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How do we achieve world peace?
In 2018 the Netherlands had a temporary seat in the Security Council. The organ of the United Nations that is given the task of securing peace worldwide. But what type of sanctions can the institution use? And how do the members of the council work together and make decisions?
In SimSummit these and other questions are answered, as students are introduced to the Security Council and learn about how the institution works to maintain or restore international peace and security.
Simulation UN-Security Council
An international crises is on the verge of occurring due to the situation in Qirabia, a fictitious North-African country. The current president has refused to announce the results of recent elections, which has aroused a revolt with the supporters of the opposition party. Protests and violence have erupted within the country, people are fleeing their homes and allies of each party are demanding support for their cause with violent means.
In SimSummit students are the representatives of the countries that were members of the Security Council in 2018. They are called for a meeting to form a resolution that should restore the peace in Qirabia. The high-pressure of the program setting provides students with the opportunity to learn about the work of the institution and the complexities of international politics.
Optional: conversation with an expert
Are you interested to go into depth with your students and analyse how this game compares with an actual meeting of the council? Humanity House, in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, offers an after-talk that can be booked in addition to SimSummit.
The Dutch UN-Security Council Taskforce coordinated the Dutch contribution to the Security Council. A former member of this team will be present during the simulation in order to subsequently reflect upon the events that happened and the decisions that were made by the students. How does SimSummit compare to an actual meeting in the council? Which alliances play an important role? And in which way is this institution able to guard worldwide peace and security? These and akin questions will be discussed.