Political interest groups (also referred to as lobby groups) try their best to shape the debate in the political sphere and many thousands are official observers to UN committees or accredited as experts to other international bodies. They offer expertise and assistance in legislative procedures as well as in times of crisis. However, the influence these groups exercise is not undisputed with an almost inherent accusation of bribery, nepotism and radical measures to do and achieve what presumed good.
Just like a state actor, the capabilities are very different. Large corporations and their respective interest groups are equipped with sizeable budgets to conduct research, invest in new technologies and make influential friends. Charitable Organizations’ may have (significantly) smaller funds, but have a larger social impact. Rally for volunteers, send your own experts and research and provide first aid or organize a protest and keep up the pressure on governments until the point when it causes powerful nations to reconsider their stance.
Every interest group will be represented by up to three delegates whom you can apply for individually or together with friends (make sure to tell us in the registration form). You are not assigned to one committee, but self-organized and free to move between and give speeches in the councils in accordance with the rules of procedure. Upon arrival each group will appoint a presiding officer to make final calls on the budget and the group’s political directions.
The selected interest groups are:
- Amnesty International
- Doctors Without Borders
- the World Nuclear Association (WNA)
- the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)
- the European Organization for Security (EOS)