February 12, 13, 19, and 20, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm ET each day
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Climate Change and the Future of Humanity

Climate change has already begun to impact economies and societies around the globe, and the effects are only due to become more severe. Model G20 Delegates work with their country group and other G20 nations to tackle this most intemperate problem of our generation.

Delegates will deepen and mobilize their understanding of the transformative impact of government spending, policy, and global cooperation on the challenge of our lifetime.

We will explore how forcefully our changing climate has begun to provoke nations around the world to exist conscientiously, and how industry and humanity could adapt, transform, and achieve constructive harmony with nature.

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Join the 38 nationalities represented across past Model G20 summits.
The only official partner of the United Nations Climate Action Summit and the G20 2020 Committee.
Grow your skills in public speaking, negotiation, conducting research, and crafting a compelling presentation.
Collaborate with the brightest minds in your generation, and leaders from Harvard, MIT, the White House, McKinsey & Company, and CNN.
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“This is a time in history that we can really make a change because the future will depend on the implementation of the SDGs, and young people will have a crucial role to play.”

JAYATHMA WICKRAMANAYAKE

UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

MG20 VIRTUAL SUMMITAT A GLANCE

THEME Climate change and the future of humanity

This Summit provides the stage for the brightest young minds in the world to deliberate on exactly what direction international policy needs to go to slam the brakes on climatic decay. Together, we’ll delve into aspects of climate change including global warming, sustainable infrastructure, climate research, international agreements to reduce environmental impact, and assisting developing nations in mitigating the climate crisis for a brighter, more politically creative, and more collaborative world.

Participating in this Summit will give you the opportunity to work with a team to create policy initiatives and start to create a brighter future now.

Conference Preparation
  • Micro-courses in public speaking, negotiation, conducting research, and creating a compelling presentation
  • Learn about the climate through Foundations for Climate Action course
  • Group Orientation, Icebreakers and Bonding
  • Role Selection and Voting

February 12 Day 1: Identifying the Impact of Climate Change

  • Country Round Table Meeting I
    Meet up with your delegation to discuss your country’s unique climate situation.
  • Keynote: Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Solutions
    Live presentation and Q&A session by a prominent professor of environmental change.
  • Country Round Table Meeting II
    Meet with your delegation and identify which aspects of climate change are most relevant to your country. Begin to develop specific actions that address these effects.

February 13 Day 2: Creating Policies that Address the Effects of Climate Change

  • Keynote: The Possibilities and Challenges of International Cooperation Toward Climate Change
    Live presentation and Q&A session by a prominent professor of environmental change.
  • Country Round Table Meeting III
    Gather your group and discuss potential collaborative policies with other nations.
  • Ministerial Meeting I
    Meeting limited to delegations’ ministers, to exchange how climate change has impacted each of their G20 countries.

February 19 Day 3: Prioritizing and Finalizing the Climate Change Policies

  • Country Round Table Meeting IV
    Meet with your delegation and continue to work on your final presentations.
  • Discussion with Advisory
    On-demand feedback from the Deciding Committee in a closed session, to incorporate into your presentation.
  • Country Round Table Meeting V
    Take your feedback to the drawing board. Finalize any pertinent changes to your presentation pre-showcase.

February 20 Day 4: Press Conferences and Award Ceremony

  • Head of State Presentations
    Each Head of State will present a summary of their nation’s climate policies to the entire summit personnel.
  • Ministerial Presentations
    Delegation Ministers will present the policies of their ministry to the Deciding Committee.
  • Voting | Talent Show | Open Mic
    Meeting limited to delegations’ ministers, to exchange how climate change has impacted each of their G20 countries.
  • Closing Ceremony
    Select delegations and delegations will be given special awards in recognition of outstanding participation.

DAILY objectives

  • Join forces with youth across the globe to develop climate change-kicking policy.
  • Interface with prominent researches in live lectures and discussions to follow about the current efforts to understand and mitigate the effects of our changing climate.
  • Cultivate vital interpersonal skills, including negotiation, small- and large-scale teamwork, leadership, and grace and efficacy in public speaking.
  • Research and analyze key issues relating to climate change and global efforts around sustainability.

“I didn’t expect such helpful advice from the instructors, who have a very good idea of politics and policymaking and budgeting, better than most chairs I've seen. The instructors exceeded my expectations, 100%. ”

Shaurya Chandravanshi

United Arab Emirates

MEET THE EXPERTS

This year’s lineup of speakers features a panel of leading immunologists, educationists, and governance experts from around the world.

  • Alex Krasser

    Head of Online Learning at Knovva Academy
    Ed.M, Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • Patricia Lozada

    Chair of Model G20 Committee
    MPA, Harvard Kennedy School

  • JONATHAN FANTINI

    Expert Consultant, Mckinsey & Company.
    MPA, Harvard Kennedy School

  • Amy Hubbard

    Senior Curriculum Designer at Knovva Academy. She is adept at creating online curricula and delivering in-person workshops for teachers and students from around the world.

  • Martha McMorran

    Curriculum Designer at Knovva Academy. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education, with a focus on Human Development and Psychology.

WE’VE DONE THIS BEFORE
2020 summit highlights

Model G20 Delegates cooperated as international organizations, leading the response to seismic shifts in the economic, educational, social, and political landscapes posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We explored how the pandemic that overtook the world challenged national bodies to adapt, transform, and sustain optimism for an economically vibrant future.

