Inter-University Climate Change Negotiations Simulation 2014


From October 24th-25th, 2014, the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University is excited to host the 5th Annual Inter-University Climate Change Negotiations Simulation. The simulation is designed to replicate the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, which is currently working to reach a global agreement to combat climate change next year.

The negotiation exercise aims to mirror the real-world politics and policy discussions at the heart of the UN process. Student negotiators from a variety of universities, each representing one of the 192 countries party to the UNFCCC, will meet at Duke University for a 2-day session to begin the difficult work of crafting the foundation needed for a universal agreement to be finalized in 2015.

Participation is open to any student currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at any institution. Registration is $20 (or $25 after October 17th, 2014) to cover food costs during the event. Free housing, offered by students at Duke, is available for students coming from other universities. Once you are registered, you will be assigned a country to represent throughout the negotiations. All interested students are encouraged to participate; no prior experience needed. Readings and training will be available to bring students up to speed.

Tentative Schedule:

October 24th 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Registration, Light Reception, Opening Remarks, Negotiations Begin (Environment Hall, Duke University)

October 25th 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM: Breakfast, Opening Plenary, Drafting Sessions, Lunch, Stock Taking Plenary, Drafting Sessions, Closing Plenary, Debrief (Environment Hall, Duke University)

October 25th 6:00pm: Dinner at a local restaurant in Durham (Optional – not included in registration fee)

Registration Information:

Registration is a two part process. Students can register here.  Please make sure you register on the link above, and pay using the PayPal button below.

Registration deadline is Monday, October 20th at midnight EST.

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PLEASE NOTE: Registration is not confirmed until payment has been received. Payments should be made through the “Buy Now” PayPal link below. Registration fee is $20 prior to October 17th, and $25 after. No refunds can be processed.


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