UN HQ NY Conference & Exhibit 2023 

Co-Creating the Future through Localization of the SDGs, Youth Engagement & Digital Innovation

13 September, 2 – 5 PM & 14 September 2023, 10 AM – 1 PM ET 

United Nations Headquarters New York, Conference Room 11

With live and on-demand web-broadcast on UN WebTV

11th to 15th September 2023, Exhibit at the Curved wall exhibit space, 1st floor, UN Conference Building, NYC

Registration: link (please note: deadline for on-site participation registration: Monday 11th September noon EDT for UN security procedures)

This event serves as a space to spotlight the unique and innovative ways for youth led creativity and entrepreneurship to spur global and local change and to highlight the enabling role of digital innovation for the localization of the SDGs.  

The Conference will include a Youth Empowerment exhibition, a 2-day conference, and a reception.



Event Objectives: 

The primary objective of the sessions are to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through localization and climate action at the UN SDG Summit 2023, the UN Climate Summit COP28 and to the UN Summit of the Future 2024. (hashtags:   #GloCha   #Youth2030Cities   #Digital4Youth) 

Specific aims are, 

  1. to present examples of youth localization of the SDGs globally, building on programmes such as Youth 2030 Cities, Climate Changemaker and  the One Stop and Integr-Habitat Centres. 
  2. to present, in the context of the SDG Summit 2023, the open-source, white labelled, citizens and youth focused, web3 technology powered Individual SDGs and climate action app (which is being developed in the framework of the #GloCha #Digital4Youth partnership), as a systemic solution for accelerated SDGs implementation, which is going to be adjustable to specific global goals programs and local circumstances and can be used and individually branded by UN agencies, local authorities as well as civil society organisations for the measurement, reporting, verification, certification and incentivization/gamification of individual SDG action and impact (more info in the box below)
  3. to present the  Global Youth DeclarAction on Urban Sustainability adopted at the UN-Habitat World Urban Youth Assembly in June of 2022,  and create “Local Pacts for the Future”, which will empower global citizens, especially young people, and articulate their vision of a sustainable urban . Such “Local pacts for the future” will add a citizens engagement avenue to the UN Summit of the Future 2024, which has as its main planned outcome a heads of states level Pact for the Future.

Agenda / Session Overview (as of 9th September 2023)

Welcome Session and Thematic Introduction13 Sept 14.00-14.45Welcome by the organizers and partners
Thematic introduction
Esther Muiruri, Local2030 Coalition Steering Committee
Miroslav Polzer, IAAI GloCha 
Doug Ragan, UN Habitat 
Ali Mustafa, International Youth Conference 
Thematic introductions:
Leah Namugerwa, Climate Changemaker, Leah Initiative
Representatives of missions
Jerry Glenn, The Millennium ProjectThe future of global governance (virtual)
Alexandre Caldas, Balikesir Environmental Centre, UN Environment (virtual)
Session 113 Sept 14.45-15.30Youth and SDGs localization Session
Gwendolyn Myers, Founder and Executive Director, Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia

– Roi Chiti, UN Habitat Andean Countries Hub
– Daniel Obst – AFS Intercultural Program
– youth representative
– Hossein Hassani, IAAI GloCha, Challenges Mapping App for citizens engagement in just energy transition (virtual)
Edward Darling, The Life Map (virtual)
– Ljubljana Forum on the Future of Cities (virtual)
Session 213 Sept 15.30-17.0Digital Innovation /  Blockchain4Climate / DigitalArt4Climate session

Presentation of Web3 Technologies and Digital Tools for the Empowerment of Youth Focused Local SDG action
Presentation of the COP28 Digital Innovation Pavilion

Launch of the Call for Submissions for the DigitalArt4Climate COP28 Art Competition 
Launch of the CCC & GYDI COP28 Digital Innovation youth delegate program Call for applications
Miroslav Polzer, IAAI GloCha & CCC
– Mat Yarger, Web3 Technology and its potentials for citizens’ and youth climate action empowerment
– Nena Dokuzov, Ministry of the Economy, Tourism and Sport (virtual)
– Oscar Wendel, Dubai World Trade Center, Future Blockchain Summit
– Tadej Slapnik, World Metaverse Council
– Alexey Shadrin, Climate Chain Coalition & Evercity
– Tim Damon, Global Youth Development Institute – CCC & GYDI COP28 Digital Innovation youth delegate program (virtual)
– Trang Fernandez Leenknecht
– Sol Moran Broza, Be1
– Mack Okubo, Music4SDGs & DigitalArt4Climate 
– Mo Ghoneim, ArtsHelp (tbc)
– Sandra Ro, Global Blockchain Business Council BC100+ Initiative https://bc100plus.org/ (tbc)
Exhibition event &  Reception 13 Sept18.15 – 20.00Reception & Exhibition Presentation
venue: UN Conference Building, 1st floor, Curved Wall space
Session 314 Sept 10.00-11.30Youth, Sports, Creativity, and Innovation Session Moderator: UN Habitat
– UN Environment – World Environment Situation Room Youth engagement program 
– UN Habitat Andean Countries Hub
– Climate Changemakers Program Partners
– Ministry of Youth and Sport, Government of Türkiye (tbc)
– Christina Stevens, IAAI: GloCha CoCreation Festival 2024 
– Amy Seidman, Noble Profit & BFlo Technology, SDG Action Heroes
Session 414 Sept 11.30-12.30DeclarActions – Local Pacts for the Future session
(How can we bring local/youth voices to the UN Summit of the Future 2024?)
– UN Habitat DeclarActions initiative
– IAAI: UNFCCC Global Climate Action Data platform aligned coordinates system and global reporting framework for individual climate action & and local level global challenges pacts 
– youth perspectives
Session 512.30 – 13.00Closing session


The “Localization of SDGs, Youth and Digital Innovation” exhibition will be on display in the curved-wall exhibition space at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, from September 7th to the 15th,  preceding the UN General Assembly High Level Week 2023. 


The Localization of the SDGs, Youth & Digital Innovation UN HQ NY Conference and Exhibit 2023 is a joint initiative of the UN-Habitat, UNEP, theMunicipality of Balikesir and the UN accredited civil society organisation IAAI GloCha.

With this event the organizers bring to the UN community a number of programmes and initiatives (especially the Climate Changemakers initiative, the One Stop Youth and Integr-Habitat Centres, DigitalArt4Climate and GloCha) that collectively advance the implementation of SDGs on local level and fight against climate change by and for yout. 

The Young Climate Changemaker initiative joins forces with the Balıkesir Environmental Centre, formerly known as the World Environmental Situation Centre (WESC), to foster a generation of environmentally conscious leaders. This collaboration leverages the Balıkesir Environmental Centre’s expertise as a data, information, and knowledge hub to emphasize the significance of early warning systems, as exemplified by the recent tragic Turkish earthquake, in safeguarding vulnerable communities from disasters induced by climate change. By learning from the lessons of the Turkish earthquake, this partnership underscores the pivotal role of early warning systems in advancing sustainable development and resilience, equipping young climate changemakers with crucial insights and tools to address climate-related challenges effectively and protect both lives and livelihoods.

UN-Habitat’s One Stop Youth and Integr-Habitat Centres play critical roles in UN-Habitat’s mission to address urbanization challenges and promote sustainable development. The One Stop Youth Resource Centres empower urban youth through education, vocational training, and community engagement, fostering a sense of belonging. Integr-Habitat Centres, on the other hand, focus on collaborative urban development planning involving multiple stakeholders. By linking these initiatives, UN-Habitat can harness the energy of young people to actively participate in sustainable urban development efforts, ensuring their voices are heard and integrated into comprehensive urban development plans. This synergy leads to more inclusive and effective urban development strategies, creating a stronger sense of community and shared responsibility for the future of cities.

IAAI is a youth focused entrepreneurial civil society organisation, based in Austria, which aims to build the intellectual, technical and organisational infrastructure for multi-stakeholder climate action and sustainable development goals implementation on local and global level with the multi-stakeholder partnership GloCha

In addition to the GloCha Challenges Mapping tool/app for citizens engagement in Just Energy Transition, which is being developed by IAAI in the context of the EU INTERREG Central Europe project JETforCE, a leading initiative in the #Digital4Youth partnership is the DigitalArt4Climate initiative, which has been presented recently at the SDGs learning special event of the UN HLPF 2023 (slides, video). At the event, the “DigitalArt4Climate COP28 Edition Call for Submissions” will be launched and inspiring artwork and stories of artists will be exhibited at the exhibit at the Curved Wall space of UN HQ NY Conference building ground floor. 

