2021 Global Economic Forum

Combating the Climate Emergency 

Tuesday, March 2 - Thursday, March 4, 2021

Congratulations to teams from the Pennington School, New Foundations Charter School and Central High School on their winning Climate Policy Proposals!

Congratulations to the individual award winners from each program day on their outstanding efforts and achievements!

Finally, thank you to all the faculty, students and administrators who joined us for this program - we appreciate all your effort and commitment! 

The ongoing climate emergency continues to be one of the world’s largest and most intractable global issues. Carbon and greenhouse gas emissions remain near historic highs, deforestation of critical rainforests continues, and the average global temperature continues to inch up year after year. These metrics directly coincide with instances of greater and more severe weather events, desertification, unstable water and food systems, and loss of critical biodiversity.

International attempts to mitigate the ongoing crisis have provided mixed results. The Paris Climate Accords were meant to usher in a new generation of climate conscious policies, with individual nations taking personal responsibility for their emissions. However, the progress of such measures has stuttered over recent years with the United States departure from the Accords and pressing global issues, such as the coronavirus and the resulting economic slowdown, taking attention from climate change. These recent issues, combined with the intractable difficulty of balancing the needs and concerns of over 200 countries, make climate change as vexing of an issue as ever before. 

The 2021 Global Economic Forum (GEF) will explore the intricacies of the climate emergency, including a solutions-oriented approach to combating the global issue. The program will simulate an international competition for funding from the World Bank, with students presenting innovative solutions to core climate issues. Specifically, students will work to understand the fundamental causes of climate change, develop actionable policy proposals, and advocate for their preferred plan. A panel of judges representing the World Bank will hear arguments from each team, and ultimately determine a winning proposal. 

*Platforms Required: Zoom, Google Meets; 
*Duration: Full-day conference program (9 am – 1:30 pm);
*Program Offering: Offered once; 
*Preparation level: High -Students must commit to doing several hours of research on their assigned country and committee role ahead of the full-day, virtual simulation event

2021 GEF Resources Now Available!

Click here to access all of the materials and resources students need to prepare for the 2021 Global Economic Forum.