ECOSOC Youth Forum 2024

IYC – GloCha – UN Habitat – UN Environment – AFS Side Event

Informal Youth Summit of the Future and Local Pacts for the Future –Pathways towards youth led transformative change

Photo: © Miro Polzer, @UN HQ NY, December 2011 in the context of preparations for the UN Rio+20 conference

„Informal Youth Summit of the Future and Local Pacts for the Future –Pathways towards youth led transformative change

Date and Time

17th of April 2024, 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Hybrid event: UN DGC Civil Society Resource Center, 801 First Avenue, UNITAR Building, 2nd Floor & Youtube IAAI GloCha Channel & IYC Channel & on UN WebTV


Event registration required for on-site participation:

Organized by


IAAI’s youth led partner organization IYC – International Youth Conference has developed at a side event to the UN Commission on Social Development CSocD62 (link to event report on the homepage of UN DESA: the proposal to organize an informal Youth Summit of the Future ahead of the official UN Summit of the Future in September 2024 as a forum for effective and inclusive youth participation in the work of the UN system, in line with SDG 16 – “.. build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”.

At the proposed side event the organizers aim to discuss the feasibility of this idea and organizational details with youth leaders from around the world which will participate in the ECOSOC Youth Forum 2024, with member states representatives and other stakeholders.

The plan for the informal Youth Summit of the Future is, to have a set of non-state actors’ led programs and events, clustered around the UN Summit of the Future, which shall lead to an action plan for transformative global governance innovation towards inclusive and action and impact oriented citizens’ and youth engagement and empowerment in global goals implementation:

  1. Youth capacity building, strategy and action plan development sessions in relation to the UN Summit of the Future and the UN Global Pact for the Future in the context of the 9th and 10th edition of the International Youth Conference
  2. Call for visual art, music videos and documentary videos about youth focused challenges, challenges communities and solutions, to be launched by IAAI GloCha early June 2024 (in the context of the World Environment Day 2024) and selection of winners at the GloCha CoCreation Festival at Lake Turnersee in Austria 3-9 September 2024
  3. Presentation of the IYC Youth Pact for the Future Action Plan, the GloCha CoCreation Festival Music and Art highlights and the Challenges Mapping and Local Pacts for the Future tool-set at the annual Youth, SDGs Localization and Digital Innovation conference of IAAI GloCha and UN Habitat at the UN HQ (planned for 19th of September 2024, to be confirmed) (link to past events: 2022, 2023)
  4. Ongoing collection and dissemination of user generated edutainment content and citizen science knowledge collaboration on local and global challenges and youth led challenges action through the GloCha Streaming TV platform

Info about “Local Pacts for the Future”:

“Local Pacts for the Future” are a multilevel governance innovation for multistakeholder SDGs action mobilization, developed by IAAI GloCha, which has been communicated to the UN Member States in the context of the Pact for the Future consultation ( lPoFs build on UN Habitat’s DeclarAction initiative. Link to the presentation on 𝗟𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗣𝗮𝗰𝘁𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗙𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 & 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗱𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗗𝗚𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗽𝗽: (slides) – (video)

Objectives of the side event, including relation with the SDGs identified in the Guidelines

With our side event we aim to provide concrete solutions for an inclusive and successful summit of the future and youth focused multilevel governance innovation, in line with SDG 16

With the “informal Youth Summit of the Future” and “Local Pacts for the Future” we aim to open up innovative communication channels and develop innovative engagement platforms and tools for young people from difficult-to-reach backgrounds and places, so that their creativity, ingenuity and passion can be harnessed for global goals implementation.

The future proof UN needs to reach the people’s hearts and minds, and IYC, GloCha and UN Habitat youth are here to help achieving this goal.

Programme and names of speakers/panelists

  • Ali Sayed Mustafa, IYC – Welcome and Presentation of the Informal Youth SoF proposal
  • Member States representatives
  • Aishu Narasimhadevara, Member of DGC Youth Representatives Steering Committee – Global South Youth Participation in SoF Preparations – the role of the UN Civil Society Conference in May 2024 in Nairobi
  • Doug Ragan, Yosuke Nagai, Milagros Costabel Bionda, UN-Habitat Youth programme – DeclarActions as a framework for action oriented youth engagement
  • Miroslav Polzer, GloCha – Presentation of the GloCha CoCreation Call for Music and Art 2024, GloCha TV, the GloCha CoCreation festival and Local Pacts for the Future as a multilevel governance innovations for the SoF
  • Alexandre Caldas, Yigang Li and Candice Chung, UNEP Early Warning and Data Analytics Branch – Youth as Key Actors on Early Warning and ‚Foresighting‘ the Future
  • Alina Karimamusama, NGOCSD-NY Youth Rep. & Founder of AfriHER, Zambia
  • youth delegates

Guiding Questions for discussion/s

  • What do young people care about?
  • How can the creativity, ingenuity and knowledge of young people be harnessed for local and global action for the common good (= SDGs implementation)?
  • How can we set up governance innovations that facilitate future, action and impact oriented engagement of citizens and especially youth in SDGs localization
  • How can we use the momentum of the UN Summit of the Future for the deployment of innovative citizens/youth engagement mechanisms in the context of the UN?

