United Arab Emirates, Dubai - United Nations Climate Negotiations

Program Dates
Thursday, November 30, 2023 to Wednesday, December 6, 2023

United Nations Climate Change Negotiations 

Students are selected into the UN Climate Negotiations course and program through a competitive application process. The program is offered through the Walker College of Business and welcomes students from all disciplines. The course familiarizes students with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the annual Conference of the Parties (COP). Each fall, a delegation of students and faculty from App State travel to the COP and participate in the negotiations. 

This course aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental issues regarding climate change, the negotiations process and the political dynamics of the UNFCCC. The course is intended to develop students’ analytical thinking and experiential learning at the international level – including attending the  United Nations COP conference each fall.

Visit the official UN Climate Change Negotiations Program Page here for more detailed information.

How to Apply:

Visit the official program page to access the application form.

Program dates:

Please note that this is a fall-semester course with travel to the conference. On-campus course meetings are Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm. during the regular semester.

Travel to COP 28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is planned for November 30 - December 6, 2023.


  • ECO 4530-101: United Nations Climate Negotiations — 3 credits
  • ECO 5530-101: United Nations Climate Negotiations — 3 credits


  • ECO 4530-101: United Nations Climate Negotiations counts as an IB elective (major, approved, required or other), Sustainable Business minor or major elective,  COB elective or upper level elective and fulfills the Global Issues requirement.
  • ECO 5530-101: United Nations Climate Negotiations - This 3 semester hour course fulfills the international requirement for the MBA program and is an elective for the international business concentration, the economics concentration and the sustainable business concentration. 

Program Leaders

Dr. Dave McEvoy
Chair and Professor, Department of Economics


Students not eligible for this program who want to participate should contact the program leader to ask if accommodations can be made.
Eligible Groups: 
Appalachian undergraduates
Undergraduate business majors
MBA students
Appalachian graduate students
All faculty-led programs fulfill the Global Issues Requirement and can fulfill a COB elective or free elective. Be sure to speak with your academic advisor to see how a specific faculty-led program will fit into your program of study.
International Business
MBA 5020 
MBA International Business Concentration
MBA Sustainable Business Concentration
Sustainable Business
MSADA Sustainability Concentration