Youth Climate Action Empowerment Innovation: The European Climate Pact and its Global Dimension (European Climate Pact Launch Satellite Event)

Presentation of social innovations, networks and digital tools for citizens’ engagement in climate neutrality goals implementation with a particular focus on youth climate action empowerment on local, European and global level in the context of the European Climate Pact, the Action for Climate Empowerment project ACEAT and the multi-stakeholder partnership GloCha.

When:              Friday 29th of January 2021, 15:00 to 17:00 h CET

Organiser:        IAAI International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges


Where? streamyard streaming platform with live and on-demand webcast on and &

Event Info

Citizens‘ engagement is a key prerequisite for successful implementation of global, regional, national and local climate neutrality goals. The European Climate Pact (which has been launched in December 2020) is a ground-breaking public sector innovation that aims to create an ecosystem and engagement opportunities for citizens and other non-state actors to make individual climate action pledges and thus to contribute in an action and impact oriented manner their passion, knowledge as well as other resources to the climate neutrality goals of the European Green Deal.

Fascinated by the innovation leadership of the European Climate Pact and convinced of its huge potentials for inspiring innovative approaches for the empowerment of non-state actors’ climate action on a global level, Miroslav Polzer, one of the first-generation EU Climate Pact ambassadors, initiated this European Climate Pact launch satellite event with a focus on Youth Climate Action Empowerment. The aim is to build bridges between the European Climate Pact and global youth/multi-stakeholder Climate Action Empowerment efforts in the context of the United Nations system and to connect digital innovation solution providers with the climate action community to develop concrete climate action apps & tools. (See reference: IAAI GloCha & Climate Chain Coalition ICLEI Daring Cities Forum 2020 side event „With Blockchain Technology and Digital Innovation Towards Climate Neutral Cities and Citizens“ (see video: This initiative of Miro Polzer/IAAI is part of the Action for Climate Empowerment project ACEAT, initiated, funded and coordinated by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, in collaboration with the UN Climate Change Secretariat as lead partner.

Speakers and Topics:

Miroslav Polzer, IAAI GloCha, European Climate Pact ambassador – Welcome and Thematic introduction

Joris Overmeer, European Commission, DG for Climate Action, Presentation of the European Climate Pact (link to slides of the presentation)

Marie Claire Graf, YOUNGO – The European Climate Pact & global youth climate action empowerment needs

Talieh Wögerbauer, National Focal Point for ACE, Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Ambassador for ACE for the UNFCCC – Presentation of the Action for Climate Empowerment innovation project ACEAT

Tim Damon, Climate Education, Communication and Outreach Stakeholders Community ECOS

Yunus Arikan, ICLEI – With Youth and with the European Climate Pact towards Climate Neutral Cities

Tom Baumann, ClimateCheck & Climate Chain Coalition – Digital innovation for climate action measurement, reporting and verification

Alexey Shadrin, & Climate Chain Coalition, Digital finance for climate action empowerment (e.g. cryptostamps & digital green bonds)

Miroslav Polzer – Presentation of the Action for Climate Empowerment research initiative #Knowledge4ACE, plans for ACEAT pilot initiatives and engagement opportunities


Ali Mustafa, Generation Next, UN Department for Global Communication Youth Steering Committee member, IAAI GloCha youth delegate to the UN in New York

Danaé Espinoza, Co-Founder of the Latin American & Caribbean Youth Climate Movement (CLIC!)

Minna Aslama Horowitz, researcher, educator University of Helsinki & St. John’s & vice president of IAAI

Stefan Wagner, City of Bonn/Department of International Affairs and Global Sustainability

Wiseman Mkhize, eThekwini Municipality/City of Durban & IAAI Representative in South Africa

Badin Borde, Siemens Stiftung

Raymond Van Ermen, European Partners for the Environment, #EUClimatePact ambassador


Celebration of the Third Anniversary of the Climate Chain Coalition with the Virtual Event „Building the Digital Infrastructure for Climate Action Empowerment“ 11 December 2020, 3-5 PM CET

CCC Online Event in Celebration of :

 5th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Paris Agreement

3rd Anniversary of the Climate Chain Coalition

1st Anniversary of the Digital Innovation Community

And for Charting the Road Ahead

Date: Friday, 11 December 2020, 3-5 PM CET

Virtual event platform: Streamyard with live webcast on youtube and facebook

Rationale and goals of the event

On 12th of December 2015 leaders of the countries of the world agreed at the United Nations Climate Change conference COP21 in Paris to strengthen the global collaborative response to the threat of climate change and to keep the global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and if possible, below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

5 years have passed since then and very much still needs to be done in order to get all of society engaged in a meaningful and rewarding manner in climate action.

