This is the “World Water, Conflict or Cooperation?” role-playing game. The game defines new strategies and brings together students from all over the world for an inspirational roll play, social interaction for the purpose of increasing knowledge and understanding on global water equity and transforming conflicts into cooperation.
The World Water – Conflict or Cooperation game is based on the idea that the students assume roles as representatives of different nations within the United Nation Council. The participants are then to take on the responsibility for acting out of these roles defined through a process of structured decision-making within fictitious and/or real scenarios previously chosen.
On July 28 of 2010 a resolution was passed declaring water as a Human Right by the United Nations General Assembly. This resolution is a great step for humanity, however there still remains enormous work to be done all over the world to insure the rights of human beings world wide access to safe drinking water. There exits today many conflicts and potential clashes that must be extinguished and solved whereby the solution lies in turning conflict into cooperation. Most regions of the world have in one way or another way great challenges with water. This may include pollution, water scarcity or unequal distribution.
Water as a source of conflict both between and within states has during the past decade received a great deal of international attention and within the media. One reason that water is a source of conflict is that it flows across political boundaries. States that are hostile to each other can use water as a kind of pressure against one another. The major challenge for the international community is to get these states to begin to cooperate for water equity.
The purpose of World Water - Conflict or Cooperation game is to raise awareness on global sustainable development, where the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the Human Rights are a milestone. The game explores the different areas of environmental security, economy, equity and democracy in a global context, whereby working with the elements of environment and natural resources as a mean to achieve cooperation.
The material and scenarios are based on the Green Cross case-studies in managing national and international cooperation, combined with comprehensive knowledge of global water issues and conflict management. Since the game was initiated it has been in constant development, whereby in 2011 it was developed for distance learning for international exchange. After the new enhancements it is now possible to connect two schools with different perspectives on water issues who are from different parts of the world to play World Water, Conflict or Cooperation? over the Internet. This potential for exchange can help inspire a better understanding of other cultural perspectives on resource management as well as another student’s point of view. The game can be played within the same school between different classes.
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