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. Delegates also participate 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.
This year, in addition to the Forum's core focus on emissions policy, we'll be introducing delegates to five core themes allied to the core issue of the Climate Crisis
Millions have already been displaced by the Climate Crisis - but this is the tip of the iceberg. Global movement of vulnerable populations is expected to be an increasing challenge for the world's governments as sea level rise and impacts from increasingly-extreme weather events mount: so how can we sure migration induced by global heating is properly addressed?
Capacity & Technology
The disparity between the capacity of the Global North and Global South to scientifically evaluate, predict, and develop management strategies for climate change is huge - as is the difference in ability to deploy technology to mitigate emissions and adapt to its effects.
Debt, Loss & Damage
Questions of unequal financial capacity and power are intricately connected with how we address the Climate Crisis - as well as to histories of empire and contemporary neocolonialism. Whether, and how, the Global North will take financial responsibility for the consequences of its early industrialisation and historical emissions is an urgent - and unresolved - challenge.
Rights to Nature
Governments and courts around the world are increasingly considering whether and how to implement legal rights to access nature, concomitant with rights to life and a healthy environment, with the NUS' 2021 'Mock COP' recommending a new international crime of ecocide.
Devolution, Localism &
Responding to the Climate Crisis is not just a question of top-down policymaking: how we implement emissions reduction, and arguably more so how we adapt to the effects of climate change, is increasingly a question of local implementation.
I'm most looking forward to the very start - seeing everyone gathered together for the first time and all of the team's fantastic work about to pay off. It's a rollercoaster from there, but it's a hell of a feeling!
I’m most looking forward to seeing how the negotiations are carried out at the event.
I am looking forward to seeing if we can keep the global warming target of 1.5 degrees this time.
I am excited about the opportunity to foster a collaborative environment to allow for insightful, interactive, and meaningful discussion.
I'm looking forward to acting as the Forum Press Team where we will share all the news for delegates during the Conference!
I am looking forward to hearing the different points of view from participants and attending the speaker events.
I'm most looking forward to causing some chaos with my activists and lobbyists.
I’m most excited for the thought-provoking debates at WCNF!
I’m most looking forward to chatting to new people but of course also the country drama :)
I'm most looking forward to meeting all the great delegates, but also just to enjoy the fun atmosphere of the conference!