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School students to negotiate new climate agreement

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Published: 03/12/2012

The model United Nations Climate Conference takes place on 4 December at the Civic Centre in Kingswood and will model the actual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) conference taking place in Doha, Qatar (26 November – 7 December 2012).

The event will see a dynamic afternoon of negotiation and debate, with 65 students from six participating local secondary schools – including the Yate International Academy and Bradley Stoke Community School — representing countries that will be taking part in the UNFCC conference.

Students will negotiate a new long-term global deal to tackle climate change as a successor to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. This will include reaching realistic and sustainable agreements on emission targets and financial inputs for the next 15 years.

It is hoped that these positive experiences of democracy in action will inspire young people to take an active part in decision-making about their own global future.

Janet Biggin, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, will formally welcome delegates and open the proceedings. Students will also hear Stuart Hook, Head of Democratic Services, discuss political frameworks.

The conference is part of a wider project which will see 14 Conferences run across the UK, Poland and the Czech Republic.

The event is an initiative of InterClimate Network Ltd, and is supported by South Gloucestershire Council. The conference is funded by Rotary, the British Council and the European Union’s ‘Youth in Action’ Programme.

Further information and school sign up can be found at

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