An important enabler of climate action are emerging technologies, like e.g. blockchain technology, internet of things and artificial intelligence. 12th of December 2020 it will be the third anniversary of the inaugural meeting of the Climate Chain Coalition which has been set up in cooperation with the UN Climate Change secretariat ( with the aim to facilitate coordination, communication and collaboration of all relevant stakeholders in the field of blockchain technology deployment for enhanced multi-stakeholder climate action.

With this online event we are going to assess the status quo, the accomplishments and future challenges in building the data and digital innovation infrastructure for multi-stakeholder climate action and to envisage options for CCC to best contribute to scaled-up and effective use of digital innovation for enhanced climate action.

The thematic introductions of the first part of the virtual event will be concluded by a presentation of the Action for Climate Empowerment initiative ACEAT (a partnership initiative of the UN Climate Change secretariat, the Austrian Federal Ministry for climate action, ICLEI and CCC member IAAI) and its data and digital innovation infrastructure dimension.

In the second part of the event, CCC members (especially CCC team leaders) and CCC partners will provide insights in their work and plans, like eg. in the field of digital finance, climate action tracking and accounting, regional cooperation in Latin America and East Asia etc. and engage in collaborative planning of the work of the Climate Chain Coalition in the year 2021 and beyond.

Draft Agenda

Welcome by Tom Baumann, CCC co-chair

Thematic introductions – The many dimensions of the data and digital innovation for climate action challenge:

Julie Maupin, INATBA Chair, Harnessing the potentials of blockchain technology with good governance and multi-stakeholder collaboration – EU perspectives

Katherine Foster  – UN SG task force on digital finance & digital cooperation related presentation

Susan David Carevic , World Bank , Climate Warehouse – Catalyzing the Next Generation of
Climate Markets

Nena Dokuzov – Slovenian government, European Blockchain Partnership representative, The Slovenian blockchain strategy and plans for the Slovenian EU council presidency II/2021

ACEAT presentation:

Miroslav Polzer, IAAI & CCC, Talieh Wögerbauer, Austrian Federal Ministry for climate action – Presentation of the ACEAT initiative and its data & digital innovation infrastructure dimension

Presentation of CCC activities and partners (2nd hour)

Martin Wainstein, highlights of Open Climate Collabathon – Digital and Social Innovation for Climate Action Tracking and Accounting (5-10 minutes)

CCC team leaders presentations (5-10 minutes each)

East Asia Team – Neo Lin and Nick Manthey
o Latin American Countries Team – Juan David Durán Hernández
o Digital Finance Team – Alexey Shadrin
o Mitigation Team – Joseph Pallant
o Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets – CCC response – Jim Whitestone
o Amy Seidman

Closing remarks Event recap and outlook – Tom Baumann and Miroslav Polzer (5-10 minutes total)

UN Alliance of Civilizations‘ 2020 Youth Video Festival PLURAL+ IAAI GloCha Award winners presented


IAAI GloCha is happy and proud to be again a partner of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival

Friday 4th of December 2020 IAAI executive director Miroslav Polzer present the PLURAL+ IAAI GloCha Award 2020 winning video „Let the Music Begin!“ – a collaborative effort of a group of young people from Mexico: Ana Victoria Villanueva, Xose Pablo Flores, Monroy Brothers and Silvana, Carlo and Luciano Villanueva, who have won

Congratulations to our winners. We will connect soon to explore how we can include the video and the team in our work in 2021.
You can find a video of the PLURAL+ 2020 Award ceremony with all winning videos here

Note: Info about 2012 PLURAL+ IAAI GloCha Award winner