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The Calgary World Health Organization Simulation (CalWHO) is an annual 3-day, interdisciplinary global health conference at the University of Calgary Health Sciences Centre that brings together attendees from across Canada and the US to debate and explore complex policy issues around Water and Global Health (2013), Reproductive Rights (2014), Refugee Health (2015), and Food Insecurity (2016). It aims to increase awareness and interest in tackling global health inequities, and to provide students with a platform to develop their leadership potential and affect change at the institutional level.

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Our Mission

To promote interdisciplinary understanding of global health issues. Showcase Canadian global health research and social enterprise initiatives. Generate student interest in local and global health. Allow students to play a part in global health policies and issues.

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2016 Topic: Food Insecurity

Food insecurity exists when people do not have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”. ( World Food Summit, 1996). Food insecurity has emerged as a global crisis following the global economic meltdown.1 According to the 2004 report of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on the state of food insecurity in the world, more than 814 million people in developing countries are undernourished.

Details regarding Food insecurity can be further investigated through our  2016 CalWHO Theme Guide: Food Insecurity

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Guest Speakers and Panel

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Keynote Speakers                                                                                                              Panel

Olayemi Olabiyi – School of Business, SAIT                                                                                                                          Olayemi Olabiyi – School of Business, SAIT

James McAra – President and CEO of Calgary Food Banks                                                                                            James McAra – President and CEO of Calgary Food Banks

Paul Hughs – President and Executive Director of Grow Calgary                                                                                 Eileen Omosa – Consultant on food security, EileenOmosa.com, WeGrowIdeas.net

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CalWHO 2016 Schedule

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Instructions for Delegates

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The CalWHO 2016 theme on Food Insecurity encompasses numerous factors that contribute to a key global phenomenon. Detailed and important information regarding Food Insecurity can be found here through the 2016 CalWHO Theme Guide: Food Insecurity. Delegates are expected to be well versed on the major topics of  food availability, access, utilization and stability particularly of their representative country.

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Step 1: Purchase your Tickets

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You can purchase your conference tickets for the 2016 CalWHO Simulation here for Friday November 11, 2016. You can also purchase your social dinner tickets here.
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Step 2: Country Registration

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After you have registered your conference and social dinner tickets, please fill in the form below to indicate your TOP 5 Countries that you would like to represent in the 2016 CalWHO Simulation. You will receive a confirmation email and your chosen country from the CalWHO team shortly after the form is submitted.

Please note: G20 Countries are reserved for applicants who are experienced delegates and have participated in past CalWHO conferences. The following countries are within the G20:

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Name*
E-mail:*
Please list your top 5 countries with the first as your favorite choice and the last as your least preferred. You will receive an email shortly after you have submitted this form verifying which country will be assigned to you. *

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Step 3 (Optional): Submit Your Country Position Paper

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After you have received an email from the CalWHO Team confirming your selected country, you have the option to submit a position paper—an essay detailing your country’s policies on FOOD INSECURITY. Please refer to the 2016 CalWHO Theme Guide: Food Insecurity and be sure to include the major topics of  Food Availability, access, utilization and stability. Writing a position paper will help delegates organize their ideas so that they can share their country’s position with the rest of the committee.

**Although optional, we recommend delegates to participate. The top position paper will receive an award.**

Here are some tips on how to prepare position papers; it also explains the overall purposes of position papers:

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A good position paper will include

    • A brief introduction to your country and its history concerning the topic and committee;
    • How the issue affects your country;
    • Your country’s policies with respect to the issue and your country’s justification for these policies;
    • Quotes from your country’s leaders about the issue;
    • Statistics to back up your country’s position on the issue;
    • Actions taken by your government with regard to the issue;
    • Conventions and resolutions that your country has signed or ratified;
    • UN actions that your country supported or opposed;
    • What your country believes should be done to address the issue;
    • What your country would like to accomplish in the committee’s resolution; and
    • How the positions of other countries affect your country’s position.

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Here are some writing tips for your position paper:

    • Keep it simple. To communicate strongly and effectively, avoid flowery wording and stick to uncomplicated language and sentence structure.
    • Make it official. Try to use the seal of your country or create an “official” letterhead for your position paper. The more realistic it looks, the more others will want to read it.
    • Get organized. Give each separate idea or proposal its own paragraph. Make sure each paragraph starts with a topic sentence.
    • Cite your sources. Use footnotes or endnotes to show where you found your facts and statistics. If you are unfamiliar with bibliographic form, look up the Modern Language Association (MLA) guidelines at your school’s library.
    • Read and reread. Leave time to edit your position paper. Ask yourself if the organization of the paper makes sense and double-check your spelling and grammar.
    • Speech! Speech! Do you plan to make an opening statement at your conference? A good position paper makes a great introductory speech. During debate, a good position paper will also help you to stick to your country’s policies.
    • Let the bullets fly. Try not to let your proposals become lost in a sea of information. For speechmaking, create a bulleted list of your proposals along with your most important facts and statistics so that you will not lose time looking for them during debate.

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After you have finished, please email your position paper to the CalWHO Team at calwho2013@gmail.com.
On the day of the simulation, please print off a copy and bring it with you.

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Call for Abstract/Poster Submissions

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 Open to:
Undergraduate and Graduate students who have conducted research in the areas:
-Marginalized populations, Food Insecurity, Obesity and Nutrition
-Other research may qualify

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4th Annual Calgary World Health Organization Simulation Conference: Global Health Fair

Submissions Accepted beginning: September 6th, 2016

Deadline for Abstract submissions: November 5th, 2016

Final Decision made known on: November 7th, 2016

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The Calgary World Health Organization Simulation (CalWHO) is an annual student conference modeled after the WHO World Health Assembly. CalWHO allows post-secondary students from various institutions to participate as country delegates debating pertinent global health issues. Now in its third year, CalWHO 2015 will be focused on Refugee and Immigrant Health.

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Poster and Abstract Submission

The purpose of the poster presentation is to highlight new forthcoming research in the pursuit of refugee and immigrant health.

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Criteria and Important Dates

Abstract and Poster submissions must be submitted before November 5th, 2016

Presenter must be a full time student at a recognized post-secondary institution

Preference will be given to professional, academic research in the field of food insecurity (obesity, nutrition, marginalized populations)

Student Presenter must commit to be at the conference for the duration of the Global Health Fair (maximum of two presenters)

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What to submit:

You will need to provide the following information in your submission:

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  1. Submitter Contact Details: First, Last, Email
  2. Poster Title:
  3. Topic(s) of Research:
  4. Poster Description: Maximum 250 words
  5. Poster Presenter Information: Presenter’s full contact information

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How to Submit:

Submit your Poster/Abstract on or before October 31st, 2016 to calwhoghf@gmail.com with the Subject Line “Attn: Global Health Fair-Student Submission


Working Paper Resolution Template

Download the working paper resolution template here

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