International Youth Day 2020 GloCha Dialogue on Youth Empowerment for Climate Action


The theme of the United Nations‘ International Youth Day (IYD) 2020 is “Youth Engagement for Global Action” (link to more info:  As youth empowerment for climate action and sustainable development goals implementation is the main mission of GloCha  (, a global & local multi-stakeholder partnership, initiated by the Austria based UN accredited civil society organization IAAI, we are delighted to invite You to celebrate with us the IYD2020 with a special GloCha IYD2020 dialogue.

With the GloCha IYD2020 Dialogue we are convening global youth leaders, experts and GloCha partners:

  1. 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,
  2. 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.)
  3. 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 dashboard platform 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) GloCha global 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
  4. 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
  5. 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 GloCha IYD 2020 dialogue will be moderated by Ali Mustafa, founder of Generation Next – Voice of Youth and the GloCha sponsored International Youth Conference initiative. In the welcome session, Ali Mustafa will be joined by the Co-Founder of International Youth Conference Quratulain Tejani, who will explain about the outcomes of the International Youth Conference 2020.

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 of ECOS 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 & Digital Innovation UN HLPF2020 Virtual Side Event

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.

The virtual side event is a follow-up to the #UN75 All Of Society Digital Cooperation for Global Goals and Climate Action webinar which has been held by IAAI GloCha and partners on 26th of June 2020 in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter (video on demand:

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. ..).


Video on demand:

Speakers and Topics
Introductory Session – Welcome and UK COP26 Preparations Context
Miroslav Polzer, IAAI GloCha & digital innovation community in the context of the UNFCCC process – Welcome on behalf of the organizers
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
Miroslav Polzer – IAAI GloCha – Context setting – example: European Climate Pact – The European Union Non-State Actors Engagement in Climate Action/European Green Deal implementation framework (background info:  recording from previous webinar Laura Maanavilja, European Commission – DG CLIMA
Miroslav Polzer, IAAI GloCha – #DigitalClimatePact: Enabling individual climate neutrality with digital innovation & Intro to digital finance thematic block: neighborhood climate action resource mobilization with blockchain tech
Thematic Block 2 –  Bonds – digital innovation for innovative resource mobilization for local climate action
Alexey Shadrin,, Climate Chain Coalition Finance Team lead – Digital innovation expertise of the Climate Chain Coalition and planned pilots: Digital municipal bonds & SDG accelerator ecosystem
Bobby Kia, People’s Prize and Sovereign Wealth – Family Office Alliance Climate Finance Innovation
Thematic Block 3 – data and digital innovation infrastructure for climate action tracking, reporting and certification
Tom Baumann, Climate Chain Coalition – D2I2 – data and digital innovation infrastructure for multistakeholder climate action coordination and incentivization
Martin Wainstein, Yale Open Innovation Lab – Digital Innovation and Radical Cooperation for Multistakeholder Climate Action Tracking and Accounting – The Open Climate Collabathon in November 2020
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
Alexandre Caldas, Chief, Country Outreach, Technology, Innovation and Big Data Branch, UN Environment – World Environment Situation Room
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)

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#UN75 All Of Society Digital Cooperation for Global Goals & Climate Action Webinar


With live and on-demand webcast on UN WebTV

On 26th of June 1945 – exactly 75 years ago – representatives of national governments signed the UN Charter. The world has changed significantly since then. The nature of global challenges has changed and people all over the world more than ever before feel united in a community of destiny challenged i.a. by the climate change crisis and the health crisis caused by COVID19.

The organizers of the “#AllOfSociety #DigitalCooperation for #GlobalGoals” webinar want to use the momentum of the #UN75 celebration and the recent presentation of the “Roadmap for Digital Cooperation” and the “UN Data Strategy for Action by Everyone, Everywhere” by the UN Secretary General to envision new – digitally empowered futures for the United Nations system in which all of society and especially youth and local communities will be engaged in a meaningful and rewarding manner.

