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


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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