Model-WHO is a conference simulation of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the annual global health policy making forum of the World Health Organization (WHO). Students who register for AMWHO conferences are assigned either a WHO Ambassador, NGO Representative, Pharmaceutical Company, or Media Correspondent position, and must represent their role accurately throughout the course of the three-day conference weekend.
There are five regional blocks in a model-WHO conference in which WHO Ambassadors will be split into: African Region (AFRO), Americas Region (AMRO), Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO), European Region (EURO), and Western Pacific & Southeast Asian Region (WPRO/SEARO). Before the conference, WHO Ambassadors conduct research on their country in respect to the chosen conference theme, and understand their country’s stance on the theme from a global health policy perspective. During the conference, those delegates will debate and discuss the conference theme with others from their regional block to create resolutions, or policies, during the first two days. On the last day, all regions convene to debate all completed resolutions, emulating the true simulation of the World Health Assembly.
NGO Representatives, Pharmaceutical Companies, and Media Correspondents perform similar research prior to the conference on their particular roles, acting as non-voting but highly influential delegates in the formation of WHO Ambassador policies. Please view the specifics of each closely in the next section.
A WHO Ambassador is an individual representing a diplomat to one of the 193 Member States to the World Health Organization. Ambassadors have full voting rights within the conference, with a sole goal to pursue their nation’s health interests in the Assembly. These delegates are expected to conduct detailed, in-depth research prior to the conference on their nation’s position with respect to the conference theme, their allies and enemies, and how their nation would react to different proposals. Their main objective during the conference is to use the skills of negotiation and diplomacy to create sound, realistic, and effective resolutions with fellow delegates, who very well may hold differing opinions on the conference theme.
Delegates representing an NGO must embody the ideals, motives, and objectives of their organization. As an NGO Representative, he/she will receive a personalized schedule during the conference that allows them to rotate among all regional block rooms, and debate with any WHO Ambassador. They must understand all resolutions being formed within the blocks, and their primary focus is to ensure that each policy holds the ideals of their NGO specifically. Ultimately, these delegates will provide seals of approval, or written acceptances of a resolution, before all resolutions head to the final plenary on the final day. NGO Representatives do not have voting rights, but are able to debate formally.
Pharmaceutical Representatives, also non-voting delegates, are the essential industrial players in global healthcare, as they manage, research, and develop lifesaving medications. Pharmaceutical Representatives will become proficient in the art of business diplomacy with the major objective of advancing their companies’ interests while maintaining a positive public image. Representatives will come to better understand the challenges of multi-million-dollar drug development as well as the benefits of holding patents on successfully marketed medications and having production lines ready to meet the needs of the global community.
Media Correspondents hold a unique role in the AMWHO International Conference. These delegates also perform research prior to the conference on their company views and tendencies towards the conference theme, but their primary objective is to capture the news and highlights of the conference through video and blog form. These delegates aim to provide news in the same journalistic manner of the company that they represent. Thus, these delegates must be well-versed in how to provide the news in respectful, but accurate manner. Media Correspondents will receive assistance throughout the conference to help capture stories, conduct interviews with the voting and non-voting delegates, and present a view for all delegates on the exciting and often controversial happenings in other regional blocks.
*Media Correspondents are only represented in the international conference, and not local chapter conferences.
All proceedings in a model-WHO conference use the Robert’s Rules of Order, or parliamentary procedures for conducting meetings. It is a standard form of communication used in the UN General Assembly and WHO’s World Health Assembly, and is for fair and orderly communication among delegates. Each regional block has a Dais, composed of a Chair, Vice-Chair, and Rapporteur. The Chair conducts each session and ensures along with the Vice-Chair and Rapporteur that debate runs smoothly and efficiently. Every AMWHO conference will go through the Rules of Order on the first day, and Chairs teach all delegates the Rules of Order continuously. Therefore, to attend an AMWHO conference, students do not need to have prior experience in model-UN or model-WHO.
Any undergraduate or graduate student passionate about global health policy, diplomacy, and/or international affairs, and are able to attend all three days of an AMWHO conference, are welcome. High school students are only allowed to register for the international conference if they have attended a local chapter conference.
Of course! We welcome all eligible students to attend our international and local conferences and gain a new perspective on the realm of possibilities within global health policy.
There is a fee for each AMWHO conference, and the price depends on whether it’s an international or local conference. For instance, the international conference fee for AMWHO 2016 was $65 during regular registration, and is typically $35 for local conferences. These fees go toward delegate breakfasts, lunches, snacks, memorandum, networking nights, and venue.
AMWHO’s primary goal is to educate students across the country on global health policy affairs like the World Health Assembly. In doing so, the AMWHO National Organization has created chapters in various undergraduate universities in order for interested students everywhere to obtain the opportunity to attend a World Health Assembly simulation. We are growing each year, and if you are interested in opening a chapter at your university, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, we have 12 chapters across the United States. Each chapter typically hosts one local conference per year typically in March or April. The annual international conference that convenes 200 students typically occurs in April.
If you are unable to attend the conference, you will receive a partial refund depending on the date at which you cancel. Please review all aspects of the conference registration form to understand such information prior to registering.
To receive the full experience from an AMWHO conference, you are required to attend all three days.
Please visit either the international conference page or the chapter page for the conference you are attending. All conference materials can be found there.