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CEMS: Model UNFCCC officially supported by United Nations

5/16/2017 cpm category: information 

​Milan, 15-17 May 2017 

At a time of shifting geopolitics, 120 young future business leaders from more than 30 countries – currently studying the CEMS Master in International Management - will gather in Milan from 15-17 May for a two-day simulation of UN climate negotiations. The unique educational initiative is officially supported by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa.

This year’s Model UNFCCC, hosted by Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, co-incides with the official UNFCCC climate change conference taking place in Bonn, Germany from 8-18 May, meaning that this year’s simulation will be more high profile than ever.

During the two-day simulation, the 120 CEMS students from eight leading European business schools will take the roles of government, civil society and industry representatives from around the world.

The annual Model UNFCCC, initiated in 2009 by the University of St. Gallen and ESADE in Barcelona, is now in its ninth edition. It consists of a semester-long course taught in parallel at all participating universities, followed by the final negotiations in which all students come together at rotating locations.

It represents a timely opportunity for CEMS Masters students to develop skills in dealing with one of the most urgent societal issues of our times, and to gain a deeper understanding of the role of business in coping with climate challenges and contributing to global solutions.

Inspired by the UN’s landmark Paris agreement adopted in 2015, the students’ task is to come up with ambitious strategies for implementing the global target of keeping climate change “well below 2 degrees”, a benchmark agreed upon in Paris but far from being implemented on a global scale. The students will also discuss issue like how to deal with climate refugees and how compliance to climate change agreements can be ensured by all countries.

SGH is one of CEMS partner schools participating in UNFCCC, other partner schools include: University of St Gallen (Switzerland), ESADE Barcelona (Spain), University of Cologne (Germany), Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary), WU Vienna (Austria), Rotterdam School of Management (The Netherlands), Bocconi University (Italy).

​More information can be found at
To attend the simulation or for more information or interviews, contact Prof. Dr. Rolf Wuestenhagen, +41 76 306 4313

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has under Article 6 of the Convention a mandate to promote education, access to information, training, public awareness and public participation as part of its Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE)

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