Model EU Christchurch 2020

Registrations have now closed.

The 2020 Christchurch Model EU will simulated discussions taking place at the Council of the European Union, where government ministers from each EU member state meet to discuss, amend and adopt laws and coordinate policies. The ministers have the authority to commit their governments to actions agreed in these meetings.

The 2020 Christchurch Model EU is entitled:
United for Climate Action! Is the EU on track?

Council of the European Union 

Delegates assumed the roles of ministers and state secretaries at the Council of the European Union (sometimes called Council of Ministers) to debate a draft directive focused on climate action. In preparation all delegates received an email with their respective role to read up on their countries’ position on climate change and the actions proposed in the draft directive. Useful resources and starting points can be found in the Resources section below.

Event details

When? Tuesday and Wednesday, 20+21 October 2020.

Timing? The event will started on both days with registrations at 9.15am. On Tuesday, we concluded at approximately 7pm and on Wednesday around 3.15p.

Where? University of Canterbury, Rehua building. Click on the link to find a MAP.


Registrations & Sign In: We are using a manual register for contact tracing in addition to the governmental Covid-19 tracer app: every morning and every time you leave the event, you need to come past the reception desk to sign in/out.

Covid-19 precautions: QR codes can be located on every building entry and we strongly encourage you to scan the code every time you enter a building. Frequently use the hand sanitiser provided and cover any coughs and sneezes with your elbow. If you are unwell, please do ring the welfare number and stay home. As part of our duty of care we will let your school/teacher/parent know that you are not attending on that day.

Welfare and Emergencies: UC staff and supporting students are very happy to assist you. If you have any concerns, please approach one of us and we will do our best to help.


The link to the Model EU Booklet 2020 contains the complete student handbook which is also sent out by email. You will receive a printed copy on first day.

Model EU Booklet 2020

These three links take you to sections of the student handbook for easier reference.

Model EU: Intro to the EU and event theme

Model EU Draft Directive Climate Action

Model EU Appendix Definitions

Teacher Professional Development Workshop

Parallel to the Model EU for students, UC is offering a one-day Professional Development Workshop in collaboration with the Aotearoa Social Studies Educators Network (ASSEN), providing teachers with EU Studies teaching resources that link into the NZ context and curriculum related to the Model EU theme. The EU and Europe are very broad areas and fit with many topics and subjects across the  curriculum, thus the workshop will be multidisciplinary and facilitated by experienced teacher educators and EU Studies academics. The workshop encourages networking and collaboration with colleagues, and the development of a “network of EU experts in schools”.

The workshop will be split over both Model EU days (2x half days) to allow time for teachers to observe their students, further engage with the material or focus on other tasks.

Workshop times: Tuesday, 20 October 2020 with lunch to approx 5pm and Wednesday, 21 October 2020 from 9.15am to approx 12pm.

There is no registration fee for the Teacher Professional Development Workshop. The NCRE can offer up to NZ$400 teacher relief per participant which will be paid to the school.

For more information please contact Yvonne Grosch, 

Why talk about Climate Change?

The Encyclopædia Britannica defines “climate change” as “periodic modification of Earth’s climate brought about as a result of changes in the atmosphere as well as interactions between the atmosphere and various other geologic, chemical, biological, and geographic factors within the Earth system”.

The planet’s climate has constantly been changing over geological time. But the problem now is that through human interference the planet warms up more rapidly than ever. Burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, increasing livestock farming, etc. increases the amount of greenhouse gases naturally occurring in the atmosphere significantly. This in turn increases the greenhouse effect and leads to global warming. Higher than usual temperatures lead to melting glaciers, spreading deserts, extreme weather events are increasing common and result in great costs to lives and homes.

Because climate change has so many negative consequences, it is an issue of global importance and therefore also of great importance to the EU. The EU has ambitious climate goals, for example, to reduce its greenhouse gases by 30% by 2030, and generate at least 32% of its energy from renewable energy sources. Is the EU on track?

Why attend a Model EU event?

The EU and Europe do not feature prominently in New Zealand media and school curriculum despite its strong impact and influence on this part of the world. The “EU in Schools” project encourages incorporation of EU content into the curriculum by engaging secondary students and teachers in EU Studies.

The project organises Model EU training and simulations for high school students and Professional Learning Development (PLD) workshops for teachers. The Model EU training and simulation events provide students with practical, hands-on experience of the EU’s processes and challenges. Participants are introduced to the EU, its governance and the event subject through interactive and self-directed learning. Themes are relevant to young people and relate to current developments in the EU.

For more information on upcoming events keep an eye on our Events and Opportunities Page or scroll on to see what happened at past Model EU events.

With the help of a grant from the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Programme of the European Commission, the EUCN and NCRE are pleased to offer Model EU Training and Simulation events as well as Professional Learning Development Workshops for Teachers across New Zealand.

What is a Model EU event?

The EUCN in partnership with the NCRE and the EU Delegation to New Zealand are pleased to offer Model EU Training and Simulation events to high school students across New Zealand. Students assume the roles of ‘Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)’, representing  a political party and a Member State (MS) country. Delegates then work with members of their own party and those with similar interests to form a position on the various issues and find the best outcome to dealing with the crisis. Debate takes place in Committee session over 2 days and culminates in a Plenary Session at the end of the second day when Delegates attempt to accept a new Directive.

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Registrations for the 2020 event have now closed.


The events in this LINK were organised with the help of the “Model EU in Schools” grant 2014-2017.

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