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”.
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: https://youtu.be/gkrE35IlLO4)). 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
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
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 www.climatechaincoalition.io which has been set up in cooperation with the UN Climate Change secretariat (https://unfccc.int/news/un-supports-blockchain-technology-for-climate-action) 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.
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
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)
IAAI GloCha is happy and proud to be again a partner of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival https://pluralplus.unaoc.org/partners/
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.
We are living in turbulent times. On the one hand the COVID19 pandemic has shaken our societies and economies and scientists predict that the potential of climate change to disrupt our societal and economic structures is even bigger. On the other hand new thinking and digital innovation enable new forms of local and global cooperation for the public good in times of uncertain futures.
One such story of new thinking and digital-innovation empowered global multi-stakeholder collaboration, is the initiative GloCha, with GloCha standing for Global Challenges as the common denominator of all human beings and future generations being bound together in a community of destiny that is on its way towards more sustainable, just and future proof societal organization with culture, technology and organization, initiated by the United Nations accredited civil society organization IAAI, based in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee in Austria.
TEDxGloCha is using the momentum of the global launch of the TED Countdown initiative for mass mobilization for climate action (https://countdown.ted.com) to present – in line with the TED slogan: “Ideas worth Spreading” – GloCha as the new transformative and inspiring story and collaboration framework, that is going to empower citizens, youth and communities to take meaningful and rewarding climate action, achieving climate neutral lifestyles (= a #GoodLife) and thus giving hope for the future.
Taking place exactly 100 years after the referendum on the future of Carinthia https://carinthija2020.ktn.gv.at/EN TEDxGloCha is going to demonstrate its solutions for the creation of digital local and thematic communities in Kärnten/Koroška/Carinthia and its blockchain technology based resource mobilization mechanism “Cryptostamps” as pathways and tools towards civic engagement and future proof societies based on new ethical standards for civic engagement and climate neutral lifestyles (= #GloCha #GoodLife).
Welcome interview of the moderators with event organizer and partners
Part 1 – The State of the World (3 keynote presentations)
Youth voices on the state of the world – Rebecca Hardenbrook & Ali Mustafa (Generation Next youth network)
Lučka Kajfež Bogataj – planet under pressure: state of the world: scientific perspective
John Crowley, UNESCO Management of Social Transformations Programme – What is a good life and what is a good community in times of climate emergency?
Part 2 – Action Potentials for the Climate Emergency in Kärnten/Koroška/Carinthia and Alps Adriatic Neighbourhood
Keynote presentation: Hanzi Tomažič: 2020: A good Time to re-think thinking and social structures in Kärnten/Koroška/Carinthia
What are we as Carinthians able and willing to contribute to the global response to the climate emergency? Activating and empowering civil society and youth – Sabrina Schifrer & Zukunftsfest 2013 video screening
Innovation leader from Kärnten/Koroška/Carinthia
Part 3 – GloCha: Pathways and digital tools towards a #GoodLife and future proof communities
Alexey Shadrin – Blockchain Technology, Digital Collectibles/Cryptostamps and digital finance
Miroslav Polzer – GloCha What? The Next Big Thing in Climate Action Empowerment Made in Kärnten/Koroška/Carinthia
For a warm-up each speaker will be asked to say 3 words that come to their mind when thinking of the future, we will ask people what kind of music they would like to hear and try to find and play it during the informal session, while networking and developing action plans
7 PM Slovenian
exploring option to create digital thematic community of Carinthian Slovenes on GloCha platform for the promotion of future competencies of members of the ethnic community and resource mobilization
8 PM German
Exploring options for setting up a digital local community Kärnten/Koroška/Carinthia for the advancement of sustainable, multi-linguistic and open minded society through technology enhanced civic engagement and digital finance
9 PM English
Youth climate action empowerment digital thematic community
The science is clear: we are in a climate crisis and a swift and deep transformation to low and zero carbon societies is urgently needed – a transition that has for cities many co-benefits in terms of resilience, quality of life, health, cohesion etc. To achieve the goal of climate neutrality, many cities have declared climate neutrality goals, but too often such goals don’t translate into political support and action of all relevant stakeholders and impact on the necessary scale. With this digital innovation workshop, the organizers – IAAI GloCha www.glocha.info in cooperation with the Climate Chain Coalition www.climatechaincoalition.io, the leading global expert network on blockchain technology for climate action – convey the message that blockchain technology and digital innovation can be key enablers of programs towards climate neutral cities with fully engaged citizens (background info: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&type=20000&nr=7095&menu=2993). Speakers will showcase digital innovation tools in the fields of data collection, citizen science, resource mobilization (digital municipal bonds) and gamification.
Based on the interactive discussion in the workshop we plan to outline a cooperation strategy between IAAI GloCha, the Climate Chain Coalition, ICLEI, daring cities and other climate action innovation champions (like youth networks) with concrete pilot projects and resource mobilization plans.
