Launched at COP26, UCO is rooted in the Action for Climate Empowerment Innovation Project, or ACE_AT. The purpose of this organisation is to build a bridge between the public and private sector and allow more equitable and efficient resource mobilisation for young climate activists across the globe, empowering them and giving them a better opportunity to put their ideas into action.
The United Nations announced 2021 as the Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development to recognise the value of creativity as a powerful resource for sustainable development and climate action. DigitalArt4Climate in partnership with UN-Habitat is an initiative to accelerate that force. The DigitalArt4Climate is an unprecedented multi-stakeholder partnership initiative which uses blockchain technology to turn art into digital assets or NFTs, which can be collected and traded, thus opening up a socio-technological innovation space which helps to unlock extraordinary potential for resource mobilization and climate empowerment.
COP26 Collection „Humanity challenged by Climate Change“, exhibited in Glasgow, UK 2021.
Visit https://digitalart4climate.space/#rec374020001 to meet the finalists & winners & find yourself in the Metaverse by Artgence (https://digitalart4climate.gallery/).
IAAI GloCha is one of the co-founders of the Climate Chain Coalition and IAAI GloCha executive director Miroslav Polzer, who is also the strategic director of the CCC helped to organize an official CCC COP26 press conference and a session on Systemic Transformation with blockchain technology at the COP26 UNFCCC Global Innovation Hub
FIABCI Italia – IL PUNTO Real Estate Advisor srl – Campagnoli & Calvi Studio Legale – Lex CC
Inspiring public support for bold and effective climate action with youth focused narratives, inspiring artwork (DigitalArt4Climate and its Art Competition (submission deadline 8 Oct 2021)), music and celebrities’ engagement
With the event we are building a new narrative of hope and collaboration in light of the climate crisis. The event title provides a thematic framework: The Storm, the Haven and the Angel (themes that are also guiding the DigitalArt4Climate art competition). The Storm: uncertainties and fears in a rapidly changing world. The Haven: people/communities joining hands towards mastering the climate crisis and The Angel: the individual global citizen as the centre of a value and cultural shift towards empathy, solidarity, who creates with his/her individual climate action legacy (documented/certified with digital badges) the foundation for a good life for all.
Agenda Day 1 – Monday,27th of September 3 – 6 PM CEST
(Clean) NFTs for Climate – Climate action as a digital badges collection game panel
Digital Innovation keynote:Mario Taddei, academic, science communication expert, digital artist. Reinventing art, markets and global cooperation with NFTs/digital collectibles
Bruno Škvorc, Web3 Foundation – a brief general introduction to Web 3.0, Proof-of-Stake on Polkadot/Kusama (Clean NFTs), RMRK/Kanaria, as example of NFTs as enablers of innovation in the domains of art, governance, business, .., explanation regarding the handling of our DigitalArt4Climate Milan2021 event NFT drop
Irina Karagyaur, Unique Network, a NFT chain for Kusama and Polkadot, Essential Art Tools
Miroslav Polzer, IAAI GloCha – DigitalArt4Climate overview & NFTs for GloCha ACE support ecosystem & COP26 plans
Alexandre Gellert Paris, Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Unit, United Nations Climate Change Secretariat – UNFCCC (to be confirmed)
DigitalArt4Climate Milan 2021 event badge (NFT) airdrop (= free distribution to event participants)
About the Action for Climate Empowerment Innovation Project ACE_AT:
Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) is a term adopted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to denote work under Article 6 of the Convention (1992) and Article 12 of the Paris Agreement (2015). The over-arching goal of ACE is to empower all members of society to engage in climate action, through education, training, public awareness, public participation, public access to information, and international cooperation on these issues. (source: https://unfccc.int/topics/education-youth/the-big-picture/what-is-action-for-climate-empowerment)
The Project ACE_AT is a collaborative global effort towards strengthening Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) within and beyond the UNFCCC process. The goal is to empower all members of society to engage in Climate Action and to change the perception on ACE.
About DigitalArt4Climate: DigitalArt4Climate is a multi-stakeholder partnership initiative which uses blockchain technology to turn art into digital assets or NFTs, which can be collected and traded, thus opening up a socio-technological innovation space which helps to unlock extraordinary potential for resource mobilization and climate empowerment, which is being used to enable realization of youth focused ACE programs of IAAI GloCha and UN Habitat. https://digitalart4climate.space/
References (related events and initiatives organized by IAAI GloCha in the past):
In commemoration of the International Youth Day (IYD) 2021, the DigitalAr4Climate initiative celebrates and mainstreams meaningful and rewarding youth engagement in sustainable development goals implementation and launches its art competition as an innovative mechanism to engage the creative community and to mobilize resources for youth climate action empowerment in the run-up to the 2021 UN Climate Conference COP26.
Welcome by the Moderators:
Timothy Damon, Global Youth Development Institute, YOUNGO (UNFCCC Youth Constituency) ACE Working Group & ECOS (Climate Education, Communication and Outreach Stakeholders Community)
Quratulain Tejani, IAAI youth delegate to the UN HQ in NY, co-founder Generation Next Youth network
Part 1 – Action for Climate Empowerment flagship initiatives & Youth Climate Action Empowerment Needs
International Youth Day is celebrated annually on 12 August to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrate the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society.