IAAI GloCha, together with its #Digital4Youth lead partner, the Climate Chain Coalition, is is accredited also to the UNFCCC process and is going to convey the outcomes of the NY event to the UN Climate Conference COP28 in December 2023 in Dubai at the IAAI & CCC COP28 Blue Zone Digital innovation Pavilion and at the Slovenian EXPO City Dubai pavilion in the COP28 Green Zone. 

Link to our UN HQ NY conference & exhibit  in 2022: https://www.glocha.org/digitalinnovation4youth-unhqny/ 

The development of the Individual SDGs and climate action app meets a systemic need of the UN system in the field of all of society engagement for effective SDGs implementation. The initiative builds on the learnings of several UN agencies and global goals focused non-state actors (like e.g. the AWorld ActNow Campaign app and the UN Habitat SDGs Scorecard app), while harnessing new functionalities, enabled by Web3 technologies. The app is going to be developed by the #Digital4Youth consortium/partnership, led by IAAI GloCha, the Climate Chain Coalition and UN Habitat Youth program. ON 12th of September there will be a workshop for potential partners of the #Digital4Youth partnership where an action plan and terms of reference for the collaboration will be defined.The app is being developed as a global digital public infrastructure/ecosystem, a a key element of a set of next generation, interoperable digital tools, which are using Web3/blockchain technologies and advanced data science (digital identity management, youth climate action reporting framework, digital measurement-reporting-verification, crowd-evaluation, impact certification, global challenges action registry; (NFT) marketplace, participatory multilevel governance tools, digital finance, metaverse/VR/AR solutions, data collection/citizen science, education, gamification, ….) for effective and entertaining youth and citizens’ engagement and empowerment in local SDGs implementation. The initiative for the development of the Individual SDGs and climate action app is going to be registered on the SDG Summit Acceleration and Accountability Platform and put forward for recognition as a “Transformative Action” within the “Inclusive and Responsible Digital Public Infrastructure for SDGs” pillar of the High Impact initiatives of the UN SDGs Summit 2023


Miroslav Polzer, executive director of the International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges, polzer@glocha.info, tel. (WhatsApp): +43 664 4203648

Doug Ragan, UN Habitat Youth Programme, douglas.ragan@un.org

Workshop for the Formation of the GloCha Center Klagenfurt – Ljubljana – Dubai & INTERREG AT-SI Project Preparation

Research, Digital Innovation, Culture and Gamification for a better world

Klagenfurt am Wörthersee/Austria, 19th of January 2023, 9.00 – 20.00h CET (virtual participation possible during workshop part of the program 10 AM – 1 PM)

Registration: link


The Klagenfurt based, UN accredited, international association IAAI (director: Miroslav Polzer) is planning to set up with partners in Austria, Slovenia and UAE a GloCha competence center on digital innovation and climate action empowerment in the context of its global challenges action empowerment ecosystem GloCha (link to draft concept note).

The center shall

  • bring together research, technology development and educational competences in the field of emerging technologies (with a focus on Web 3.0 & blockchain technology) of the Alps-Adriatic region and beyond (starting with the membership of the Climate Chain Coalition)
  • serve as a meeting place for youth from around the world working on knowledge-based solutions to global challenges in the context of United Nations programs and global goals/SDGs, and
  • deliver digital solutions and services for energy transition, (micro) climate entrepreneurship and climate action gamification based on innovative multi-factor carbon credits schemes
  • support local and subnational authorities in the implementation of their decarbonization goals (like e.g. the city of Klagenfurt as well as other EU Mission Cities and the state of Carinthia)
  • support on a global level non-state actors (especially citizens/youth) climate action empowerment in the context of the EU Climate Pact and the UNFCCC Action for Climate Empowerment programme

Goals of the workshop

Agenda overview:

09.00 – 09.00 – Press conference

10.00 – 13.00 – Workshop

13.30 – 15.00 – Lunch (Villa Lido restaurant at Lake Wörthersee)

15.30 – 16.00 – Site visit I: potential location(s) of the center

16.00 – 16.30 – Site visit II Lakeside STI Park with Educational lab

18.00 – 20.00 – GloCha reception 2023 & Presentation of the DigitalArt4Climate exhibit

Agenda – Detailed plan:

