APRU Student Global Climate Change Simulation 2022

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

The APRU Student Global Climate Change Simulation 2022 is a role-playing exercise in which students will form multi-country, multi-disciplinary teams to play the role of delegates to the UN Climate Change Negotiations. Over three sessions, students participate in an online simulation activity using materials from the World Climate Interactive and the C-ROADS simulation model developed by MIT. These live sessions will be supplemented with short lectures and materials developed and curated by the APRU experts.

Students will be assigned to international teams for three rounds of negotiations with support from APRU faculty climate experts. In addition, teams will hear perspectives from experts on topics such as indigenous knowledge, planetary health, 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 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.

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 (view the recording here)
May 31 at 6-8:30 pm (PDT) / June 1 at 9-11:30 am (UTC+8)

The ceremony is open to general public to listen to keynote speeches and take a glimpse of a student-driven UN-normed negotiation.

Day 1 simulation (view the recording here)
June 14 at 6-8:30 pm (PDT) / June 15 at 9-11:30 am (UTC+8)

Day 2 simulation
June 28 at 6-8:30 pm (PDT) / June 29 at 9-11:30 am (UTC+8)










Participating Universities




For general inquiries, contact Tina Lin at [email protected]


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]