January 26, 2018
U.N. Paris Agreement Negotiators Hold Workshop for CMU Students
By Stefanie Johndrow
It isn’t everyday that students get to learn negotiation strategies from the experts on the frontlines, but a class of Carnegie Mellon University students recently got to do just that.
Part of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Grand Challenge Interdisciplinary Freshman Seminar, first year students spent last semester learning about climate change and then participated in a three-day mock climate change negotiation as negotiators from the United Nations (U.N.) Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) process, more commonly known for arriving at the Paris Climate Agreement.
Climate Change was taught by Peter Adams, professor of civil and environmental engineering & engineering and public policy, Katarzyna “Kasia” Snyder, an adjunct instructor in the Dietrich College and a former FCCC negotiator, and James Wynn, associate professor of English and rhetoric. The course aims to help students understand what climate change is, how scientists know it’s happening, why there’s so much public debate over it, what solutions are available and how the policymakers go about them.
Pictured above, Kasia Snyder, Hussein Alfa Nafo and Paul Watkinson talk climate change negotiation with CMU students.