10.00                    Workshop – The GloCha Research, technology development & Culture Center on Digital Innovation and Climate Action Empowerment, Klagenfurt (programs, partnerships, organization, funding and outreach)

10.00 – 10.05      Welcome by Miroslav Polzer, IAAI GloCha & Tom Baumann, Climate Chain Coalition (pre-recorded video) (2-3 min each)

10.05 – 10.15      Tour de table – brief personal introduction of workshop participants

10.15 – 10.30      Presentation dr. Wolfgang Hafner, City of Klagenfurt, The Climate action strategy of the City of Klagenfurt in the context of the EU Mission Cities programme + info about Innovation system in Carinthia (esp. Lakeside STI Park Klagenfurt) (10 min)

10.30 – 11.00      Presentation of initial ideas and programs for the “GloCha RTDI & Culture Center for Digital Innovation and Climate Action Empowerment Klagenfurt – Ljubljana – Dubai” (see Annex below) – 30 min

11.00 – 11.30      Project proposal preparation for an EU INTERREG Austria-Slovenia project “With Digital Innovation and Culture towards Climate neutral cities and citizens

11.30 – 12.00      Funding options and taxation aspects

  • public funding programs in Austria (COMET projects) & EU (Horizon, INTERREG, European Research Infrastructures, ..)
  • Tokenization (GloCha Tech GesmbH) in addition to investment of public authorities, foundations and other institutional public good focused organizations, individuals can become fractional (micro share) co-owners by buying “Building stones” of the center
  • DigitalArt4Climate NFTs sales (https://dafc.unique.network)
  • Citizens Climate Action NFTs Certification DAO ICO
  • Future Carbon/SDGs credits sales based on citizen/youth climate action enabled with GloCha programs
  • DigitalArt4Climate/voluntary Carbon footprint compensation Cryptostamps
  • blockchain based sustainability linked bonds,
  • tax deductible donations

12.00 – 12.30      GloCha Center Consortium formation with a particular focus on the City of Klagenfurt, Slovenia (with its EXPO City Dubai pavilion, MetaCOP & IRCAI) and UAE (DWTC/GITEX,  WGEO, SUSTEX, Haqq Association)

12.30 – 13.00      Event timeline for 2023:


Dr. Miroslav Polzer, executive director IAAI, CEO GloCha Tech gesmbH, polzer@glocha.info,  tel: +436644203648, www.glocha.info, https://digitalart4climate.space/ https://action4climate.support/ 

Annex 1:  Initial ideas and programs for the “GloCha RTDI & Culture Center for Digital Innovation and Climate Action Empowerment Klagenfurt – Ljubljana – Dubai”

  • identification, analysis and promotion of digital innovation solutions for climate action empowerment (focus on Web3.0/Blockchain) (GloCha product 1: Digital Innovation pavilion at COPs) and MetaCOP – COP in the metaverse
    • citizen / youth focused climate action certification (based on above mentioned tools: digital identities, digital measurement, reporting and verification (dMRV), global challenges action registry, Impact crowd-evaluation based on Challenges Mapping methodology and tools – research project proposal in the context of the 15th Call of the Austrian Climate Action Research Programme and creation of multi-factor carbon credits/SDGs credits for voluntary carbon markets based on citizens’/youth climate action
    • (micro) climate entrepreneurship business models and tools (e.g. climate action and impact NFTs marketplace)
    • GloCha Games (knowledge and impact focused gamification of citizens’ climate action)
  • Collaborative Data science, Software Development and Impact Standards Work
    • Data science (Climate action reporting language with ontologies,taxonomies, etc.)

Climate/SDGs action impact standards development based on experimental research

Media Advisory – Announcement of United Citizens Organization Formation at COP26

United Citizens Organization – A Decentralised Solution for Youth Led Climate Action

On Wednesday 10th November 2021, GloCha (Global Challenges Action Empowerment Consortium) launched United Citizens Organization (UCO), a quasi-international organization aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offering a decentralised and blockchain based solution to empower and deliver youth led climate action.

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.

