World Climate Simulation
The International Vienna Energy and Climate Forum is a solutions platform to accelerate low- emission, climate-resilient development around the world. The Forum highlights the action- oriented steps required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, helping to forge an inclusive pathway that leaves no one behind. The Forum is co-organized by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA) and the Government of Austria. The solutions platform facilitates multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder and inter-disciplinary dialogue to advance sustainable energy development while promoting inclusiveness and the empowerment of women and youth engagement.
Youth Solutions Days, designed by and for youth, in partnership with Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), WU Vienna and the City of Vienna brings together young people to discuss, learn and built capacity though action-packed three-day agenda. Most of all, it meaningfully engages youth in the Forum.
The session on the World Climate Simulation (WCS) is basically divided into six main parts. As the time slot is short, the complexity of the topic is very high, and the number of participants is quite challenging, the participants are kindly asked to prepare themselves for this session very briefly. It will take you no longer than half of an hour and saves you and your negotiations partners valuable time in the event session. Everybody will receive the same, short general information note on the most essential factors that will influence the discussion. Additionally, you will be assigned to a specific group like a developing country, a developed country, or an interest group that you represent and in that regard you will receive a confidential briefing note, what your main focus should lie on during the WCS.
Guidance and context about the simulation and the roles the participants will play are given. Also, a short presentation about climate science, impacts, and goals will be shown.
2. First round of proposals
Every group will receive two documents beforehand. One is the proposal form, where the different groups state their ambitions to fight climate change, while keeping in mind their briefing statements. The other one includes the briefing statement itself, where the priorities of your interest group are stated. During this stage, you should come up with a draft of your negotiations strategy. You will decide on one person in your group to present your strategy in the next phase.
3. Proposal speeches and model input
The previously picked representative of each group gets the floor for 2 minutes. They will state what’s important for their interest group to give the others an idea whether they might be a good one on one negotiation partner at a later time. Also, the proposal form needs to be presented, as the numbers that you have come up with will be put into the simulation program in real time.
4. Negotiations and second round of proposals
After presenting and listening to the ten speeches of the various interest groups, it’s time for negotiation. You can choose freely how to proceed, whether you look for a partner in the negotiation that aligns with your interests to push yourselves, or you approach a negotiating party that completely disagrees with your ambitions. As you will be part of a large group, use your resources efficiently and try to negotiate in two or three places simultaneously. However, keep in mind that in the end you will need a few minutes to prepare your two minute presentation for the next stage.