Global Challenges Youth and Technology Centers – GloCha Centers Network


Global Challenges Youth and Technology Centers

(in short GloCha Centers“)

An institutional Model for Integrated Youth focused Capacity Building in
Technology Access, Innovation Facilitation, Citizen Science and Social Entrepreneurship
towards multistakeholder climate change and post2015 agenda implementation action
and Disaster Risk Reduction in Least Developed Countries

Connecting Your city and your young global citizens with global challenges and global resources

  •           LDCs STI (ODA Funding)
  •           UNFCCC (Climate Change Finance)
  •           SDGs (blended Global, National and Local public, philanthropic and market near funding)


GloCha Youth and ICT Centers – A proposal put forward to be mainstreamed as the

leading transformative youth focused local level post2015 Means of Implementation instrument

in the context of

      Technology Bank and Science, Technology and Innovation Supporting Mechanism dedicated to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

      UN System Wide Action Plan on Youth

      UNFCCC (Climate Change) Capacity Building (Draft COP21 Outcome document as of 24 July2015: OBJECTIVE: The objective of capacity-building should be to enable [developing country Parties][Parties not included in annex X][all Parties] to identify, design and implement adaptation and mitigation actions and to enable domestic technology development and the absorption of technology and finance for the implementation of the Convention.]

      UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development (ESD Global Action program Goal: “reorient education and learning so that everyone has the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that empower them to contribute to sustainable development – and make a difference

      preparations for UN Habitat III Conference

      UN Women

      Global Challenges Action Network’s Global Challenges Giving Pledge Conference 2016


The Concept of Global Challenges, Youth & Information and Communication Technology Centers (in short “GloCha Centers”TM) has been developed by International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges, a UN accredited civil society organization based in Klagenfurt, Austria, as a social and technological innovation for youth engagement in global challenges action in the context of the transinstitutional Global Challenges Action network GloCha.

Mission statement

Capacity building and fostering of Entrepreneurship and Action oriented Civic Engagement of Young people in post2015 Sustainable Development Agenda by providing Internet Access, Collaborative Space, advanced Information and Communication Technologies Infrastructure as well as Capacity Building and Knowledge Management Services in partnership with local, national and international private and public partners with particular consideration of United Nations programs and goals.

A particular design element of GloCha centers is their focus on locally and globally coordinated resource mobilization/blended financing (15/15/15 UN Civil Society Resource Mobilization Partnership, Global Challenges Giving Pledge Conference 2016, UN Trust Fund on Local Provision of Global Public Goods, Global Challenges Community Foundations, Global Challenges Foundation Carinthia, ..)

Istanbul can become pioneer and leading competence center on developing quality assurance standards, information exchange protocols and capacity building toolkits for globally connected engagement of local communities and youth in UN programs and goals.



International Conference “Sustainable Development, Innovation and Youth”, held 4 – 6 June 2014 in Klagenfurt/Austria (adoption of Klagenfurt Leadership Declaration on Global Challenges, Youth and ICT and rpesentation of outline of “Klagefnurt Hub on Global Challenges,Youth and ICT

West Africa Regional Workshop on Youth, Information and Communication Technologies and Global Challenges, 21 & 22 May 2014, Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT in Accra/Ghana

Action plan towards Replicability/Potential for large scale roll-out:

developing and testing replicable basic modules in the context of Klagenfurt Hub on Global Challenges, Youth and ICT with TUBITAK as research and technology development partner in the context of Technology Bank for LDCs.

mentioning of GloCha centers in LDC Technology Bank High Level Panel Report (summer 2015) as a suitable instrument for youth focused technology, science and innovation facilitation in LDCs that can provide a strong impetus to accelerating structural transformation and sustainable development of the LDCs (thus creating the basis for future co-financing of GloCha centers through Official Developmetn Assistance programs).

pilot cases with common basic modules and varying specific modules in different settings (citizen science (with Wikimedia Foundation) in Istanbul and “Global Challenges Urban games” (-> Habitat III input, see, climate resilient agriculture young entrepreneurs in Burkina Faso (Austrian ODA innovation test) , overcoming gender technology gap in South Africa (UN Women programs), …)

presentation of pilot cases in globally broadcasted TV show “2015 Global Challenges Youth Music Contest”

Cooperation agreements (MoUs) signed with UN Habitat, Office of the High Representative for Landlocked, Least Developed and Small Island States, UCLG (City of Istanbul), UNESCO regarding fundraising at Global Challenges Giving Pledge Conference 2016 in Klagenfurt

mentioning of GloCha Centers in UN GA Resolution on GloCha, October 2015

Documentation of Past Efforts to operationalize and define GloCha Centers:

Global Challenges Centers CONCEPT – Presentation by Abdrahamane OUEDRAOGO IAAI Representative in Burkina Faso;…
IAAI/GloCha West Africa Regional Workshop on Youth, Information and Communication Technologies and Global Challenges, 21 & 22 May 2014, Accra/Ghana

GloCha Conference 2014 – Sustainable Development, Innovation and Youth (Building the Knowledge Base and Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure for Youth Led Civic Engagement in Sustainable Development Action) – Session 4 — Information and Communication Technologies of – Tihomir Divjak – GloCha Youth and ICT centers as Satellite Based Internet Service Connectivity Providers in West Africa

GloCha Centers areas of activities Graph in Rio+20 Global Youth Music Contest Report International_Day_of_Youth_12_August_2012 (page)


International Workshop “MobilizeDiaspora4SD – Mobilization of Intellectual and Financial Resources from Diaspora for Knowledge Based Sustainable Development in Southeast Europe, 12 October 2011, Sarajevo, Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina

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