planpolitik’s first ever simulation game is still going strong today. Allowing a comprehensive and realistic examination of global questions on conflicts, development and climate, this simulation game’s setting is a UN conference on global governance: “Ladies and gentlemen, heads of state, prime ministers and government ministers – the world’s eyes are upon you!”
Of the many conferences taking place at the UN every year, the climate conference in December tends to receive the most attention in public. The simulation game “Globalisation” adds two further topics: In the Subcommittee for Peace and Security, foreign secretaries form up to ten countries are discussing issues such as the complicated reform of the Security Council or the general responsibility of states to protect their populations. Simultaneously, their colleagues from the trade and development ministries are debating a more effective use of development funds as well as new world trade regulations. Meanwhile, the environment ministers do not only have to deal with targets for CO2 reduction but are also addressing the development of renewable energies and international maritime and aviation transport. However, before the official negotiations begin, there is the all-important “crash course in diplomacy” phase: which country is our delegation from, what are its particularities? As an emerging economy, how best to negotiate with developing countries? Who at the negotiation table is likely to lend a certain degree of support to my position, who will try to block or sabotage me?
The simulation game is designed to take place over the course of two days, including the reading of the materials, the negotiations and the signing of the resolution at the end. There is almost no game we have played more often than this one during the past ten years, no other game has been reworked and updated as many times. But it’s still proving very popular – after all, the problems discussed in it have by no means been solved in reality.
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Students of 16 and above
- Grasp global interrelations
- Understand conflicts of interest on a global level
- Increase negotiation skills
Evangelische Akademie Hofgeismar and others
Hofgeismar and other towns and cities Germany-wide
Many thanks for the simulation game - as always, it was well organised and facilitated in every respect, our pupils have given nothing but positive feedback.
Axel Damtsheuser, politics teacher, who has taken part in the game with his politics class every year since 2007.