Nicholas School of the Environment via Crowdrise
September 22, 2011
The Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University is sending 18 masters candidates the UN climate negotiations in South Africa this to representing nonprofit advocacy groups and developing countries facing risks of catastrophic damage. Please help us get to Durban!
The UN Climate Change Negotiation Seminar is an advanced course intended to inform students about the primary issues involved in the negotiation of international climate change agreements under the UNFCCC and train them to take part as a stakeholder. The course aims to develop students’ analytical thinking through experiential learning at the international level.
By the end of this course, students should have developed proficiency in the following topics and skills:
·Understand the fundamental issues and background information on the issues surrounding international climate change policy negotiations;
·Develop the ability to clearly and succinctly articulate highly complex policy issues;
·Acquire a comprehensive knowledge of the negotiation process and political dynamics of the UNFCCC and other international, multilateral environmental policy forums;
·Develop expertise in a set of issues of interest to the stakeholders and parties involved in the negotiations.
The first 10 weeks of the course will be organized as a weekly, 2 ½ hour seminar and discussion series focused on a variety of topics relevant to the UNFCCC process with lectures by experts in the field from within the Duke community and as remote presentations by practitioners from around the world. A number of students will also participate directly in the UNFCCC Conference Of the P Parties (COP17) in Durban, South Africa, Nov. 28 - Dec. 9, as part of stakeholder organizations (see list below), representing various countries. Student teams will work with a stakeholder organization from the beginning to the end of the semester, performing policy analysis and developing reports and presentations in support of their organization’s preparations for the COP17 negotiations.