Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Friday, October 1, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:30am


MCC UN Office Global Student Seminar, "Climate Change, Conflict, and Peacebuilding", held virtually September 30th and October 1st, 2021 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am (Eastern Time)


This seminar will engage a global audience of young adults, and is co-sponsored by the MCC UN Office and Mennonite World Conference.

The application to attend the 2021 MCC UN Office Global Student Seminar is here!


Climate change impacts all of us and is a threat to peace in our world. UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Assistant Secretary General Miroslav Jenča said:

Record temperatures, unprecedented sea levels and frequent extreme weather events paint a dangerous future for the planet and for humanity. The environment suffers and people suffer. As lives and livelihoods are threatened, resource competition increases and communities are displaced. The climate emergency is a danger to peace.

Mennonite Central Committee is present in many of the communities hardest hit by climate change and conflict. 

In this online, two-day, five-hour seminar, students from across the world will:

  • Explore the intersection of climate change, conflict, and peacebuilding
  • Learn from leaders engaging these issues from the fields of UN diplomacy, grassroots organizing, international NGOs, racial justice, and church/religion
  • Engage a mix of plenary sessions, small groups, and mini-seminars offering high interaction with experts
  • Learn about the work of the UN and about MCC and faith-based advocacy
  • Connect and learn from young adults from all over the world
  • Apply learnings to their own context

** The 2021 online seminar will consist of two sessions:

September 30th, 9:00 am – 11:30 am and

October 1st, 9:00 am – 11:30 am (Eastern Time). 

The time has been chosen to accommodate a global audience. Students are required to attend both sessions.


The 2020 student seminar "Tackling the Global Inequality Pandemic" 



Participant/application guidelines

Priority will be given to students from Anabaptist-related schools in Canada/U.S., MCC global service learning alumni living in countries outside of Canada/U.S., and candidates connected with Mennonite World Conference. Applicants must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be an undergraduate or graduate student from a U.S. or Canadian school or MCC summer service alum OR;
  • Be a young adult based outside the U.S. and Canada between the ages of 18 and 35
  • Possess at least undergraduate level English 
  • Be passionate about issues surrounding climate change, conflict, and peacebuilding in the context of Christian faith

Leadership Opportunities

Seminar candidates can also apply to be a member of the Global Seminar cohort. Cohort members will engage more deeply during and after the seminar, and receive a scholarship. Get more information here.

More information:

For more information about this seminar, please e-mail Derek Lee at

Application deadline: September 15th, 2021

Application: Online Registration Here

Registration cost: Registration cost: $20 USD from accepted participants, grants available for non-U.S./Canada based students. Global Seminar Cohort members will also receive grants to cover registration costs.

Application process: After applying you will receive a confirmation email. Spots are limited and applications will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis. If your application is approved, you will receive instructions of how to register and pay the $20 USD seminar payment. U.S. and Canada students should contact their school regarding scholarship possibilities.