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GloCha Side Event at the UN Partnership Forum 2024

CoCreating the Future with New Thinking, Culture & Digital Innovation

Nsikaka Abasi Jacob (Nigeria), Dreams have Will, Winner of the “Top African Digital Artist Award” of the GloCha DigitalArt4Climate COP27 Digital Art Contest

Date and time: 30th January 2024, 1.15 – 2.30 PM

Venue: Conference Room B, UN Headquarters, New York City, with web-broadcasting on UN WebTV (to be confirmed) and on

More info:


About the event:

The event focuses on the role of culture, digital innovation, and multi-stakeholder partnerships for all of society engagement in the localization and implementation of global goals in the context of preparations for the UN Summit of the Future 2024.

The multistakeholder partnership for global challenges action empowerment GloCha will present its:

  • DigitalArt4Climate music and visual art contest, festival and edutainment programs and
  • Local Pacts for the Future as a governance innovationfor non-state actors’ engagement in global goals implementation – a new generation of Web3 technology enabled decentralized multi-stakeholder partnerships that solve grassroots challenges in a global context

Program (as of 24 January 2024):

1.15 – 1.25Miroslav Polzer, IAAI GloChaWelcome & Intro to GloCha and its solutions portfolio
1.25 – 1.35Representative from PM of Austria (tbc)Welcome by Government representatives
– 2.00
GloCha partners:
– Christina Stevens, Revolution Love
– Mack Okubo, Music for SDGs
– Fernando Garibay, The Garibay Institute
– Oscar Wendel, Wendel Institute
– Ethan Kring, LA
– Gail Davis
– ArtsHelp
Music & Art in support of the UN Summit of the Future:
– DigitalArt4Climate Contest, Festival & Edutainment 
– Call for Content Creator Partners
– Presentation of Partners and associated initiatives
2.00 –
– Miroslav Polzer, IAAI GloCha & CCC
– Doug Ragan, UN Habitat Youth Program
– Ali Mustafa, International Youth Conference (IYC)
– Hossein Hassani, IAAI GloCha
Local Pacts for the Future & Technology enabled Youth Engagement

– Nena Dokuzov, Ministry of Economy, Tourism and Sport, Republic of Slovenia
– Samer Bishay, KarrierOne
Data & Digital Innovation Infrastructure for Global Goals
– 2.25
Margo LaZaro, NGO Committe for Sustainable Development NYNGO perspectives
2.25 – 2.30 Discussion & Closing

GloCha is a multi-stakeholder partnership for global challenges action empowerment, which has been developed to complement the UN led inter-governmental efforts for global goals implementation. GloCha has been initiated by the Austria based, UN accredited civil society organization IAAI. GloCha is an open and participatory institutional ecosystem, for the cooperation of solution and resources providers. GloCha partners are going to develop the knowledge base and the digital tools for the delivery of the solutions listed below and for the mobilization of the necessary financial and intellectual resources.

Local Pacts for the Future’Pathways to All of Society SDGs and Climate Action The side event organizers propose the development of an information system in which citizens can localize and specify challenges in their neighbourhood in combination with SDGs led action and impact trajectories and stakeholder mapping. With local pacts for the future, collaboration of individuals, private sector stakeholders as well representatives of public authorities can be organized with concrete give and get relations. Local Pacts for the Future shall complement the main UN Summit of the Future 2024 outcome, the ‘Global Pact for the Future’, with (1) a data/evidence, impact and incentives focused socio- ecological contracts of individuals and local communities conceptual framework and (2) digital tools (incl. self-sovereign digital identities, global challenges action reporting and impact assessment standards, global challenges action registries, ..). The “Local Pacts for the Future”systemic innovation for non-state actors’ engagement in global goals implementation – a new generation of technology enabled and challenges focused multi-stakeholder partnerships – could be launched at the UN Summit of the Future 2024 as a symbol for the people round the world that the UN system is relevant in the collaborative response to the concrete challenges that people are facing in their lives and neighbourhoods.

Reference: Presentation of GloCha and the DigitalArt4Climate initiative at an official side event to the UN Climate Conference COP28, 6th of December 2023 in Dubai/UAE

Reference 2 – UNFCCC Video report about the COP21 Global Challenges Music Contest: