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On May 12-13 Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) will host the 2016 Model United Nations climate change negotiations (known as Model UNFCCC).Select students from MSc International Management/CEMS and MSc Global Business & Sustainability programmes of RSM will take part in the event for 120 students across eight leading CEMS universities. They have simultaneously participated in the 2016 edition of the Climate Change Strategy Role Play course which culminates in this simulation event in Rotterdam.

We wish the participants much success taking the lead to address the pressing global issues that climate change intensifies (resource competition, natural disasters, disease vectors, water and food scarcity and refugee migration). Students will be using the recent Paris Agreement created at COP21 to now simulate the upcoming COP22 to be held in Marrakesh. Negotiations will seek to enhance the current Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of countries and work out details of how the new mechanisms and funds will function. The big challenge is how to improve the current commitments to be in line with the universally agreed target of limiting global temperature rise to ‘well-below 2 degrees’.

Sustainable RSM agrees that we need to address the relevance of climate change in this international business environment. This is the time to educate tomorrow's business leaders in the science, evolving policy and vital role of business. We are an essential part of the solution. Therefore, sustainable RSM is delighted to be one of the sponsors of this important event; providing funding from our Stimulating Sustainability Teaching Fund

If you know of future activities and events that could benefit from similar support to boost stimulating educational modules in the classroom or through co-curricular activities, please contact your RSM academic instructors and programme managers and apply.