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Duquesne University Simulates Copenhagen Climate Summit

Event Immerses Students, Faculty in Roles of International Policymakers

In advance of the international climate summit scheduled in Copenhagen, Duquesne University MBA students, faculty members from across the University and interested community members will stage a climate consensus simulation on campus on Friday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Much as a Model United Nations role-plays the work of the actual U.N., this simulation is expected to resemble the climate conference in Copenhagen on Dec. 7-18. At the Copenhagen summit, representatives from 170 countries are expected to decide a follow-up to the Kyoto agreement that would prevent global warming and climate changes.

Through the Road to Copenhagen event, students in Duquesne’s MBA Sustainability program, for the first time, will create an international solution to stabilize carbon dioxide levels, said Dr. Nagaraj Sivasubramaniam, associate professor of leadership and co-facilitator of the event. Co-facilitator is Dr. Robert Sroufe, associate professor of supply chain management and holder of the Murrin Chair on Global Competitiveness. Participants will represent different nations or groups and will be provided with briefing materials and assigned roles in negotiating greenhouse gas emission targets and contributions to the U.N. fund. The simulation will mimic the commitment level various groups have to climate issues.

As in Copenhagen, multiple rounds of negotiations will continue until individual decisions and commitments meet the global targets. A de-briefing and post-work assessment will follow.

“Participants will leave with a better understanding of what it would take to deal with the climate crises, the effectiveness of specific policy instruments, what might potentially derail these negotiations, and what individuals, communities and governments can do about it,” Sivasubramaniam said. “We hope that by becoming immersed in this process, students and faculty members better appreciate the art of international policymaking.”

The SMBA program focuses on human, environmental and financial capital through a unique curriculum that includes an overseas experience. To learn more about the program, visit http://mba.sustainability.duq.edu.

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