For this future oriented discussion, we have organized this webinar to create a virtual forum to collaboratively reflect on the current operating system of global community and to explore new avenues for the enhanced mobilization of action and resources of non-state actors for better delivery of public good on local and global level, guided by the Sustainable Development Goals/Agenda2030.

  • Welcome
  • Jovan Kurbalija, Diplo Foundation Geneva – Keynote 1 (10 minutes): Multistakeholder Governance Innovation – Lessons Learned from the Internet Governance Forum
  • Vienna Looi, UN RebootTheEarth winner, eco,, Stanford CodeX/Zero Degree Project, Economic Space AgencyKeynote 2 – Envisioning a digitally empowered economic system for a sustainable world
  • John Crowley – UNESCO MOST – Keynote 3: Global Public Sector Innovation empowered by Digital Innovation
  • Yu Ping Chan, Senior Programme Officer, Office of the Under-Secretary General and Special Advisor on Preparations for the 75th UN Anniversary & the High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

Cultural element – Music intervention by Yinka Lamboginny Lawanson

Envisioning a People’s COP – Innovation and Collaboration Towards Multistakeholder Climate Action Mobilization



Youth/Fridays for Future, people on the street demand effective global climate action. We see a paradigm shift  in global climate action collaboration with national governments now welcoming non-state actors’ climate action in the UNFCCC process/Paris Agreement. Disruptive COVID19 circumstances and postponed government focused COP26 gives us a chance to reimagine the way we organize global climate talks and explore new avenues for coordination and incentivization of multistakeholder climate action. New technologies (e.g. blockchain) enable the global community to deploy new solutions for meaningful and rewarding engagement of all societal stakeholders. 

We need ambitious climate action now! Let’s be creative – let’s collaborate! #RaceToZero #ActionNow


6:00 – 6:05   Welcome message by the organizers

6:05 – 6:10   –  Angel HsuData Driven Labs (Yale-NUS) – Context I: Status quo of global non-state actors’ climate action

6:10 – 6.15   –   European Commission – Context II: European Climate Pact – EU’s non-state actors’ Engagement Innovation

6:15 – 7.00   Flash presentation of initiatives, ideas and plans by panelists: members of the Digital Innovation Community (DICO), Education, Communication & Outreach Stakeholders Community (ECOS), youth (YOUNGO) and local governments & municipal authorities (LGMA) constituencies in the context of the UNFCCC process

–     Miroslav Polzer, IAAIGloCha, Dig. Innov. Comm. (COP26 Digital Pavilion, Digital Pact, Music, Gamification)

–     Martin Wainstein, Yale Open Lab (Climate CollabathonClimate Action Tracking and Accounting)

–     Tom Baumann, Climate Chain CoalitionD2I2 Data & Digital Innovation Infrastructure

–     Anita Mujumdar, Evercity – CCC Finance team – Digital Finance

–     Mark McCaffrey, Education, Communication & Outreach Stakeholders Community #Learn4Climate

–     Marie Claire Graf, Swiss youth delegate to the UNFCCC process, YOUNGO focal point

–     Yunus Arikan, ICLEI – Local government and municipal authorities (LGMA) focal point

–     UN Climate Change or/and COP26 presidency reflections

7:00 -7:15    Facilitated discussion and interactive ideation with Q&A via text from audience

7:15 – 7:50   Open Climate Dialogue in break out rooms (speakers gather ideas and comments from the general audience)

7:50 – 8.00   Final announcements, summaries and next steps.

Link to the presentation of Miroslav Polzer:

GloCha sponsored Generation Next Youth Network Launched at Very Successful International Youth Conference #IYC2020


IAAI GloCha has been partner of the International Youth Conference 2020, organized by Generation Next – Voice of Youth initiative

The virtual conference has been an exceptional success with more than 1500 registered participants from more than 70 countries.

During the conference there has been launched the global Generation Next youth network which will facilitate the setting up of action oriented youth hubs around the world. IAAI GloCha pledged to support the network and especially the network’s youth climate action programs with knowledge, digital innovation solutions, our streamyard platform and resource mobilization (#GiveYouthAChance). UN system partners of the network are especially the UN Department for Global Communication’s Civil Society Unit and the UN Habitat Youth and Urban Economy Unit.


