Knowledge, Technology and Innovation for Climate Action Empowerment, UN STI Forum 2019 Side Event, 15 May 2019, UN HQ NY



UN STI Forum 2019 Side Event


Diverse Approaches to Climate Action and Resilience:

Harnessing Knowledge and Technology to Empower Society

Date: Wednesday, 15th of May 2019, 6.30 – 8.00 PM

Venue: Conference Room 11, United Nations Headquarters, New York City



Main Organizers:     

     International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges (IAAI) and

     Engineers Without Borders-California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Student Chapter


Co-organizing Partners: 


I. Event Context and Event Intervention Logic

Effectively addressing the challenges brought about by climate change (= implementation of SDG13) will require effective mobilization of all stakeholders, especially young people, around the world.

This side event will present diverse approaches of engaging and equipping stakeholders to take action on climate change mitigating and adaptation through knowledge, technology and innovation.

Systematic solutions towards harnessing different sources of knowledge, technology and innovation will be explored through four thematic clusters. These include: (1) technology-facilitated mass mobilization for climate action (GloCha #ActionNow campaign); (2) sustainable energy entrepreneurship capacity building based on blockchain technology; (3) the critical role of local and indigenous knowledge, as well as nature-based solutions, in climate change observation, adaption, mitigation, and resilience; and (4) suggestions to the United Nations system to facilitate youth empowerment for climate action. I

II. Program outline

     Opening remarks, context setting / introduction 

  •       Miroslav Polzer, IAAI GloCha
  •         Taylor Klein, UN MGCY & Engineers without Borders
  •         Saad Amer,YOUNGO      

     Thematic Cluster 1: The Multistakeholder partnership GloCha and the role of knowledge, technology and innovation in youth empowerment for climate action

  • Miroslav Polzer & Jerrica Rai Whitlock IAAI GloCha, (GloCha COP24 poster, #ActionNow campaign flyer)
  • John Crowley, UNESCO Management of Social Transformations Programme (video message)
  • Ed Erenberg, (cheerity capabilities for ActionNow)
  • Andrew Macdonald, Friendship Ambassadors Foudation
  • Laura Weiland, ECOS & Omega Ceter for Sustainable Living; (4 minutes each)

     Thematic Cluster 2: Blockchain technology and digital reporting as enabling technologies for climate action / climate entrepreneurship

     Thematic Cluster 3: Critical role of local and indigenous knowledge, as well as nature-based solutions, in climate change observation, adaption, and mitigation, as well as in building more resilient communities  (16 minutes)

  •         David O’Connor, International Union for Conservation of Nature
  •         Silvia Ribeiro, ETC Group

     Thematic Cluster 4: Discussion with youth representatives, UN system representatives and Memebr states on how the global community can support youth empowerment for climate action through technology, knowledge and innovation (15 minutes)

Open question/answer discussion (10 minutes)

III Goals and Objectives

  • Inform: participants about the multiple ways to engaging all stakeholders in the process of taking action on climate change with a broad and systemic perspective on different providers of relevant knowledge (including local and indigenous knowledge), formal and informal education, harnessing potentials of emerging  technologies (like e.g. blockchain technology) and technology deployment ecosystems.
  • Discuss: how different stakeholders, and especially youth, can be engaged in climate action.
  • Document: relevant recommendations, specifically toward upcoming UN meetings as part of the TFM, UN SG Climate Summit preparations, UNFCCC COP25, 74th session of UN General Assembly

IV. Key topics and questions for discussioHow can the UN system better engage and empower non-state actors in climate action and resilience?

  1. How can the UN system better engage and empower non-state actors in climate action and resilience?
  2. What technological tools exist that can be used to empower (youth) climate action? How are they being implemented?
  3. What tools exist to leverage and integrate local and indigenous knowledge, nature-based solutions, and systems-approaches for climate action and resilience into policies?
  4. How can indigenous groups and local stakeholders be engaged in developing, implementing, and scaling solutions to climate change?
  5. How can local communities be engaged in providing data for critically assessing progress on SDG 13? What unique role does citizen science play in promoting this? 

V. References

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