Process

Research and establish the point of view of your nation or group before you begin negotiations. Begin with your textbook and then carefully study the information for your country listed below and check the Internet resources and books for more primary materials.

After you have completed the research, arrange the delegations from the various countries in order of importance around a table or in a circle in the room. The Secretary General of the League of Nations will serve as the session moderator and will work from a podium. The most "important" members of the delegation will be nearest the podium. Two Assistant Secretaries record the opening positions of each delegation (on the blackboard, an overhead or chart paper) as they make their presentations. Each delegation hangs a flag or sign near their location so that all the other delegation members can see and respect who they are.


Session One - 9 AM September 2, 1939

Beginning with the British, the Secretary General asks each group in turn how best to resolve the crisis and the Assistant Secretaries record each group's prepared statement while the other delegations take notes. Each group listens to all the others, and the Secretary General needs to explain that the first session is not for responses, but for opening statements.

At the close of the first session, delegations convene in their individual country or national groups to discuss, research and prepare their response statements.

Session Two - 11 AM September 2, 1939

Reconvene the delegations in the same positions as the first session. The Secretary General calls the meeting to order and asks each delegarion to present a response to the first round of opening statements with the Assistant Secretaries again serving as recorders. The Secretary facilitates the process of questions from one delegation to any other delegation about the opening statement and the first response. Once every delegation has spoken, the Secretary announces lunch, reminds delegations to talk to each other informally at lunch, and reminds everyone of the next meeting, which will be more of a free flowing question discussion between and among the delegations.

Convene in individual country or national groups to discuss, research and prepare their response statements to the new ideas shared by the other delegations.

Session Three - 1 PM September 2, 1939

Reconvene the delegations in the negotiations room. The Secretary opens with the statement that the work of this meeting is critical because tomorrow war will be declared if no solution to this crisis can be reached. He/she then calls for ideas, discussions, questions, and counter proposals from each delegation. The conference delegates MUST yield the floor to whoever is speaking. This session will have lots of give and take, and the Secretary will need to keep a firm hand on some of the more emotional speakers.

As this session draws to an end, the Secretary again reminds the group that war is imminent and that the millions of deaths incurred during the Great War lead us to understand how awful another war would be. The Secretary invites delegations to work together and to come to the next session with some final proposals.

Again, convene in individual country or national groups to discuss, research and carry on cross delegation negotiations with other groups who share common interests.

Session Four - 3 PM September 2, 1939

Reconvene the delegations in the negotiations room. The Secretary calls for proposals from the delegations. After proposals are presented, delegations may ask questions. Discussion will follow. If there is a general consensus, the conference can end. Otherwise, try for another general session at 5 PM on September 2.

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