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Building the Grand Coalition for Climate Action with Youth, Music and...


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Fiji - the country holding the presidency of the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference COP23 - is calling the world to form a Grand Coalition for Climate Action, which includes not only national governments, but also cities, regions, companies, academia, civil society - all of humanity.

Young people all over the world are responding positively to this call as they know that their future wellbeing is strongly dependent on effective climate action taken today, but these young people need easily accessible entry points, they need knowledge, access to technology and financial resources for meaningful and rewarding participation in the Grand Coalition for Climate Action.

At this side event, held at Fiji COP23 presidency pavilion - we will present a set of initiatives for youth empowerment for climate action - gamechanging social and technological innovations - which shall overcome the missing link between youth and global climate action.

We are going to start the event with a general introduction to the topic #YouthLoveClimateAction and the presentation of the large scale resource mobilization campaign #GiveYouthAChance based on outcomes of the workshop Call for Resources for Youth Climate Action/Climate Action Giving Pledg which will take place 3rd of November in the context of the 13th Conference of Youth (COY13). (Speakers: Julia Theilen, Timothy Damon, Simone Borggreve, Anna Polzer, YOUNGO Global South Scholarship recipients)

Next we are going to present our plans for the Global Challenges Youth Music Contest 2018 #GYMC18. This initiative is a combination of an online music video contest and a global live TV edutainment show (to be held during the California Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco in September 2018) which provides young people an opportunity to communicate their visions of a sustainable world and for building bridges between the hearts and the minds in support of blod climate action. (Speakers and performers: Christina Stevens, Taynaah Reis and Alex Zekai Wang)

Third element fo the event will be the presentation of advanced information and communication technology solutions (with a focus on blockchain technology) in support of resource mobilization for youth climate action as well as in support of the Global Challenges Youth Music Contest. IAAI is going to present its plans for a data partnership towards documentation, evaluation and incentivization of youth climate action in the context of the UNFCC NAZCA climate action platform and Moeda, a crypto credit union for sustainable development, is going to present blockchain based technological solutions for peer-to-peer funding of artists and young social entrepreneurs which in future shall provide support and funding for a wide range of sustainable development related artistic expression and entrepreneurship. (Note: information regarding the latter part of the program is going to be showcased at a "Blockchain for Climate Action" exhibit booth at the COP23 conference). Speakers: Ari Eisenstat & Taynaah Reis, Moeda, Miroslav Polzer, IAAI)

The event organizers will invite also a representative of the COP23 presidency in order to symbolically enter a partnership in support of the formation of the Grand Coalition and to ask in return COP23 presidency for support in communicatin ghte youth call for resources to the wealth holders of the world and in particular the signatories of teh Giving Pledge)