For IAAI it has been also a great experience to activley participate in the #IYC2020 Youth Climate Action Innovation session in which very knowledgeable and committed youth climate action leaders shared their dieas on how to inc rease the level of ambition and the effectiveness of local and global climate action (link to video on demand:


Youth & Digital Innovation #UN75 event at UN HQ NY February 2020
IAAI organized on 17th February 2020 an event at UN headquarters New York on the role of digital innovation for youth engagement in Agenda2030 implementation and climate action as a sidie event to the UN Commission on Social Development (
At the very well attended event, which has been also webbroadcasted, we have had a great keynote presentation of Vienna Looi from Malaysia, a video message of Fridays for Future New York climate activist Xiye Bastida, who is joining our IAAI GloCha team at the UN HQ NY as annual UN Grounds Pass holder in the context of the youth delegate program of UN Department for Global Communication. IAAI team members Ali Mustafa, Eileen Doohan and Miroslav Polzer presented GloCha initiatives like the UNFCCC digital innovation community, D2I2, and Generation Next network and our cooperation partner and supporter Francisco Benedito from Climate Trade presented his plans to create systemic resource mobilization support for youth climate action with carbon credit offset mechanisms. UN system has been represented by Hawa Diallo, head of the civil society unit at UN DGC and Yu Ping Chan from the Office of the UN UNder Secretary General for the UN75 anniversary celebrations and digital cooperation high level panel follow-up
Video on demand:

Building the data and digital innovation infrastructure for the European Green Deal


IAAI GloCha and Climate Chain Coalition team members visited 13th of January the European Commission DG CONNECT Blockchain and Digital Innovation Unit to discuss cooperation potentials towards the development of a global data and digital innovation infrastructure for climate action, building on the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure and other blockchain and digital innovation programs of the EU.

An important topic has been also the recent creation of the Climate Action Working group of INATBA (International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications) which is being led by the co-chair of the Climate Chain Coalition, Tom Baumann and in which Miroslav Polzer is leading the D2I2 (Data and Digital Innovation Infrastructure for multistakeholder climate action coordination and incentivization) sub-group.

14th of January 2020 the Climate Chain Coalition delegation, comprising Tom Baumann, Miroslav Polzer, Alexey Shadrin (, Jo Bronckman (FIBREE), Fran Benedito (Climate Trade) and Harald Rauter (Climate KIC) attended a Think Tank meeting on „Blockchain Technology for the European Green Deal and the SDGs“ at the premises of the European Economic and Social Committee, organized by European Partners for the Environment.

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On 15th January D2I2 team members Jo Bronckers and Miroslav Polzer attended a European Blockchain Services Infrastrcuture (EBSI) self-sovereign identity use case stakeholder meeting, learning about the functioning and governance of EBSI.

Youth Climate Action Innovation @ COP25

IAAI GloCha continues to work with outstanding youth climate action leaders, YOUNGO, ECOS, Earth Day Network, UNFCCC Action for Climate Empowerment programme, Climate KIC Young Innovators Programme,, Blue Planet Roundation and many other initiatives on youth empowerment for climate action with culture, technology and organizational innovation.

Watch the IAAI press conference on Youth Climate Action Innovation for more details:


GloCha collaboration continues with strengthened Education, Communication and Outreach Stakehodlers Community

The Climate Change Education, Communication and Outreach Stakehodlers Community (ECOS), which has been co-founded by IAAI GloCha in November 2017 at COP26 has become an important network in global capacity building for climate action.

At the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in December 2019 in Madrid, IAAI strengthened its ties with ECOS with a joint ECOS & DICO reception on innovative non-state actors‘ engagement in climate action, generously sponsored by IAAI COP25 delegation member Henk Rogers (Blue PLanet Foundation).

Furthermore IAAI hosted the COP25 press conference of ECOS, which can be watched here: