2023: 3rd - 5th november
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OUr Mission

The Climate Crisis affects us all: WCNF was founded to uncover the challenge of beating it.
Born in 2018, the Forum returns to Warwick in 2023 for its third iteration, coinciding with the 28th Conference of Parties negotiations in the United Arab Emirates. WCNF is an opportunity for students at the University of Warwick to get to grips with global climate policy, and to engage more broadly with the climate agenda and its implications through speaker events and workshops.


What is WCNF?

WCNF, run by students for students, is a simulation of the UN’s global climate negotiations. It’s not a debating competition, or a Model UN conference: delegates are put in the shoes of a representative of one of twenty nations from around the world, and tasked with representing that nation’s interests in informal, supported discussions. Delegates agree policy commitments that we, the WCNF team, use to predict the potential impact of delegates’ decisions on the climate crisis in the real-world – seeing the consequences of trade-offs that would play out over decades to come in real-time. You’ll also be participating in a dynamic programme of speakers and workshops, designed to broaden your awareness of the challenges inherent in addressing the climate emergency and help you develop the skills to be part of the solution.

Who are the delegates?

YOU! The people who participate in the simulation as the delegates (and make WCNF the amazing event it is) are Warwick students like yourself!

When and where will WCNF 2023 be?

WCNF 2021 will take place across three days from the 29th to the 31st of October. The Opening Ceremony will take place on the evening of Friday 29th October which will then be followed by two days of the exciting negotiations, guest speakers, and workshops! The main Forum will then be held across the weekend of Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st October in the Oculus building.

What will happen in WCNF 2023?

WCNF will be back for 2023, and it's bigger and better than ever, with more speakers, more workshops, more pre- and post-conference events, more delegates, and more delegations! We’re also delving deeper into the simulation by considering not only the “what?” but also the “how?” of climate targets.

And what’s more, this year’s WCNF is especially exciting as it takes place mere hours before COP26 starts in Glasgow!


2021's Forum saw 20 national delegations agree to emissions pledges limiting mean annual average global temperature increases to 2.1 degrees by 2100, with a new Climate Fund of $105bn... will 2023 do better?

Delegates & Their Role

What can you do?
WCNF puts students into the role of negotiators acting on behalf of a selection of parties to the UNFCCC, acting ‘in character’ according to the broad and diverse interests of their assigned nation. In this role, delegates are asked to negotiate a series of targets – both those concerned with strategic policy, e.g. national emissions reductions or climate finance commitments, and those addressing more specific aspects of climate policymaking, e.g. tax/subsidy regimes for different types of energy generation – as well as a more general ‘conference motion’, akin to the papers that are agreed at real-world COP negotiations (e.g. the Paris Agreement, Glasgow Pact), which addressed allied topics and issues that are difficult to address through quantified outcomes.

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