Goodenough College

Call for expressions of interest – undergraduate climate negotiation simulation 2023

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We are pleased to confirm that in 2023 we will once again be holding our annual climate negotiation simulation event for undergraduate students. The event will take place on Wednesday 26 April.

The event is aimed at undergraduate students interested in the politics of climate change and follows our first climate simulation held in March 2022 in Birmingham. This time we will be holding the event in the Great Hall at Goodenough College in Bloomsbury, London. With its high vaulted ceilings and oak panelled walls this is a unique space for the event.

We are looking for up to 30 universities to take part, and each participating university will be able to send three students alongside an academic lead. There is a small charge for the event of £25 per student participant to help cover the running costs. The fee will include refreshments throughout the day as well as lunch. We will also have a keynote speaker.

The climate simulation itself reproduces the negotiations held under the auspices of the United Nations. Students will represent one of the ‘parties’ (i.e. states) which have signed up to current international agreements on climate change (for instance, the Paris Agreement of 2015 and the Glasgow Climate Pact of 2021). The aim will be to agree upon refinements to these agreements – looking at reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the raising of climate transition finance, and agreement on a statement of principles.

The simulation is overseen by Mark Webber, BISA President and Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham. It provides an opportunity for hands-on, experiential learning. Students will get a taste of what it is like to participate in international bargaining and negotiation while also raising their awareness of the politics of climate change.

If your institution would like to take part, please complete the expression of interest form by the deadline of Monday 27 November at 11.59pm (UK time). You must be from an institution based in the UK.

Following collection of expressions of interest, a Zoom meeting of academic leads from each participating university will be held in mid-December to provide further details.

Watch the video below for the highlights of last year’s climate negotiation simulation held in Birmingham.