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APRU Student Global Climate Change Simulation 2024

An experiential activity where students play the role of delegates to the UN climate change negotiations.

The APRU Student Global Climate Change Simulation is a roleplaying exercise in which students will form multi-country, multi-disciplinary teams to play the role of delegates to the UN Climate Change Negotiations. Students will be assigned to international teams (students from various universities) representing one of six countries/regions.

We will begin the activity with a “kickoff event” of two hours to welcome and orient students. The second week will be scheduled for students to meet with their teams individually. Then, the last two sessions of 2 1/2 hours each (one week apart) will be the main event where we will hold an online simulation activity using materials from the World Climate Interactive and the EN-ROADS simulation model. Over two rounds of discussions and negotiations, teams will participate in breakout rooms facilitated by international experts in climate science.

In addition, teams will hear perspectives from experts on topics such as coastal habitats, deforestation, clean energy, trading and offsets, and diplomacy and negotiation skills. Teams will discuss the human and environmental effects of climate change, as well as the economic impact that countries/regions consider in determining their position and global commitments. The live sessions will be supplemented with short lectures and other materials developed and curated by the APRU experts, which will be available on a shared Canvas website.



The APRU Student Global Climate Change Simulation is co-organized by APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Program housed at the University of Oregon and APRU Global Health Program housed at the University of Southern California.

We are delighted to continue having experts from Monash University, Peking University,  The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Universidad de los Andes in the Climate Change Simulation Advisory Board this year.


Learning Objectives

  • Describe what contributes to climate change, and its impact on planetary health;
  • Explain global climate change efforts, such as the Paris Agreement, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNCCC), and the Conference of Parties (COP);
  • Explain how/why climate change affects the most vulnerable populations and why it is an issue of social justice;
  • Identify adaptation and mitigation strategies and which will have the most impact on global temperatures;
  • Practice global teamwork and cross-cultural collaboration and communication skills
  • Discuss the complexity involved in countries’ decisions, including consideration of factors such as economic impact and negotiating power; and
  • Describe the challenges of negotiations among countries on climate change and the importance of global collaboration.
Date & Time

Opening ceremony/KICKOFF
August 22 at 6-8pm (PDT) / August 23 at 9-11 am (UTC+8)

Group meetings
August 29 at 6-8pm (PDT) / August 30 at 9-11 am (UTC+8)

Day 1 simulation
September 5 at 6-8:30 pm (PDT) / September 6 at 9-11:30 am (UTC+8)

Day 2 simulation
September 12 at 6-8:30 pm (PDT) / September 13 at 9-11:30 am (UTC+8)

Other key dates

  • January 2024 – Internal university advertising and student selection 
  • June 2024 – Deadline for students selected by their university to register for the simulation
  • June 2024 – Facilitator orientations
Program & Additional Information

Coming soon

Students who participate in the entire three sessions will receive a certificate of completion.

Read a news article about last year’s program published by University of Oregon here.
Read a news article about last year’s program published by University of Southern California here.

Participating Universities
Coming soon

Collaborating Partners
Coming soon


For student-related inquiries, contact Prof. Elly Vandegrift at [email protected]


If you are a faculty member interested in participating in a facilitator or expert role, contact Prof. Mellissa Withers at [email protected]