The Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, in partnership with British Embassy Washington and the University of Kansas are hosting a first-of-a-kind virtual Model COP26 on March 25, 2021, from 10AM to 5PM CT.

Inspired by the Model UN structure, Model COP26 will engage students in interactive simulations around meeting the COP26 goals. Between the simulation exercises, the conference will feature remarks from high-level experts and government officials. Karen Pierce, British Ambassador to the US will give opening remarks.

The event will raise awareness around the COP26 agenda, will bring attention to the importance of coordinated and urgent climate action, and will demonstrate the inner workings of COP negotiations. The students will compete in groups representing pre-assigned countries. A panel of esteemed judges will score the groups’ presentations on updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDCs), Article 6 of the Paris Agreement negotiations, as well as opportunities for cooperation across 5 priority areas for the UK COP26 Presidency: resilience and adaptation, nature, clean energy, clean transport, and finance.

Students have an option to observe the event or to participate in the simulation exercises as a “negotiator.”


Please read the following instructions before submitting your registration as there are two registration options:

Negotiator Registration

Negotiators will participate in the climate talk simulations and will be asked to attend a one hour training session before the event. Negotiators will also be asked to submit a short half-page to one-page position statement related to the assigned country by noon EST March 24th (the country assignments will be announced by March 22nd). Individuals failing to complete the assignment by this deadline will be disqualified from participating as Negotiators, but can still attend the event. Negotiator registration is open to students only. 

There are limited negotiator spots available based on first-come, first-serve basis. The negotiator registration will be open until Monday, March 22nd or until the registration limit is reached. (REGISTER HERE)

Observer Registration

Observers will have access to virtually attend Model COP26, and participate in some of the Q&A segments with the experts, but will not participate in the negotiations and the breakout sessions. Observer registration is open to students, faculty, government officials, private sector attendees, and nonprofits.  Students, please add your Major in the “title field” and University in the “affiliation” field. (REGISTER BELOW).