WYCOMAC Arctic Council
WASAMUN is delighted to be hosting its own Model Arctic Council—the Wycombe Model Arctic Council, or WYCOMAC. Delegates to WYCOMAC will play the roles of diplomats attending a cycle of meetings of the real-world Arctic Council, a high-level international forum dedicated to good governance and regional cooperation in the Arctic.
Today, as the climate changes, Arctic is one of the most fascinating and important regions on the planet. It is at once a vast and pristine wilderness and a storehouse of great natural wealth, a seemingly remote frontier and an ancient indigenous heartland. Over four million people live there, and the serious environmental and social issues they face are by extension serious issues for the world as a whole. WYCOMAC offers delegates the opportunity to grapple with these issues, and to explore in depth a special place that many of their peers have yet to discover.
While delegates with MUN experience may find some aspects of the simulation familiar, WYCOMAC offers a distinctive format for model diplomacy. Unique amongst international organisations, the Arctic Council brings together both the countries of the Arctic and its indigenous peoples. Delegates will have the opportunity to represent both governments and non-governmental indigenous organisations. The Arctic Council is also unusual in making all decisions by consensus rather than majority vote, and it has a reputation for cooperation and collegiality even at times of stress elsewhere in the world. Delegates will rise to the challenge of finding the bridging solutions that bring people together, rather than lobbying enough support to win half the room plus one.
WYCOMAC will use its own distinct rules of procedure to simulate these unique features of the Arctic Council. A Delegates’ Guide and Research Briefs will be available on this page in due course.
WYCOMAC is directed by Dr Anthony Speca, who lived and worked in the Canadian Arctic as a senior civil servant, and who developed and runs the world’s only Model Arctic Council programmes for secondary schools.
The documents below refer to our 2020 conference. We will update our resources for the 2021 conference shortly.WYCOMAC Delegate Guide WYCOMAC Research Briefs
WYCOMAC will simulate two of the Arctic Council’s working groups, with each discussing a single agenda item.
The 2021 conference agenda has not yet been announced. Here is the agenda from 2020:
Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME)
Plastic pollution in the Arctic marine environment
Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG)
Sustainable energy in Arctic communities
An excellent springboard for further research, featuring links to the Arctic policies and webpages of the Arctic States and indigenous Permanent Participants, information about current projects of Working Groups and Task Forces, and a large official document archive.
An online gateway to a vast amount of Arctic-related information, data, maps, publications, websites and other resources.
Discovering the Arctic
An interactive introduction to the Arctic region, from wildlife and science through indigenous peoples and Arctic governance.
MAC Research Library
An virtual library of resources useful for delegates preparing for Dr Speca’s Model Arctic Council conferences (please sign in as a guest).
The Arctic This Week
An extremely comprehensive weekly newsletter aggregating the previous week’s news articles, op-eds and commentaries from around the Arctic.
NOTE: Schools do not have to represent the same delegation in every committee (for example, the Russian Federation could be represented by different schools in the Security Council and in the Arctic Council).
Each delegation in the Arctic Council is represented by two delegates: one Minister and one Senior Arctic Official (SAO) (or indigenous equivalent)
Kingdom of Denmark
United States of America