International Youth Day (IYD) gives an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement.
DigitalArt4Climate is a multi-stakeholder partnership initiative which uses blockchain technology to turn art into digital assets or NFTs, which can be collected and traded, thus opening up a socio-technological innovation space which helps to unlock extraordinary potential for resource mobilization and climate empowerment. www.digitalart4climate.space/ – explanatory video: www. youtu.be/UObkHpLTjDk
DigitalArt4Climate is a multi-stakeholder partnership initiative which uses blockchain technology (non-fungible tokens/NFTs) to turn artwork into digital assets, which can be collected and traded, thus opening up a socio- technological innovation space which helps to unlock unprecedented potentials for resource mobilization in support of Sustainable Development Goals/ UN Agenda2030 implementation in general andAction for Climate Empowermentin particular.
Why a Designathon?
In order to design the initiative’s front-end solutions in a time efficient and attractive manner, the DigitalArt4Climate consortium decided to invite the „crowd“ of designers, software and game developers to help design – under the guidance of the DigitalArt4Climate Lead Technology Partner Unique Network NFT Platform, which provides the blockchain based back-end of the DigitalArt4Climate digital collectibles/NFTs solution and the Lead Creative Community partner of the DigitalArt4Climate initiative, Exquisite Workers – the user experience (UX)/user interface (UI) of the DigitalArt4Climate platform and app as well as easy to use software solutions for participating artists, collectors, the climate action community and the general public.
(1) Finding UX/UI (User experience/User interface) design solutions (the “look and feel”) for (a) a digital art collectibles/NFTs platform and app for artists, collectors, the public and (b) a #DigitalArt4Climate marketplace for digital art collectibles/NFTs trading, which is envisaged as some kind of foundation for a future Action for Climate Empowerment resource mobilization marketplace on which different types of contributions to local and global climate action empowerment (art, ideas, funding, volunteering, etc.) as well as verified climate action outcomes/impact will be presented and traded as unique digital collectibles/NFTs, thus enabling new forms of innovative climate related social entrepreneurship
monetary: 500 € for the best design solutions and 500 € for the best software solution
non-monetary: (1) participation in DigitalArt4Climate hackathon award ceremony on 12th of August (=launch of the DigitalArt4Climate Call for Art) and potentially also in future DigitalArt4Climate edutainment shows and (2) opportunity to work with DigitalArt4Climate consortium (especially Unique Network tech team on the implementation of the winning solutions and potential employment opportunities)
World Environment Day 2021 webinar (pre-launch of the initiative), 4th of June 2021 (please find detailed event information as well as a link to the video on demand on UN WebTV in this article below)
virtual exhibit (content: presentation of the aims, partners and activities of the initiative) in the context of the UN High Level Political Forum 2021, 6 – 18th of July (see virtual exhibit above, from 6th of July onwards)
virtual hackathon, 14 – 28 July, GOAL 1: Design the #digitalart4climate user Interface, bridge among unique network NFT platform backend and user devices ; GOAL 2: Design of an digitalart4climate gallery and market place (more info: www.glocha.org/digitalart4climate-hackathon)
launch of the DigitalArt4Climate contest and Call for contributions (to the competition/contest), 12th of August 2021 (International Youth day)
accompanying activity (timing to be determined): resource mobilization (auction of high profile art of digital artists (example of successful digital art for climate fundraising: CarbonDrop) or/and crowdfunding
for DigitalArt4Climate presence at COP26 (exhibit at ACE COP26 pavilion, see attachment, COP26 press conference, .. ) and
for DigitalArt4Climate / ACE marketplace development
30 September – DigitalArt4Climate exhibit and edutainment show in Milan/Italy in the context of the Pre-COP Youth event of the Italian co-presidency of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26
31st October – 12 November – DigitalArt4Climate exhibit and edutainment show at the IAAI Action for Climate Empowerment Innovation Space (pavilion) at the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow
Role in DigitalArt4Climate
– IAAI – International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges, Klagenfurt (Austria) – GloCha Global Challenges Foundation New York (501c3 public charity in the US) – GloCha Tech GesmbH, public benefit limited liability corporation, Klagenfurt
Co-ordinator: IAAI is the organizer of DigitalArt4Climate initiative, GloCha Fdt NY and GloCha Tech GesmbH will be used as institutional vehicles where tax deductability in the US and/or limited liability company structures will be needed
Paris Agreement implementation – a climate safe future – requires all of society engagement in climate action.
The UNFCCC Action for Climate Empowerment programme ACE is the governance innovation space for national governments and non-party stakeholders to find pathways towards all of society climate action empowerment. A key issue is lack of resources (reference: UNFCCC Future of ACE Options document)
The #DigitalArt4Climate / #DigitalCollectibles4Climate initiative recognises the value of artistic expressions (ideas/text, images, videos, music, …) as enabling resources for climate action. By means of transforming conventional art with the help of technology (enabled by blockchain technology) into digital assets (digital collectibles, non-fungible tokens NFTs) the potentials of art for climate action empowerment can be significantly increased. IAAI, as an associated partner of the Action for Climate Empowerment innovation project ACE_AT and as coordinator of the GloCha Global Challenges Action Empowerment consortium and its partners are planning to establish a mechanism/marketplace for climate related digital art through which auctions and other forms of value exchanges can be organised in order for ACE stakeholders, on all levels of society, to be equipped with the needed financial resources for their work and rewarded for well documented climate action and impact (=ACE marketplace, which has been called for by several stakeholders in the UNFCCC Future of ACE consultations, see above listed UNFCCC reference document).
During the DigitalArt4Climate webinar there will be launched a “Call for visual art for climate action empowerment” as an experiment on systemic Action for Climate Empowerment innovation with the transformative power of art and technology.
Talieh Wögerbauer, ACE ambassador for the UNFCCC & ACE national focal point, Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Republic of Austria – Action for Climate Empowerment Innovation
Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief, New York UNCTAD Office – The International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development 2021
Giselle Alers, Global Creative Economy Inc. and representative of IAAI at the UN HQ in NY The creative community and its underutilized potentials for local and global sustainable development action empowerment in times of post-COVID recovery
Miroslav Polzer – DigitalArt4Climate roadmap: GloCha Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) digital art gallery, DigitalArt4Climate/ACE marketplace, ACE edutainment and digital art auction shows & Call to action for artists and young software developers/game designers
Irina Karagyaur, Unique Network NFT Platform – Information about creation of low-carbon-footprint digital assets/digital collectibles/NFTs on the Kusama Proof-of-Stake blockchain
Domenico Vito, Climate Leader, Climate Reality EU Team Italy – Pre-announcement of a Youth hackathon for ACE marketplace development
Emmanuel Tachie-Obeng, Ghana Environmental Protection Agency and UNFCCC ACE Focal Point for Ghana – Action for Climate Empowerment Innovation for and with Youth in Ghana/Africa
Subnational governments and local authorities, local communities, youth networks
The ACE_AT & GloCha side event to the UN STI Forum 2021 is going to showcase systemic, knowledge-based solutions for the youth focused empowerment of climate action of citizens and communities developed by the UN ECOSOC, UN DGC and UNFCCC accredited NGO IAAI www.glocha.info and partners (see list of organizing partners).
Themes of the side event:
The Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) research project initiative Knowledge4ACE (= data and information management focussed applied research and multistakeholder climate action innovation system model development)
technological and non-technological solutions for global and local Action for Climate Empowerment, developed by the Global Challenges Action Network GloCha www.glocha.org and its links to the UN Digital Cooperation Agenda
Partnership with UN Habitat Youth Programme on “Climate Action Empowerment as a Service”
Resource Mobilization for Climate Action Innovation & Mass mobilization for climate action with the power of music
Miroslav Polzer, Executive director – IAAI, Chairperson – GloCha Ftd.NY, CEO – GloCha Tech GesmbH
Talieh Wögerbauer, Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action – ACE focal point, Republic of Austria, ACEAT project coord.
John Crowley, UNESCO Management of Social Transformation Program – Climate Action Empowerment through Knowledge
Doug Ragan, UN Habitat Youth Progamme – Youth Engagement in World Environment Situation Room w. UN Environment
Yunus Arikan, Local Governments for Sustainability ICLEI, Action for Climate Emppowerment Innovation for and with Cities
Tim Damon, Co-Focal ppint, Education, Communication and Outreach Stakeholders Community ECOS
Marie Claire Graf, Co-Focal Point, YOUNGO – Children & Youth Constituency – UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
Tom Baumann, Climate Chain Coalition, Data and Digital Innovation Infrastructure for Climate Action Empowerment
Katherine Foster, Open Earth Foundation – (Youth) Climate Action Tracking and Reporting
Alexey Shadrin, Evercity.io & Climate Chain Coalition – Digital Finance for Climate Action Empowerment
Jim Fournier, Tru.net – The next generation of purpose driven social networking
Eileen Doohan, GloCha Fdt NY, ClimateHacks.org
Ali Mustafa, GloCha Fdt NY / Generation Next Voice of Youth
Hawa Diallo, UN Department for Global Communications, Chief, Civil Society Engagement Unit
Tihomir Divjak and Blaž Golob, GoForesight Institute, Satellite based internet access and e-learning solutions for Africa
In order to strengthen ACE in global climate governance and in order to celebrate the return of the United States as party to the Paris Agreement, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action in collaboration with the UN Climate Change Secretariat, ECOS, ICLEI and GloCha’s partner organization IAAI organizes on Wednesday 28th of April 2021, 3-5 PM CEST / 9-11 EDT the webinar “Stepping Up Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE)” to celebrate and strengthen international collaboration towards all of society climate action in the context of the Earth Day 2021 Climate Summit convened by US President Joe Biden”.