"International Whaling Commission" Simulation

International Whaling Commission


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  • 10 roles
  • Role sheets included
  • Teams of 2 - 5 students per role (recommended)

Length of Simulation:

  • Flexible; Set by instructor

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  • Resources
  • Messages
  • My Team
  • Proposal Center
  • Actions

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The member nations of this intergovernmental organization, each with their own position and level of involvement in whaling issues, meet in this simulation to discuss a controversial commercial whaling moratorium. Negotiations focus on whether the current moratorium should continue, although many countries have additional concerns.

Realizing that tensions within the International Whaling Commission are fast approaching the breaking point, ten member countries are coming together as a working group in advance of the annual IWC meeting in an attempt to negotiate a solution to this divisive issue.

The ten roles in the Working Group represent pro-whaling, anti-whaling, and neutral countries. A scenario is provided along with a private role sheet to give students additional information about their assigned role's positions and interests. This simulation includes an opportunity for students to develop, debate, and vote on specific proposal plans to address the issues in the scenario. Students build proposal plans using a series of pre-loaded options.

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ICONSnet is optimized for display and use on desktop and laptop computers. Participants will need one or more Internet-connected computers or devices, and recent Web browser software. Recommended Web browsers include recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, or Internet Explorer (version 10 or above).

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