Run of show
Welcome by Miroslav Polzer IAAI GloCha, Yunus Arikan ICLEI and Tom Baumann (Climate Chain Coalition – CCC) & Martin Wainstein (Yale Open Innovation Lab): 10 minutes
Thematic introduction to the side event topic: Vienna Looi – New Thinking and digital innovation for climate neutral citizens and cities (with a focus on the role of finance & blockchain tech)(10 minutes)
Presentation of an opportunity for side event organizers and cities to collaborate on a solutions package: David Greniman, MD International – European Green Deal Call – (Developing end-user products and services for all stakeholders and citizens supporting climate adaptation and mitigation)
Solution 1: Miroslav Polzer (IAAI GloCha) – GloCha Good Life app – Pathways towards climate neutral citizens and cities
Solution 2: Alexey Shadrin, Evercity.io & CCC – Digital Municipal Green Bonds
Solution 3: Martin Wainstein (Yale Open Innovation Lab – Open Climate Collabathon) – Integrated Climate Action Tracking and Accounting on Individual, Local and Global level – Gaps and opportunities
Yunus Arikan – Connecting the dots – Cooperation potentials from ICLEI perspective
The global climate emergency requires new thinking, new tools and new arrangements for multi-stakeholder cooperation on the international as well as on the local level that will empower all of society to become engaged in climate action in a meaningful and rewarding manner. Blockchain technology and digital finance are key enablers of climate action tracking, accounting, coordination and incentivization and are therefore the theme of this virtual event in the context of the Climate Week NYC 2020, which aims to
With the GloCha IYD2020 Dialogue we are convening global youth leaders, experts and GloCha partners:
To collaboratively assess recent developments towards the formation of the GloCha led citizens and youth climate action empowerment consortium and the #PeoplesCOP movement in support of the #RaceToZero campaign and the #ActionForClimateEmpowerment programme,
To present the GloCha crypto stamps (blockchain) based resource mobilization mechanism for global and local youth climate action empowerment (vision for the future: “crypto stamps based resource mobilization for youth/citizens climate action empowerment” as a service provided by GloCha to youth networks, cities, public authorities, campaigns, music initiatives, etc.)
To Launch a call for applications for our GloCha “digital innovation for youth climate action” team, which is going to work on: (a) an individual climate action dashboardplatform and app (facilitating formulation of smart goals (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely) for youth climate action, digital measurement, reporting, and verification), (b) (blockchain based) crypto stamps management (enabling participatory and transparent investments in local and global climate action and climate action empowerment), (c) digital community building and digital climate pact platform/ecosystem (city/local community level) (for social verification, crowd- evaluation and GloCha certification of citizens’ climate action and its outcomes) and (d) GloChaglobal registry for the global registration of certified elements of the individual climate action dashboard (e) organization of a workshop (to be held in Klagenfurt (Austria) and online) in November 2020 for presentation, improvement and integration of above mentioned digital solutions
To pre-announce a „GloCha Good Life“ conference and Youth Climate Action Leadership Awards initiative for the development of ethical standards for „good“ lifestyles and civic engagement in times of climate emergency with UNESCO MOST (tbc.) (expected to be held on 10th of October 2020 in the context of the TED Countdown conference https://countdown.ted.com/)
To present ongoing and planned GloCha music initiatives: Music4SDGs, Music4Peace, Global Challenges Youth Music Contest in support of Action for Climate Empowerment 2021, etc.
The introductory presentation will be given by IAAI GloCha founder and CEO Miroslav Polzer, who will be joined by youth climate action leader Marie-Claire Graf, representatives ofECOS Community, GloCha team members and partners and members of the Climate Chain Coalition (the leading global network of experts in the field of digital innovation/blockchain for climate action).
Links to information about recent GloCha events and further information:
„Pacts, Bonds and Digital Innovation for Youth Engagement in Climate Action and Agenda2030 Implementation“ webinar on Tuesday 14th of July 1.00 – 2.30 PM EDT (7.00 – 8.30 PM CEST) organized by the International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges IAAI (ECOSOC accredited CSO, member of NGO MG and MGCY) in partnership with UNESCO MOST (Management of Social Transformations Programme), UN Habitat – Youth and Urban Economy Unit and the Climate Chain Coalition as official side event to the UN High Level Political Forum 2020.
This follow-up side event will show how the organizers and partners are envisaging the development of concrete digital tools and platforms for the mobilization of action and resources of individual citizens and their local communities for SDGs implementation on local and global level through (1) pacts (social contracts/social innovation), (2) bonds (resource mobilization innovation), (3) data and digital innovation infrastructure for climate action tracking, reporting and certification and (3) new organizational approaches to technology enabled youth engagement in climate action (Citizens/Youth Climate Action Empowerment Consortium, #PeoplesCOP/COP26 Digital Pavilion, et al. ..).
UK COP26 presidency (to be confirmed) – Preparations for the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow/UK in November 2021 and the role of youth engagement and digital innovation
Thematic Block 1 – Pacts –Reimagining social contracts (local, intergenerational and international) and collaborative action for the common good with digital innovation
John Crowley, UNESCO MOST – The need for social innovation and new forms of social contracts (local, intergenerational and international) for local and global Climate Action mobilization and the enabling role of digital innovation
Matthew Phillips, UNFCCC Race to Zero campaign and NACZA climate action data portal – UN Climate Chain secretariat perspectives on digital innovation for non-party stakeholders climate action engagement
Thematic Block 4 – Youth Engagement Innovation
Douglas Ragan, UN Habitat, Programme Management Officer – Children and Youth, Human Rights & Social Inclusion Unit
Marie-Laure Burgener, GreenGoWeb – Digital innovation enabled gamification for citizens‘ engagement in climate action and SDGs implementation
Miroslav Polzer, IAAI GloCha – The way forward: Digital Climate Pact platform & app, Citizens/Youth Climate Action Empowerment Consortium, digital city climate action bond pilots, November 2020 events coordination (Open Climate Collabathon, COP26 Digital pavilion, World Environment Situation Room, #PeoplesCOP)