MOCK advocacy: crisis Zones
Environmental disasters, epidemics, financial crises, hunger, migration, and violent conflicts are some of the complex and trans-boundary policy challenges that states are facing in today’s global world. In foreign policymaking, the influence of advocacy and lobbying has been an important component by which states, individuals and organisations have tried to shape the discourse on certain policy matters. In humanitarian situations such as human rights violations, children and women in armed conflict, refugee crises, human displacement due to environmental crises, advocacy groups and lobbyists play a major role in seeking immediate impact and long-term policy changes. Advocating for the protection of civilians and children is critical in conflict zones. The protection of civilians in times of conflict is outlined in different bodies of law, including international humanitarian law (IHL), international human rights law, refugee law and criminal law. When advocacy and lobbying are practised successfully, it can affect foreign aid, sanctions and foreign trade.
In conflict zones such as South Sudan, Yemen and Syria lobbying and advocacy initiatives help civilians receive protection and access to humanitarian aid. In the case of Syria, advocacy contributed to the passing of UN Security Council resolutions endorsing cross- border relief operations. While in South Sudan, the UNSC voted to enact an arms embargo to stop the flow of weapons to participants of the conflict. Effectiveness in humanitarian advocacy is also linked to timeliness. Thus, there is a need for serious advocacy in order for conflicts to not last as long as they have.
Through this Lobbying Workshop, we aim to organise a collaborative learning approach that allows for a highly interactive workshop that introduces the participants to advocacy and lobbying. The workshop also aims to explore the role of lobbying as part of a larger strategic campaign for influencing the political process and to teach strategies for effective lobbying and provide a chance to apply and practice them in a simulated format.
11:30 AM- 12:30 PM: Workshop by Ms. Tarana Faroqi
3:00 PM- 4:00 PM: Keynote Speech by Ms. Rhea Mahanta followed by a round of Q/A
4:05 PM -4:15 PM: Training session by Parley Team- Rules & Procedure Debrief
5:00 PM- 6:30 PM: Committee Simulation chaired by Ms. Tarana Faroqi
7:00 PM: Result announcement -Feedback