The 2020 Negotiations Competition is being held online using Zoom!
The New South Wales Government and the Federal Government have recently relaxed some restrictions on physical distancing and indeed, further relaxations are also set to be enacted. However, even in light of this, a key requirement of participation in the 2020 Negotiations Competition is that the students in each team compete having separately entered the Zoom calls for their two preliminary rounds on their own separate devices.
This is so that, in light of the Covid-19 Pandemic, students can participate in the competition without being forced to meet up in a common place, such as at a student’s house. UN Youth NSW has made the decision to implement this requirement in respect of those who live with vulnerable people who are more susceptible to the virus. This structure enables students to compete even if they are not in a position to have visitors in the home or to meet with other people in public places (i.e. libraries).
Please note that this requirement is extended to ALL teams, even those teams that are able to meet up and compete together from the same room (and thus are able to join the Zoom calls for their sessions together from the one device). Students from EVERY team MUST separately join the Zoom calls for their two preliminary rounds from separate computer devices; they must remain separated like that for the duration of both session one and session two. Teams CANNOT participate on one device.
The reason why this requirement, which may seem restrictive, extends to all teams is because teams that can compete together would have an unfair advantage in the competition over those teams that cannot compete together. This requirement has been implemented to make the competition as fair as possible for all participants.
Please do not hesitate to contact the NSW Director of Operations, Garima Sharma, at email@example.com if you have any questions about this.