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:
  • 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 Tech partner :
–   NFTs minting –   Smart contracts –   Gallery –   Marketplace –  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://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 Creative Community partner – creative director of the DigitalArt4Climate initiative
Social Alpha Foundation 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,, fb

and live web-broadcast on UN WebTV


  • International Association for the Advancement of innovative Approaches to Global Challenges IAAI
  • GloCha Global Challenges Foundation New York

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,,, +43 664 4203648,  

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
climate-neutral-cities-and-citizens/ &

recommended reading: Digital SDG Finance Bulletin May 2021:

ACE_AT & GloCha Side Event to the UN STI Forum 2021

Empowering Climate Action of Citizens/Youth and Communities with Science, Technology and Innovation

ACE_AT & GloCha Side Event to the Sixth Annual Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals

Date and time: Monday, 3rd of May 2021 5.00 – 8.00 PM CEST (11 AM-2 PM EDT)

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

Organizing partners:

Where?   On Streamyard platform with live webbroadcast on, & UN WebTV

The ACE_AT & GloCha side event to the UN STI Forum 2021 is going to showcase systemic, knowledge-based solutions for the youth focused empowerment of climate action of citizens and communities developed by the UN ECOSOC, UN DGC and UNFCCC accredited NGO IAAI and partners (see list of organizing partners).

Themes of the side event:

  • The Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) research project initiative Knowledge4ACE (= data and information management focussed applied research and multistakeholder climate action innovation system model development)
  • the Action for Climate Empowerment Innovation project ACE_AT (for more detailed information please visit
  • technological and non-technological solutions for global and local Action for Climate Empowerment, developed by the Global Challenges Action Network GloCha and its links to the UN Digital Cooperation Agenda
  • Partnership with UN Habitat Youth Programme on “Climate Action Empowerment as a Service”
  • Resource Mobilization for Climate Action Innovation & Mass mobilization for climate action with the power of music


  • Miroslav Polzer, Executive director – IAAI, Chairperson – GloCha Ftd.NY, CEO – GloCha Tech GesmbH  
  • Talieh Wögerbauer, Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action – ACE focal point, Republic of Austria, ACEAT project coord.
  • John Crowley, UNESCO Management of Social Transformation Program – Climate Action Empowerment through Knowledge
  • Doug Ragan, UN Habitat Youth Progamme – Youth Engagement in World Environment Situation Room w. UN Environment
  • Yunus Arikan, Local Governments for Sustainability ICLEI, Action for Climate Emppowerment Innovation for and with Cities
  • Tim Damon, Co-Focal ppint, Education, Communication and Outreach Stakeholders Community ECOS
  • Marie Claire Graf, Co-Focal Point, YOUNGO – Children & Youth Constituency – UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • Tom Baumann, Climate Chain Coalition, Data and Digital Innovation Infrastructure for Climate Action Empowerment
  • Katherine Foster, Open Earth Foundation – (Youth) Climate Action Tracking and Reporting
  • Alexey Shadrin, & Climate Chain Coalition – Digital Finance for Climate Action Empowerment
  • Jim Fournier, – The next generation of purpose driven social networking
  • Eileen Doohan, GloCha Fdt NY,
  • Ali Mustafa, GloCha Fdt NY / Generation Next Voice of Youth
  • Hawa Diallo, UN Department for Global Communications, Chief, Civil Society Engagement Unit  
  • Tihomir Divjak and Blaž Golob, GoForesight Institute, Satellite based internet access and e-learning solutions for Africa
  • et al.

ACE_AT Webinar Earth Day 2021

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”.

For more information please visit:

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

TEDxGloCha event: Pathways Towards a Good Life and Future Proof Communities in Times of Climate Emergency, 10 October 2020 in the context of TED Countdown campaign launch


10 October 2020

15.00 – 16.30h – TEDxGloCha Countdown Presentations Session

17.00 – 19.00 TED Countdown Global Launch watchparty

19.00 – 22h TEDxGloCha Green Drinks Sessions


Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Neuer Platz 10/I (joint office: SKS – AACC – IAAI) &

Streaming platforms: Streamyard (Youtube, facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, ..) & zoom


About the event:

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 ( 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 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).


