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What is the CIS?

The Climates International Summit (CIS) is an international networking meeting of the CliMates community.
In addition to our mates, scientists, other experts and interested parties participate in the summit. To strengthen this unique international youth-led community with more than 400 members from over 30 different countries, the CIS takes place every two years.
In addition to CliMates International/France, the branches CliMates Austria, CliMates Indonesia, CliMates Mali and CliMates Nepal are the organizers of this week-long conference.

Objectives of CIS

Networking and strengthening the CliMates community
Brainstorm on new projects and strategic directions for CliMates
Develop the skills needed to make a difference on both an international and local level
Exchange established practices, scientific methods and results, as well as, capacity building between experts, associations, and students
Showcase CliMates activities and share its creative and innovative tools to tackle climate change
Promote growth of our network and strengthen the activities in Austria

Where and when?

After Paris in 2012, New York in 2014, Rabat in 2016, the CliMates International Summit 2018 will be held in Vienna, Austria.
It will take place from the 4th to the 10th of June in different venues around town.

Program overview

Monday 04.06 - Euro Plaza
Global Challenges on Climate Action, Oceans and Migration - CliMates International - Opening ceremony

Tuesday 05.06 - BOKU - Gregor Mendel-Haus
Argriculture and Biodiversity - CliMates Nepal - Alternative World Cafe

Wednesday 06.06 - Euro Plaza
Citizen-led lobbying and political influence - CliMates International -Strategy meeting

Thursday 07.06 - Nordbahnhalle
Climate Justice, Human Rights and Gender - CliMates Indonesia - Heatwave in MyCity

Friday 08.06 - BOKU - Quatier Alte WU
Empowering and educating the next climate generation - CliMates Mali - COP in MyCity

Saturday 09.06 - Afroasiatisches Institut
Circular Economy, Waste and Energy -CliMates Austria - Innov’ Waste

Sunday 10.06
Strengthening the CliMates community - Brunch - Closing Ceremony



  #Day1 - When it all started!

Our 4th International Summit began on Monday 4th of June at the Europlaza in Vienna, Austria. 
Topic of the day ? Global challenges for climate action, oceans and migration.

After the Opening Ceremony, we received several speakers to talk about Collaborative Action & SDGs. 
Thank you again to Fritz Hinterberger from #SERIJohanna Schäfer from BonnFiji - a Citizen-driven SDGs Action Network, Irma Salzer from Austrian Green Party, Johannes Wahlmüller from Global 2000, Josef Mantl from Al Gore Foundation, Miroslav Polzer from IAAI, Martine Crowe CliMates and Johannes Pfister from Think Camp.

Following this 1st panel of the week, we invited Sea Shepherd Österreich - Verein zum Schutz des Meeres for a debate on oceans. 
And to end the day, we organized a serious game to sensitize the participants about climate migration! 
What a day! 

Invigorated by the success of the first day, the #CIS’s team brought the participants on board for an early field trip. They discovered what aquaponics, a combination of fish-farming and other traditional cultures, looks like in urban settings. 
Topic of the day? Agriculture and Biodiversity. 
To open the debate, a first panel on “Are we ready to change our agricultural systems?” took place at BOKU - Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (University of Natural and Life Sciences). An engaging discussion, moderated by Mathilde Thn (CliMates), was held thanks to Waltraud Novak (Global 2000), an expert in pesticide reduction, Melanie Ossenberger, member of FIAN Österreich who brought a political and human-rights based perspective to the debate, Franz Nahrada (GIVE Laboratory) & David Steinwender (Transition Graz) who both highlighted community-based approaches. 
The participants then broke into 4 groups for a playful workshop held by Anne-Sophie Lh and Sofia Kabbej (CliMates) on the Ecological Constitution project. Each group was assigned to a country (USA, China, France & South Africa), were given the country’s Constitution for a prompt overview and were asked to come up with suggestions that would help integrating climate and environmental issues into it. 
Another workshop on CliMates’ project, moderated by Jason J. Dozier(CliMates), asked the audience to brainstorm on Gender & Migration issues with the aim to reflect on the intricacy of such topics and to find innovative approaches. ♀♂
Day 2 ended with a second panel discussing Biodiversity in rural and urban settings, with Anne-Sophie Lh as moderator, Janin Salzger (Jane Goodall Institut - Austria), Jürgen Preiss (Environmental Protection Department at BOKU Vienna), Vera Enzi (#GrünstattGrau) & Harald Meimberg, (Institute for integrative nature conservation research, BOKU Vienna).
And this what just the beginning of the week! 

#Day3 - The Summit kept going !

By the third day the #CIS team has developed a dynamic, which was felt throughout the whole day and the night as well. 
The topic of the day was ‘Citizen-led lobbying and political influence’, which attracted several young changemakers with diverse nationalities to attend and engage with the packed panels and workshops. 
The morning ice-breaker was characterized by music and dance moves taken from the UNFCCC and it was followed by a ‘Participation Workshop’ facilitated by CliMates, namely Joséphine Moz and Viktor Josa
The workshop was built around the concept of meaningful and efficient youth participation in decision-making processes and on building and developing pitching skills - A participatory workshop full of role-plays and feedbacks. 
The panel discussion on youth delegates and citizen assemblies consisted of a mixed and packed bunch of intersectoral actors with different perspectives on political and civil representation. We heard experiences from youth delegates on climate, as well as environmental health and followed the insights of a young WWF representative from the climate policy lobby. 
There was a clear presence of activism in the atmosphere at the EuroPlaza, which served as an ideal location to connect during and between the sessions. 
Thanks to supporters of CIS, finger-food and ice tea was provided on-site, allowing the participants to share laughs and exchange lobbying experiences during the lunch break. 
The exceptionally warm June weather in Vienna was felt in the event room named ‘Madrid’, which was filled with participants for the afternoon panel on CO2 tax and international law. The selective assembly of speakers organized and invited by CliMates Austria has resulted in a timeless debate between the panelists with open questions and inputs from the audience. 
Fostering intergenerational dialogue is a core value of CliMates and this panel discussion has demonstrated how it can be organized and facilitated by youth. The conclusion was drawn and supported from different angles, that CO2 tax is completely feasible and desired by most stakeholders and that we are literally on the corner of starting to implement it on national levels. 
The batteries of the technical equipment were exhausted earlier than the content and the feed of this interesting debate. 
Day 3 was closed by a strategic workshop on enhancing the capacity of CliMates international by organizatory restructuring of the Advisory Board, which is the body that provides strategic advice to the board of CliMatesInternational.
Once again, a day full of surprises and fruitful meetings in Vienna

#Day4 - New day, new place!

This 4th day took place in Nordbahnhalle, a fancy retrofitted area, converted in artsy open spaces very conducive to discussions. 
The day started with an interactive workshop on Gender & Climate Change, where participants had to embody diverse characters and understand the intricacies of gender norms on people’s opportunities to avoid, escape and recover from a flood scenario. 
The group then had a privileged discussion with professor Sigrid Stagl from WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien), on environmental economics. 
Joséphine Moz (CliMates) moderated the first panel of the day on Food Security, responsible consumption and sustainable cities with Helene Glatter-Götz (WWF Austria), Daniel Podmirseg (vertical farm institute), Jesse Ojobor (UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization) & Hartwig Kirner (#Fairtrade Austria). 
A second panel moderated by Alexandra Lutz (CliMates) was held on Climate Change, Human rights and vulnerable groups. 
Christoph Wiedmer (Society for Threatened People) and Fabian Vaca (Startup Grind) both brought up the special needs and challenges encountered by indigenous people. Mathilde Thn (Gender & Climate Changeproject) placed the focus on women’s special needs. 
Johannes Gutmann (SONNENTOR), organic farmer highlighted local solutions while Julio Alejandro (Jada) brought up bigger-scale responses to vulnerable groups: the use of block chains for more transparency and climate action. 
Day 4 ended on a workshop held by Mark Ortiz (CliMates) on Environmental Justice. 
Based on an ongoing legal case involving young USA citizens, a few volunteers performed a trial in front of the audience to unravel the subtleties of the climate change rhetoric in courts. 

#Day 5 -Focus on Education

The 5th day of the #CIS took place in BOKU - Universität für Bodenkultur Wien to tackle the topic of education.
After a short ice-breaker when the participants were able to show their dancing skills, they were invited to create the new project for CliMates! The first team proposed a project on the topic of education, with the aim to raise awareness to a wide audience and develop innovative forms of learning in green schools. The other team imagined building Clim’Cultures, a project which focuses on culture and art in all its forms, with the ambition to organize an “Exhibition in my city”, in order to use culture to touch people about climate change. It was astonishing to see both projects taking shape with those ideas sharing and brainstorming moment among the participants. 
The topic of the day was Education. Joséphine Moz shared her views about education and the importance of sharing emotions and culture to convey climate change information.
We had the honor to welcome Miriam Bahn, Sybille Chiari (Boku GW/N), Gerhard Bisovksy (Secretary General of the Association of Austrian Adult Education Centres) and Natalia Lever (The Climate Reality Project Europe). Christophe Richter (Chay – Ya) shared with the audience his experience abroad, his views about technology, which can be a great tool to educate, but this is not the most important.
They all shared with us their knowledge but also invited us to apprehend differently the learning process.
This self-explanatory equation can summarize the message that the panelists conveyed :
EDUCATION = knowledge transfer + EMPOWERMENT 
It was very comprehensive and the Mates could relate to this message as the motto of Climates is to empower the climate generation!
In other words, knowledge is power but enthusiasm pulls the switch! In order to convey a message, we must empower people to act upon the knowledge they receive.
This panel was moderated by the vibrant Clara Porak (CliMates Austria).
Then, Bhuwan Giri presented CliMates Nepal.
They managed to create an organization affiliated to Climates, to raise awareness among young people and in the schools, they conducted different projects on many topics such as the plastic waste. Bhuwan shared with us his experience, how he began to commit to the organization, how Climates Nepal mobilizes so many people on social media.
Before closing this day, a simulation of a committee crisis during a heat wave in Vienna, mobilized the participants to think about new solutions in order to solve this complex issue and to adapt. 
They learned by doing and practicing the negotiation as real stakeholders. 
A busy day for all these empowered participants! 

#Day6 & #Day7 - The end 

On the morning of the 6th day, everyone needed a coffee to get some energies after the event at The Loft the evening before. Once everybody ready, we started the day with an ice-breaker. After that, we had started our day 6 dedicated to Circular Economy, Waste & Energy at the Afroasiatiches Institute.

We started by an unpredicted workshop about creating a Community, and what ‘community’ means for us, in order to know what members expect from being part of CliMates, and how they consider CliMates as a community.

Then we had our first amazing panel on Energy, technology and Blockchain, led by our talentuous Alexandra Lutz. We were glad to listen to Jude Kafeero from UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization, to Peter Püspök from Dachveband Erneuerbare Energien, to Bertrand Magne from #SE4All, to Alexey Shadrin from the Russian Carbon Fund and to Stefan Gara from #NEOS, talking about energy challenges, unequal redistribution of energy and problems of investments in this sector.

Then we had a Workshop led by Mark Ortiz on Talanoa Dialogue, to sensibilize Mates about issues we’ll have to deal with, how did we get there, and what could be done to solve those environmental issues. The Talanoa word is used in Fiji and across the Pacific to refer to participatory, inclusive and transparent dialogue. It creates a new form of dialogue based on the storytelling. The participants were invited to share their experiences and their views about climate change, to imagine a common vision and the means to achieve it.

We followed with a simulation of COP, which is the COP in MyCity, animated by Viktor Josa. We all embodied a State or a group of States (USA, Europe, India,China, other developed countries, other developing countries…) and were supposed to achieve the goal of not having a rise of temperature over 2 degrees, but during the negotiations, we realized the difficulty of reaching a consensus. 
Then we mixed both the debate on Waste Management and Upcycling, with the conference on Innov’Waste. This activity was moderated by Viktor and Santeri and we had some inspiring discussions with Bernhard Zlanabitnig from Umweltdachverband, Ferdinand Koch from denkstatt, Nadine Papai from Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker and Adriana Bascone, a student in Waste management at BOKU - Universität für Bodenkultur Wien

“ Recycling is a symptom of poor design” - M. Leube

Finally, to end this busy and exciting Summit, the 7th day was dedicated to the outcomes of both organizers and participants regarding this week in Vienna.

Stay tuned, photos and videos will be available soon on our website www.weareclimates.org ! 


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Gebaeude G

Am Europl. 2

1120 Vienna

Room: Room Madrid

BOKU (University of Natural

Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna)


Gregor-Mendel Straße 33

1180 Vienna



Innstraße 16

1020 Vienna

Room: Magazin

Afroasiatisches Insitut

Tuerkenstraße 3

1090 Vienna

Room: Großer Saal+Seminarraum (ground floor and first floor)

BOKU (University of Natural

Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna)

Quatier Alte WU

Augasse 2-6

1180 Vienna

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The Loft

Lerchenfelder Gürtel 37,

1160 Vienna