2019: Combating Climate Change

2019 Policy Corner Essay Competition at Sciences Po Paris

The prevention and effects of climate change will and are affecting multiple policy areas. Fiscal policymakers flirt with carbon taxation, emission credits and green tax reform, while movements in transport policy consider sustainable biofuels, diesel bans and congestion charges. Future shifts in global migration stemming from extreme weather conditions worry human rights and development experts, as the tech sector scratches its head, still looking for “the” digital solution. Global cooperation and new forms of concerted action are needed now more than ever, yet previous international diplomatic formats – such as Kyoto and Paris – despite their best attempts, have not proven sufficient. Global governance solutions are becoming increasingly vital from all sides in the face of the ticking climate clock and we want to hear from you.

We would like to hear your thoughts, ideas and solutions in an original 800-1000 word policy paper on: “Combating Climate Change: Towards Global Governance Solutions”. By submitting your paper, you would be competing for the chance to have your article published by the Policy Corner. Note that the topic must discuss a future challenge posed by climate change and suggest potentially actionable and innovative solutions.


The competition winner will be invited to participate in a panel discussion at Sciences Po with renowned experts on the subject. Moreover, the top articles will be published on policycorner.org. More information on the event and prizes is forthcoming.

The following prize packs have been kindly donated by leading industry representatives to spur on your submissions:

European Climate Foundation (ECF): Fully-funded trip (travel, food and accomodation) to Brussels to visit ECF headquarters and network with senior ECF staff, attend an ECF conference and/or shadowing a ‘day-in-the-life’ of an senior ECF executive (date dependent)

Earth5R: Fully-funded scholarship to participate in EARTH5R’s Leadership Program in Sustainability & Climate Change (LPSCC) program

Young Climate Leaders: Professional development coaching session with YCL professionals; CV/profile assessment; introduction to YCL network

Le Monde: Article read including feedback by members of Le Monde’s environmental team

Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI): Invitation to IDDRI conference and networking event

Le Monde: Article read including feedback by members of Le Monde’s environmental team

Le Monde: Article read including feedback by members of Le Monde’s environmental team.


Please note that this competition is only open for current Sciences Po Paris students bachelor, master and exchange, with a valid certification of enrollment in the spring semester of academic year 2018/2019.


The deadline for submission is: March 10th, 2019. Submissions should be sent via email to paris@policycorner.org in  either .doc or .docx formats. In order to submit the best article possible,  please familiarise yourself with our submission requirements and the format of articles on the Policy Corner website. Please note that we only accept and publish articles which conform to these criteria. Submission emails should include the following information, not appearing on the paper itself:

Your name

Title and word count of your document

Your age

Your current location

Your program at Sciences Po and your student number (if selected, it is possible we will request a valid certificate of enrollment)

Information on your age, name, and location will neither be shared with the review team nor with the jury.

To ensure the quality of published texts, the selected essays will go through an editorial procedure and authors may be asked to adapt their essays before publication.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch via paris@policycorner.org