19 young policy advisors took part in our online simulation “OSCE – Mitigating Risks of Climate Change. The scenario is set during the annual Ministerial Council Meeting of the OSCE in December 2021 in Stockholm. On the initiative of several member states the MC has identified the need to sharpen the profile of OSCE in dealing with the consequences of climate change.
The participants took over the role of foreign ministers of OSCE participating states and tried to come up with a comprehensive declaration, relating climate change to three core thematic areas of the organisation: Energy Security, Migration and Good Governance. Apart from negotiating the text of the declaration, press conferences were simulated to give the participants the chance to work on their public communication skills.
Through the simulation, the participants not only gained a deeper understanding of the functioning of the Ministerial Council and the manifold challenges of climate change for the working fields of OSCE but could test the competences they gained during the course in a realistic environment.
The specific learning objectives of the simulation game were:
- Assessing and improving participants’ effectiveness in closed positional bargaining
- Enhancing communication skills to pursue own interests among OSCE participating States
- Improving statement and declaration writing skills on a given topic
The target group were 19 participants of the Young Policy Advisor Course organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).