With Foresight, Games and ICT Towards Sustainable Cities – IAAI/GloCha side event to UN OWG 7, 6 January 2014


With Foresight, Games & Information and Communication Technologies Towards

Sustainable Cities

Side Event to

Seventh Session of General Assembly’s Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

06 January 2014, 1.15- 2.45 PM, Conference Room 7, NLB, UN HQ New York


with live and on-demand Webcast coverage on UN Web TV:  http://webtv.un.org  

Organizing partners:

  1. International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges (IAAI) www.glocha.info
  2. GFS Institute – Ljubljana Forum on the Future of Cities http://www.ljubljanaforum.org
  3. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich – Chair of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation – FuturICT initiative www.futurict.eu
  4. Millennium Project – Global Futures Studies, Washington D.C. http://millennium-project.org/


Thematic Focus:

Seventh session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals deals with:

         Sustainable cities and human settlements, sustainable transport

         Sustainable consumption and production (including chemicals and waste)

         Climate change and disaster risk reduction


All these issues require strong engagement and participation of broader public. The challenge for OWG process and SDGs implementation efforts is to find innovative conceptual frameworks and concrete tools, that connect all relevant stakeholders with universal global sustainability goals and inspire and incentivize collaborative action for the local and global public good.


The organizers of the Side event “With Foresight, Games & Information and Communication Technologies Towards Sustainable Cities” aim to contribute to this quest by


  1. Presenting the “Local Provision of Global Public Goods” Conceptual Framework and GloCha System as global public sector innovation blueprint that connects local level sustainable development efforts with global sustainable development goals (and other UN Goals) governance;
  2. Highlighting the potentials of Foresight processes and Collaborative Intelligence tools for identification of Sustainable development potentials on local/city level and formulation of individual city level SDGs Challenges;
  3. Presenting “Global Challenges World Cup – Urban Games” – Competitions and Games among cities as incentives for resource mobilization for sustainable development;
  4. Outlining a Global Challenges ICT Knowledge and Technology Hub Klagenfurt (Austria, Central Europe) which shall help to address the need for Information and Communication Technologies Research and Technology Development for Connecting Cities and Citizens with Global SDGs Governance


Miroslav Polzer, IAAI Klagenfurt/Austria www.glocha.info

GloCha – With Systemic Innovation, Knowledge Collaboration and Fun towards Sustainable Cities (10 min)

Dirk Helbing, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich, ETH-SOMS/FuturICT www.futurict.eu

Countering Climate Change with Climate Olypmics (video/skype message)

Felix Dodds – Communitas Coalition for Sustainable Cities & Regions http://communitascoalition.org

Identifying and Measuring the Urban Dimension of SDGs

Jerome Glenn, Millennium Project – Global Futures Studies http://www.millennium-project.org, Washington D.C. & & Blaž Golob, GoForeSight (GFS) Institute, Ljubljana http://www.goforesight.eu/

Ljubljana Forum on the Future of Cities – Video “The Future of Cities” and skype chat


Ravi Karkara, Global Expert Advisor Children & Youth, UN Habitat and UN Millennium Campaign – MyWorld2015 Child and Youth Focal Point +Partnerships/ Co-chair World We Want 2015 Platform http://www.worldwewant2015.org/

Engaging Global Youth in UN System’s Sustainable Development Efforts

Yanuar Nugroho, Director of the President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight Republic of Indonesia

Using Foresight and ICT Innovation for Sustainable development Governance – Good practice Cases from Indonesia

Christina Stevens, Award Winning Author and Film-maker. Recipient of the Gold Lion at the Venice Film Festival

How storytelling can impact social change


As regards IAAI, this OWG7 Side Event aims to present GloCha System’s elements “Global Challenges World Cup – Urban Games”, “GloCha ICT Knowledge and Technology Hub Klagenfurt” and “Global Challenges Centers” and thus complements the IAAI-GloCha Side Event to OWG6UN System Partnering with Civil Society on Resource Mobilization for Sustainable Development” which took place 12 december 2013 in Trusteeship Council Chamber of UN Headquarters in New York (Video-on-demand available on UN Web TV: http://bit.ly/19uM6Mn) where GloCha System’s components “15/15/15 UN Civil Society Resource Mobilization Partnership”, “Global Challenges Giving Pedge” and “Global Youth Music Contest” have been presented.



GloCha (standing for Global Challenges) is a transinstitutional Global Action Network – a Multistakeholder Partnership in United Nations terms – based on the conviction and ethics that every Global Citizen can and shall contribute to sustainable development on local and global level and thus to goals of United Nations system.

GloCha is a brain child of International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges www.glocha.info, an UN ECOSOC and UN DPI accredited Civil Society Organization based in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (Austria).

GloCha System’s functional logic aims at steering/incentivizing billions of decentral and selforganized decision making processes on resource use of global citizens and local communities/cities towards optimal provision of global public goods worldwide for present and future generations (= Sustainable Development Goals!).

Although officially not part of United Nations system, GloCha system’s ambition is to serve as a central knowledge and transaction platform for civil society/youth engagement in UN system and driver of UN System Innovation towards more effectiveness and global citizen participation and to become one day an integral part of a global citizen focused renewed and invigorated UN system.


Miroslav Polzer
International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges (IAAI)
Adress: Neuer Platz 10/I, At 9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee/Austria
Tel.: +43 (0) 664 4203648 (mob/Austria) US cell phone: 646 627 6408   www.glocha.info;  polzer@glocha.info

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