Founded by Miroslav Polzer, CEO of IAAI, an organisation which is an accredited as Observer of the UNFCCC, UCO in the true spirit of SDG17 brings together a wide range of partners from both the public and private sectors including UN Habitat Youth, Climate Chain Coalition (CCC), Global Youth Development Institute (GYDI), Education Communication and Outreach Stakeholder (ECOS), PHGG, APCD Chad, Arts Help, Unique Network, The Oblique Life, CoinTelegraphThe UCO’s roadmap has set ambitious targets for 2022, including publication of a white paper in late February 2022, development of a blockchain based Decentralised Autonomous Organization (DAO) and marketplace and a series of climate action awareness events across the world with Digital Art for Climate.




DigitalArt4Climate Winners presented at COP26

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/).

Official video here. For press here.

Digital Innovation Community / Climate Chain Coalition @ COP26

For the Climate Chain Coalition the COP26 – UN Climate Change Conference has been a wonderful opportunity to present ourselves as the leading multi-stakeholder partnership in the field of #blockchain4climate.

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

Video of the CCC COP26 press conference, held 9th of November 2021 (with Miroslav Polzer Denby McDonnell Alexey Shadrin Juan David Duran Hernandez Katherine Foster Tia Kansara Ph.D. Hon FRIBA Romi Sumaria Neil Cohn Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr)
Climate Chain Coalition presenting at the #COP26 #UNGlobalInnovationHub their visions and concrete solutions for systemic change for effective climate action, enabled by blockchain technology:

Welcome: Massamba Thioye
Moderator: Miroslav Polzer
Panelists: • Tia Kansara Ph.D. Hon FRIBA, Replenish Earth and Resilience Frontiers • Owen Hewlett, CTO, Gold Standard (focus on nextgen MRV system) • Neil Cohn, VP, Chia Network • Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr, CointelegraphKatherine Foster, Open Earth Foundation & Social Alpha FoundationRomi Sumaria, The Oblique LifeDenby McDonnell Blockchain for Climate

Milan 2021 Youth Climate Action Celebration #DigitalArt4Climate #GloCha #All4Climate

#DigitalArt4Climate Milan 2021 Youth Climate Action Celebration

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In cooperation with

Event Aims

Day 1: 27th of September 3 – 6 PM CEST

Venue: Viale dell’Innovazione, 2, 20126 Milano

  • youth climate action innovation panel
  • NFTs for Climate – Climate action as a digital badges collection game panel
  • Milan 2021 DigitalArt4Climate event badge (NFT) airdrop (=free distribution to event participants)
  • networking meeting with local digital art & climate action leaders

Day 2: 28 September 2021 3 – 5 PM CEST

Venue: MEET Digital Culture Center Milan & virtual participation through various platforms including Youtube and Facebook

  • Presentation of the DigitalArt4Climate initiative
  • Creative Industries for Climate Panel I – Visual Arts & Fashion
  • Creative Industries for Climate Panel II – Music
  • Event NFT airdrop


COP26, ACE, ACE_AT, IAAI & ECOS:  https://unfccc.int/news/action-for-climate-empowerment-new-drive-for-society-wide-climate-action

Why Milan?: Italian COP26 co-presidency Pre-COP youth event in Milan and All4Climate campaign context

DigitalArt4Climate: resource mobilization innovation for ACE, spin-off initiative of ACE_AT project – rooted also in the Digital Innovation Community in the context of the UNFCCC process – and DA4C beneficiaries.

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.

Detailed Agenda:

Agenda Day 1 – Monday, 27th of September 3 – 6 PM CEST

link to live broadcast: https://youtu.be/oHtlBDxjnAM

Venue: Viale dell’Innovazione, 2, 20126 Milano on-site participation capacity of the venue is limited because of COVID, please write an email to polzer@glocha.info if you would like attend in person

  • Welcome (host: Antonio Campagnoli, moderators) (5 minutes)
  • Youth climate action innovation panel
    • Timothy Damon, youth climate action movement leader & Education, Communication and Outreach Stakeholders Community/ECOS
    • John Crowley – former director of the UNESCO Management Social Transformations Programme
  • (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)
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  • Conversation with the artists who created the DigitalArt4Climate Global Angel: Theofilos Mantzoros (Greece) and Roger Haus (Switzerland)
  • Networking meeting with local and international digital art & climate action leaders

            Agenda Day 2:  28 September 2021 3 – 5 PM CEST        

link to live broadcast: https://youtu.be/BLmEyiS0fhQ

Venue: MEET Digital Culture Center Milan , https://goo.gl/maps/SdBodiqCdwHoMpn27

on-site participation capacity of the venue is limited because of COVID, please write an email to polzer@glocha.info if you would like attend in person

