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APRU Student Global Climate Change Simulation 2023

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

The APRU Student Global Climate Change Simulation 2023 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 World Climate Interactive collaborated with MIT. These live sessions will be supplemented with short lectures and materials developed and curated by 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.

We are delighted to welcome experts from Monash University, Peking University,  The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Universidad de los Andes to 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 (watch the recording here)
April 11 at 6-8:30 pm (PDT) / April 12 at 9-11:30 am (UTC+8)

Day 1 simulation (watch the recording here)
April 18 at 6-8:30 pm (PDT) / April 19 at 9-11:30 am (UTC+8)

Day 2 simulation
April 25 at 6-8:30 pm (PDT) / April 26 at 9-11:30 am (UTC+8)

Other key dates

  • January 5- Registration system opens
  • February 21- Final deadline for students to register
  • March 28- Registration fee received by APRU
  • March- Facilitator orientations
Program & Additional Information

Program (Download here)









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

Read a news article published by University of Oregon here.
Read a news article published by University of Southern California here.

Participating Universities

Collaborating Partners



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]