15.00 – 16.30h – TEDxGloCha Countdown Presentations Session

Music performance 

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
  • Presentation of GloCha cryptostamps plans
    • GloCha Carbon Footprint Compensation Cryptostamp 2020 &
    • Kärnten/Koroška GloCha digital community cryptostamp
    • Distribution of free cryptostamps to TEDxGloCha Countdown event participants
  • Invitation to TED Countdown Watch Party at 5 PM and Green Drinks sessions at 7 PM

17.00 – 19.00 TED Countdown Global Launch watchparty

(on zoom platform)

GloCha Green Drinks Sessions

(on zoom platform)

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


Daring Cities 2020 Side Event: With blockchain technology and digital innovation towards climate neutral cities and citizens

Created by ICLEI and the Federal City of Bonn, Daring Cities is a virtual, action-oriented forum to recognize and empower courageous urban leaders – including mayors and other decision-makers, technical staff, researchers, private sector representatives, and community organizers – to disrupt business-as-usual and shift towards business-as-possible. Daring Cities showcases and catalyzes exemplary local climate action to tackle the climate emergency, including ambitious resilience-building and climate mitigation efforts.

IAAI GloCha Side event to the Daring Cities Forum 2020: With blockchain technology and digital innovation towards climate neutral cities and citizens

Date: Thursday, 22 October
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM (Paris/Bonn time)

Event description and outcomes

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 in cooperation with the Climate Chain Coalition, 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: 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, & 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

Interactive session


Climate Week New York Webinar: Blockchain Technology and Digital Finance for Climate Action Empowerment, 24 Sept 2020


GloCha Global Challenges Foundation New York –

Climate Chain Coalition –

Evercity –

INATBA – International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications

IAAI Klagenfurt –

Event Theme and Aims:

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

  1. present the Climate Chain Coalition, the Climate ActionWorking Group of the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA, and the Digital Innovation Community in the context of the UNFCCC process ( as some of the leading multi-stakeholder networks in this field
  2. provide insights on trends and recent developments in the field of blockchain technology and digital finance for climate action
  3. present concrete digital finance tools and citizens’/youth climate action empowerment solutions, developed by the event organizers and their partners, like digital green bonds/digital SDG bonds & the digital SDG finance bulletin (, CCC digital finance team) and individual climate action dashboard platform and app, including digital badges/cryptostamps and a global citizen’s climate action registry (GloCha, CCC EU and D2I2 team leader)
  4. provide a showcase for other global leaders in digital finance and blockchain for climate action empowerment to present their work and solutions
  5. provide an open space for networking of solution providers, technology users, researchers and civil society


Moderator: Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr, Cointelegraph

I – Welcome

II – Thematic Introduction blockchain technology and digital finance for climate action

Marianne Haahr, Sustainable Digital Finance Alliance (video message)

Simon Zadek, Head, Secretariat, Secretary General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the SDGs, Executive Office of the Administrator United Nations Development Programme

Monique BachnerCo-Chair, Governance Working Group INATBA Blockchain and digital finance for climate: governance issues & the role of INATBA

III – Blockchain and digital finance tools for climate neutral cities and citizens

(presentation of solutions, developed by the event organizers and their partners)

Alexey Shadrin, (, CCC digital finance team leader), digital green bonds/digital SDG bonds

Miroslav Polzer, (GloCha, IAAI, CCC EU & D2I2 team leader, INATBA CA WG D2I2 subgroup leader), individual climate action dashboard, digital badges/cryptostamps & global citizens’ climate action registry for citizens’/youth climate action empowerment (presentation)

Jo Bronckers, FIBREE, INATBA Real Estate WG – Unique Object Identification (video),

Yunus Arikan – pilot project implementation partner ICLEI and announcement of the CCC – GloCha – ICLEI side event to the Daring Cities conference on 22 October

IV – Other climate finance and digital innovation for climate action empowerment leaders

Martin Wainstein, Yale Open Innovation Lab – Open Climate Collabathon & Hyperledger Climate Action & Accounting (CA2) Special Interest Group (SIG)

Andrew Eil – Focal Point – Climate Investment Platform &Climate Finance Specialist Sub-Team: Energy, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Xiaochen Zhang, Fintech4Good

Raymond van Ermen, European Partners for the Environment

Pierre Telep, African Development Bank

Elliot Chun, Emergents @Weild & Co.

Joseph Pallant, founder, Blockchain for Climate Foundation

Vienna Looi, winner of the UN Reboot the Earth Hackathon,, Stanford Zero Degree Project, Economic Space Agency, GloCha Digital Innovation Advisor