Participating Schools

Previous Knovva Model
G20 Summits have
featured these leading schools:

Northlands School

Argentina

Sydney Boys High School

Australia

The Scots College

Australia

Luther College High School

Canada

Colegio Jorge Washington

Columbia

Colegio Panamericano

Columbia

Daly College

India

Aitchison College

Pakistan

Robert College of Istanbul

Turkey

BINUS SCHOOL Serpong

Indonesia

Shibuya Junior and Senior High School

Japan

Merchant Taylors School

U.K

British International School of Boston

USA

Boston Latin School

USA

Poly Prep Country Day School

USA

Rivermont Collegiate

USA

The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China

China

The Experimental High School Attached to Beijing Normal University

China

Tsinghua University High School

China

Past Destinations

Previous Knovva Model G20 Summits have been held in:

Boston
Cambridge
Mexico City
Beijing
Tokyo

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GATHER

Previous Knovva Model G20 Summits have featured students from 38+ countries, a diverse, multicultural melting pot of the brightest minds across the world.

Engage

Mind and soul. Train your innate powers of negotiation, debating, writing, and public speaking.

Role-play

The beauty and habitability of the world is in your hands: Take on roles as governments, ministers, and delegates, and devise novel solutions to bring color back to our world’s future.

“During the summit, I really learned how to be a strong leader - which is not just limited to instructing people on tasks, but is listening to the needs of your team and motivating everybody to work hard.”

Tara Ossiani

United States

ALUMNI PROFILES: MODEL G20

A majority of previous Model G20 Alumni have gone on to attend the world’s best
universities such as Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia, Cornell, NYU,
Boston University, and Imperial College London.

  • Federico R.

    Model G20 ’17
    Harvard University ’23

    At the 2017 Model G20, Federico took home a well-deserved award for best delegate. Since attending, Federico has gone on to serve as an Economic Development and Neighborhood Committee Member for the City of Boston where he worked to allocate city funding to area youth.

  • Jennifer Z.

    MODEL G20 - ’18, ’19
    COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY ’23

    Jenn has participated in the Model G20 Summit numerous times and even made it to our next level program, Task Force, where she was able to work with the Y20! She is a true leader in every sense of the word and when she gives a speech everyone listens. With motivation and drive beyond her years, she’s ready to change the world.

  • Sebastian S.

    MODEL G20 - ’17, ’18
    PRINCETON UNIVERSITY ’24

    During his time at the Model G20 Summit, it was quickly apparent that this young leader was going places. With a full plate of activities in high school from National Honor Society, soccer, mock trials, political awareness club, science team, and orchestra, we’re thrilled that he made the time to attend our groundbreaking summit.

  • Alvin C.

    MODEL G20 - ’17, ’18, ’19
    MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ’23

    Alvin has participated in three Model G20 Summits and loves the summit portion of the program the most. “During the last three days we had to research our topics depending on our ministry. I was the health minister, so I had to research about pollution and how it affects public health.” We’re sure Alvin will put his research skills to good use during his time at MIT!

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What you get

$379

$129

  • All-access pass to the Model G20 Virtual Summit
  • All learning materials including video courses, MG20 training and on-boarding materials, program guidelines, handbooks and textbooks
  • Certificate of Completion, and potentially an award to boost your resume
  • College-level lectures, workshops, and online courses designed by Harvard alumni and scholars
  • *Limited Time Offer Valid Until January 10, 2021

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Voices from the MG20 Community

“I definitely am looking forward to being part of more such events, utilizing my knowledge to bring about positive changes in my immediate environment not only in life at home but also in and outside of school.” - Adya S, India

“It was awesome to see people from around the world coming together to discuss the issues of tomorrow. I learned so much about people from other cultures and what their perspectives on policy were, and I felt as though I grew a lot from that.” - Matthew R, United States

“Seeing real life policy making, having new international friends, even though we’re only meeting virtually, we got along really well.” - Elizabeth H, Indonesia

“This program inspired me to become the Minister of Youth Affairs to provide a platform for young people to share their thoughts. It also helped me think critically. I really love it and would love to participate more in the future!” - Tamaki H, Japan

Students enrolled in the Model G20 Virtual Summit must have regular access to a computer with a reliable high-speed internet connection. Students are expected to log in to Knovva Academy’s platform and Zoom to attend online simulation sessions. If any sessions require students to have additional software, students will be notified of these requirements in advance.

No. While native English speakers might find it easier to participate verbally, we have numerous channels to ensure that all voices are included.

Yes, of course! The Model G20 Virtual Summit welcomes high school students from all around the world, even those without Model G20 Summit experience.

The program fee is non-refundable once the application is complete.

Participating in the Model G20 Virtual Summit will demonstrate to college admissions officers that you are committed to growing your leadership skills, developing your practical understanding of international affairs, and broadening your perspective as a global citizen. Studies show that high school students who participate in extracurricular activities are more likely to have higher grades, test scores, and aspirations for college. Knovva Academy students often attend top colleges and universities, and we attribute their success to their vibrant spirit of inquiry and their willingness to thoughtfully engage in Model G20 while keeping their grades high.

Model G20 Virtual Summit participants spend five days engaged in a role-playing game via Zoom, while mG20 in Action club members meet once a week during the school year, and collaborate online using Knovva Academy’s community forum. Both activities include opportunities to learn, collaborate with peers, engage in hands-on simulations, and speak publicly.

The fee is $379 USD per student for the February 2021 cohort but till January 10th 2021, it's available for a special price of $129 only. This fee covers all guest speakers and supports the teachers who facilitate each team.

Please call us at +1-800-892-5335 for more details.
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