty agreement that is both politically feasible and efficacious.

 

Keeping the Peace in Guinea-Bissau
This activity simulates the process by which peacekeeping missions are designed and implemented by the United Nations. You will assume the role of the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations and be tasked with designing and implementing a mission to restore peace in Guinea-Bissau after months of post-election political violence. In this capacity, you will

  1. Design a peacekeeping mission
  2. Lobby the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution authorizing a peacekeeping mission to Guinea-Bissau within a UN General Assembly-approved budget
  3. Implement the peacekeeping mission under intense political scrutiny

 

Negotiating with China
This activity, “Negotiating with China,” simulates the process of trade negotiations in the context of regional security tensions. You will assume the role of Assistant United States Trade Representative to China, tasked with negotiating an agreement on currency valuation. In this capacity, you will

  1. Issue a statement to the press outlining the US position
  2. Negotiate with China on currency and trade issues
  3. Defuse a rapid escalation of military tensions in the region