MAC Tips

Preparing for the Conference
*Please note that your students will be placed in groups of 3 called a delegation.  So if you bring 9 students then you will have 3 delegations, however if you have say 7 delegates, the “extra” student(s) will paired with students from other schools to form a complete delegation.  Each of your delegations will be assigned a country/organization to represent (we have tried as best as possible to give your students their top choice but we assume they will be flexible if they are assigned an alternative.). 
 
As you know, the first day and a half of the conference will involve participation in the Working Group Sessions. The Working Groups will discuss a specific topic as follows:
 
Working Group 1:
Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)
•          Topic: Global Climate Change: The Environmental Consequences Bearing on the Arctic
 
Working Group 2:
Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME)
•          Topic: The Effects of Oil and Gas Activities on the Arctic Environment
 
Working Group 3:
Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG)
•          Topic: Human Health in the Arctic: Challenges in the 21st Century
 
These working group sessions will be taking place at the same time, so each delegation must decide which student will participate in which Working Group session (one student per Working Group).  As an example:
 
St. Patrick’s High School Delegation 1 assigned to represent Norway
•          Tom will represent Norway on AMAP working group
•          Jane will represent Norway on PAME working group
•          Jack will represent Norway on SDWG working group
 
St. Patrick’s High School Delegation 2 assigned to represent World Conversation Union
•          Susan will represent Canada on AMAP working group
•          Boris will represent Canada on PAME working group
•          Cathy will represent Canada on SDWG working group
 
In order to prepare your students for participation in the Working Groups, a series of background papers (click here to download) have been developed outlining the overall topics.  Questions have also been listed at the end of each background paper to help students narrow down their research.  The research is really intended to ensure that students have a reasonable understanding of the topic per se – it will also be up to them to do research such that they have an awareness of how their assigned country/organization would respond to the questions/issues on that particular topic. 

Opening Statements

We request that students prepare a short 2 minute opening statement that will be read at the beginning of their Working Group session. This statement would simply briefly indicate their country/organization’s overall view on the topic. The following is an example:

Student: Tom from St. Patrick’s High School Delegation 1
Country: Norway
Working Group: AMAP
Topic: Global Climate Change: The Environmental Consequences Bearing on Arctic     
Prepared for: Model Arctic Council, Working Group Session
 
Norway is alarmed at the increasing scope of global climate change, especially as the Arctic regions will suffer some of the most drastic effects. Alarmingly, it has to be noted that those regions least responsible for the emission of greenhouse gases, such as the Arctic, are the ones experiencing the most drastic of changes. As climates continue to change, individuals living in these regions will begin to see challenges to the sustainability of life, as food production, hunting, and basic day-to-day living abilities are threatened. Norway calls upon all present members to work toward a common goal and plan of action to combat present and future challenges, ensuring that the citizens of the Arctic, in every nation, will be protected, aided, and supported.
 
As we work toward common goals, the Arctic Council needs to keep in mind that all areas of the north are being affected by the changing climate. For example, with rising global temperatures, it will become increasingly difficult for communities to remain connected as ice roads will not form properly or last for long. Not only will this destroy the ability of citizens to travel to and from their community but will also hamper the delivery of needed food and supplies. Combine this with declining food production and entire communities could be forced to migrate from Arctic communities to areas of easier sustainability. By moving from the Arctic, the lifestyle, family, and heritage of various peoples could and will be destroyed.
 
It is our hope that the Arctic Council will work effectively to create a resolution which will see all nations, even those not part of the Council, take a serious look at how climate change will affect Northern Communities. Furthermore, Norway hopes that all nations recognize the importance of providing a sustainable future to all Northern peoples, allowing their families to continue living within the Arctic. I look forward to working with all delegates at this meeting to formulate a plan of action to combat global climate change. Thank you”