Our Conference

EdmontonWHO simulates the World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) that meets annually in Geneva, Switzerland. Our goal is to introduce students to the fundamental operations of the World Health Organization and create opportunities for all participants to play a proactive role in learning about global health and policy. The conference brings together students from a wide range of disciplines to discuss global health issues in a manner that is respectable and intended to develop a deeper understanding of health, sustainability, and progress. The Edmonton World Health Organization Simulation is an interactive three day mock United Nations conference for post-secondary and high school students to debate global health topics. Our aim is to simulate the political, social, cultural and economic realities that define the world of global health policy. In addition, we hope to expose students to potential future related interdisciplinary career options. We operate as a transnational project of the International Federation of Medical Students, through which we hope to send resolutions created during our conference to the actual WHO. Edmonton WHO is also a project under the nonprofit organization, Edmonton Simulation Conferences.


Dress Code: Please come dressed in BUSINESS ATTIRE.



Friday, January 17, 2020 (Council Chambers)


5:00 PM-5:45 PM Introduction, Icebreaker, Networking, Dinner (Council Chambers)

6:00 PM-7:00 PM Speaker

7:00 PM-7:20 PM Break

7:20 PM-9:00 PM Training 


Saturday, January 18, 2020 (Council Chambers, ECHA, Gala venue)

9:30 am-10:30 am Breakfast 

10:30 am-10:45 am Announcements

10:45 am-12:00 pm Regional Block 1 (ECHA)

12:00 pm-1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm-2:30 pm Regional Block 2 (ECHA)

2:30 pm-2:45 pm Break, moving to Council Chambers

3:00 pm-4:30 pm Plenary (Council Chambers)

4:30 pm-4:45 pm Announcements

5:00 pm-6:30 pm Gala

Sunday, January 19, 2020 (Council Chambers) 


10:00 am-10:20 am Breakfast

10:20 am-12:30 pm Plenary Session

12:30 pm-1:15 pm Lunch

2:30 pm-2:45 pm Break

2:45 pm-5:30 pm Plenary Session

5:30 pm-6:30 pm Awards

6:30 pm-7:30 pm Cleanup 



Our conference will begin in the Council Chambers room located in the University Hall building.

University Hall is beside Van Vliet and across from the Student's Union Building or across the street from St. Joseph's college. Below is a map that you can follow if you are coming from the University Transit Station. 


Sustainability Initiatives

The Provost's Academic Advisory Council for Sustainability developed the following working definition for sustainability at the University of Alberta.

Sustainability is the process of living within the limits of available physical, natural and social resources in ways that allow the living systems in which humans are embedded to thrive in perpetuity.

As a student group on campus, EdmontonWHO 2020 is committed to playing its role in campus sustainability and has been Green Spaces Certified by the Office of Sustainability at The U of A.

EdmontonWHO 2020:

  • Use an electronic registration process

  • Distributes documents electronically

  • Reuses tag-holders and recycled name tags

  • Creates reusable promotional signs

  • Prioritizes venues with green building features or green building certification

  • Ensure bins are present for collecting paper, plastic, beverage containers and other recyclables.

We encourage all participants to reduce their environmental impacts by bringing their own reusable bag, water bottle or travel mug, dish and cutlery, lanyard or portable electronic devices and thank them for being a part of this year’s Green Spaces Certified event!



University Hall is located right across from Students’ Union Building and beside Van Vliet Complex. This is where the opening ceremonies, plenary session and closing ceremonies will be held.

Edmonton World Health Organization Simulation is respectful to gender and sexual diversity. We are committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming space for every delegate. The bathroom beside Council Chambers will be turned into a gender-neutral bathroom and our regional rooms are in close proximity to gender-neutral bathrooms.

Here is a map of all nearby gender-neutral washrooms on campus: