Security Council

Security Council

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Negotiation and communication in the complex global village

The United Nations Security council has to wrestle with global security issues.  This game tests your ability to reach agreements in seemingly impossible circumstances.

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Outline

Under the United Nations Charter, the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. All Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions. This makes the Council an important player in world events. The game is a simplified representation of the processes and negotiations that go on in the United Nations around emerging crises and conflicts. It is an opportunity to practice communication and negotiation skills as well as gaining some understanding of the workings of international politics at this level at the UN.

Gameplay

Players form teams representing the delegations to the Security Council from each country. The players will be faced by one or more global crisis situations during the game, and will have to represent their country's position and agree a binding Resolution for each one.

The game-play is divided up into:

  • Council Meetings, which are a plenary and formal forum for the whole council to arrive at agreements and sign off on official Security Council Resolutions.

  • Informal Discussions, aside from the formal council meetings in which teams organise deals, resolve differences and build alliances. Much of the real work of the UN is done in this way.

  • Consequences, where the facilitators feed back the impact of the Resolutions to the Security Council. Consequence management is a key part of this game, making it not just a talking shop.

Ideal Audiences

  • Organisations wishing to practice communications and organisational negotiation skills, in particular with a focus on consensus and achieving a common purpose.

  • Organisations seeking a team building challenge.

  • Students looking at international politics or the United Nations.

Game Capacity

For 10 to 30 players


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