  • Introduction: videos & images from Pre-COP Youth event & from DA4C Day 1 event  (5 min)
  • Presentation of the DigitalArt4Climate initiative (lead presenters: Anna Dart, ExquisiteWorkers & Irina Karagyaur, Unique Network & partners’ statements, potentially also DA4C Designathon winning team voice) (15 minutes)
  • Creative Industries for Climate Panel I – Visual Arts & Fashion (45 minutes)

Panel moderator: Liliana Carrillo, UNESCO Creative cities network, Social Digital Innovation Expert

Digital Art keynote: Refik Anadol,: Digital art/artists and their potentials for doing good


·         Creative Industries for Climate Panel II – Music (20 minutes)

  • Ricky Kej, Grammy award winning musician, UN goodwill ambassador and GloCha partner (Earth Music Awards)
  • DA4C Milan 2021 event badge airdrop
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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.

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The main task of the non-party stakeholder partners of ACE_AT IAAI & ECOS is to develop the plan for a self-sustaining ACE non-Party stakeholders support structure/office (potentially in the institutional setting of a quasi-international Organization as offered by Austrian legal system: https://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/european-foreign-policy/international-organisations-in-austria/ngos-and-quasi-international-organizations/) with a corresponding business plan, resource mobilization innovation and digital tools and a digital global ACE platform (more information: https://action4climate.support/2021/03/29/ace_at-rethinking-and-reorganizing-action-for-climate-empowerment-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/

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References (related events and initiatives organized by IAAI GloCha in the past):


Miroslav Polzer, polzer@glocha.info, https://digitalart4climate.space/

DigitalArt4Climate Art Competition Launch & IYD Commemoration 12 August 4-6 PM CEST

Thursday August 12th  2021  4-6 PM CEST

Live & On-demand on UN WebTV webtv.un.org/   www.youtube.com/user/iaaiglocha   www.facebook.com/unhabitatyouth

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

  • Miroslav Polzer IAAI GloCha – Systemic Solutions for Youth Climate Action Empowerment (ACE_AT, IAAI COP26 pavilion, DigitalArt4Climate, DigitalArt4Climate/ACE marketplace, ACE Youth Fund)
  • Doug Ragan, UN Habitat Youth Programme & The World Environment Situation Room Youth Engagement Programme
  • Emmanuel Tachie-Obeng, Deputy Director Climate Change EPA Ghana & UNFCCC ACE National Focal Point in Ghana –  Action for Climate Empowerment Innovation for and with youth in Ghana/Africa

Part 2 – DigitalArt4Climate Art Competition Launch by UN Habitat Youth Programme, IAAI GloCha and the Consortium Partners

Launch of the DigitalArt4Climate Art Competition: Themes, terms, conditions and submission process (visit https://digitalart4climate.space/ for more info)

Questions and Answers Session and Closing

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. Text Box: https://www.un.org/en/observances/youth-day

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 

UN Habitat, IAAI and GloCha  Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) flagship initiatives: – Action for Climate Empowerment Innovation project ACE_AT www.action4climate.support/https://unfccc.int/news/action-for-climate-empowerment-new-drive-for-society-wide-climate-action
– ACE & Digital Innovation pavilion at the UN Climate Change conference COP26 in November 2021 in Glasgow,
– the World Environment Situation Room youth engagement programme www.wesr.unep.org/citizen  

Contact:          polzer@glocha.info, +43 664 4203648, www.linkedin.com/in/miropolzer/  https://digitalart4climate.space/

DigitalArt4Climate Designathon

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 and Action 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.

What: Crowdsourcing of design and software solutions for a digital collectibles /NFTs platform and app in the context of the all of society climate action empowerment initiative #DigitalArt4Climate, which is using blockchain technology based digital collectibles (non-fungible tokens/NFTs), to document, tokenize, trade and gamify contributions to local and global climate action empowerment in the context and in support of the Action for Climate Empowerment program of the United Nations  (links to further information: https://www.glocha.org/digitalart4climate/ & Video on demand of the first presentation of the initiative 4th of June 2021 in the context of the World Environment Day 2021: https://youtu.be/SsgTJqfeByI?t=3262)

Aims of the Designathon:   

(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   

(2) Development of Front-end software solutions for the DigitalArt4Climate initiative, built on the backend of the technical ecosystem of the Unique network NFT platform for the Polkadot and Kusama proof-of-stake blockchain ecosystem (Tech details: https://unique-network.readthedocs.io/en/latest/

(3) forming a community of design and software solutions providers, who will work with the #DigitalArt4Climate consortium on implementation of the identified solutions and designs 

Who(Organizer)The designathon is being organized by the Austria based UN accredited civil society organization International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges IAAI GloCha in partnership with the UN Habitat Youth Programme (=Lead UN Partner of the initiative), Unique Network NFT Platform (Tech Partner), Exquisite Workers (Creative Community Partner), Hubzine Italy, Palette69/Boolien (UX/UI Design partner) and Social Alpha Foundation.
Who(Participants)UX UI designer, web designer, digital market place designersindividuals and teams

Website/Landing Page: https://www.glocha.org/digitalart4climate-designathon/


  • 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)

Registration:   https://forms.gle/HXceHwhJXpdca9gx5

Designathon Communication: Discord (link will be shared upon completed registration)


  • Sustainability
  • Scalability
  • Technical Applicability
  • Implementability
  • Accessibility



DigitalArt4Climate Virtual Exhibit in the Context of the UN High Level Political Forum 2021


DigitalArt4Climate elements and timeline:

  • 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

DigitalArt4Climate Partners:

InstitutionRole 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
 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
Unique Network NFT platform https://unique.network/Lead Tech partner :
–   NFTs minting –   Smart contracts –   Gallery https://whitelabel.market/#/all-tokens –   Marketplace https://whitelabel.market/#/market –  online payments –   support in marketing and general communication (Discord channel) –   support in hackathon organization –  organization of events
Hubzine Italy
(Domenico Vito)
Co-ordinator hackathon 14-21 July
Lead local partner for activities in the context of the Pre-COP in Milan (end of September)
UN Habitat Youth programme https://www.unhabitatyouth.org/ https://wesr.unep.orgDigitalArt4Climate Lead UN Partner –   Outreach –   Events in UN context –   Local events with city partners –   Resource mobilization beneficiary (World Environment Situation Room youth engagement programme)
Excuisite Workers https://exquisiteworkers.com/Lead Creative Community partner – creative director of the DigitalArt4Climate initiative
Social Alpha Foundation https://www.socialalphafoundation.org/Philanthropy Partner

DigitalArt4Climate Marketplace Vision:

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#DigitalArt4Climate World Environment Day 2021 Webinar, Friday 4th of June 2021 3-5 PM CEST

#DigitalArt4ClimateHarnessing the Power of Culture and Technology for Action for Climate Empowerment

Webinar in the context of the World Environment Day 2021, the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, 2021 and the #All4Climate Event Series of the Italian Co-Presidency of the UN Climate Conference COP26

When: 4 th of June 2021 ● 3.00 – 5.00 PM CEST / 9.00 – 11.00 AM EDT

Where: Milan / Italy & Streamyard, https://www.youtube.com/user/iaaiglocha, fb

and live web-broadcast on UN WebTV http://webtv.un.org/


  • International Association for the Advancement of innovative Approaches to Global Challenges IAAI www.glocha.info
  • GloCha Global Challenges Foundation New York www.glocha.org

In cooperation with

The Challenge:

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.

Tentative Agenda:

Moderation: Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr, Cointelegraph


Thematic introductions

#DigitalArt4Climate Call Launch

  • 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

Future prospects

  • 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
  • ..

Contact:      dr. Miroslav Polzer, IAAI GloCha, www.glocha.info, polzer@glocha.info, +43 664 4203648, www.linkedin.com/in/miropolzer/  

Another #DigitalArt4Climate / #DigitalCollectibles4Climate resource mobilization for ACE
mechanism will be voluntary carbon footprint compensation cryptostamps/digital collectibles, which we are going to introduce as a tool for city and citizens level climate neutrality goals implementation (for more info see https://daringcities.org/program/with-blockchain-technology-and-digital-innovationtowards-
climate-neutral-cities-and-citizens/ & https://youtu.be/4w5twspoqFY?t=6585

recommended reading: Digital SDG Finance Bulletin May 2021: https://www.climatechaincoalition.io/digital-finance-2