2018•05•17 MaastrichtOn 7 and 8 April 2018, four United Nations University institutes (UNU-CRIS, UNU-EHS, UNU-IAS and UNU-MERIT) co-organised an inter-institutional Group of Twenty (G20) Simulation at UNU-MERIT in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
This event, the first of its kind for UNU, provided current postgraduate students at the four institutes the opportunity to familiarize themselves with diplomatic policy-making and negotiating procedures through participation in a mock G20 session. The simulation also deepened their research, writing, public-speaking, and debate skills, while promoting intercommunication among UNU students.
Each of the approximately forty participants were paired in advance to represent one G20 country or international organization, such as the European Union or the World Bank. They then worked together to prepare position papers ahead of the event. UNU-IAS students Tamara Luisce Parroquin and Effendi Tandoko took part respectively as the President of Brazil and Prime Minister of Italy.
The objective of the session focused on the refugee crisis particularly affecting Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The participants discussed the agenda in two Committee rooms, with both discussions chaired by the delegates representing Argentina.
After dynamic and intense negotiations over two days, all representatives agreed to issue a Group of Twenty Leaders’ Communique. The document included a framework for burden sharing to address the refugee crisis with a list of individual commitments from G20 participant countries in addition to a outline for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Tandoko’s first-hand account of his experience was published in the UNU Graduate Student Journal Peace & Progress and is available here.