World Climate Simulation: A Roleplay in Negotiation

On 21st September, “World Climate Stimulation: A Roleplay in Negotiation” was organized by Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA) in Partnership with CLimates and supported by Clean Energy Nepal at Golden Gate International College premise, Baneshwor.  Around 25 participants were present at the program from different educational background. They were given opportunity to role play as the delegates from different countries and practice the negotiation process.

The main objective of the program was to build climate change awareness and enable participants to experience some of the dynamics that emerge in the UN climate negotiations. All the participants were divided into 6 groups and assigned to be a delegate representing various countries such as China, India, United States of America, Developing countries etc. Brief description of the program was given in addition to that Paris agreement and upcoming COP 22 information was shared in presence of Executive secretary of UNFCCC Patricia Espinosa and UN General Secretary Ban ki Moon. The main target of the program was to let participants involve into the negotiation process and finalize an agenda at the end. The negotiation exercise was divided into 3 rounds to meet the 2 degree Celsius agenda.

With the aid of C-ROADS the data came from each of the regions were entered into the software and analyzed through the graph whether we were able to meet the agenda. With the strong stand on the development by China and US we couldn’t met the agenda but we could reach up to 2.5 degree Celsius at the end. To show the disastrous outcome at the end we covered the developing nations with piece of cloth to show that developing country will soon be drowning if same trend of GHGs emission exists.

Sadly, the participants were so involved with the roleplay they couldn’t come up with the agenda and also there was limitation of time. Overall feedbacks from participants were good. They thoroughly enjoyed being part of this innovative program and they said they wished to participate in programs like this.