Global call for Ideas

Global Call for Ideas

A turning point for people and planet

In a critical year for climate action and climate justice, we need to keep in mind that climate change is not on pause and is more visible than ever: weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, and weather events are becoming more extreme.

2019 was the second warmest year on record: with a global average temperature of 1.1°C above estima- ted pre-industrial levels, the global community is far off track to meet either the 1.5 or 2°C targets called for in the Paris Agreement.
Climate change is affecting every country on every continent, disrupting national economies and affecting our everyday life on earth: that’s why Milano Digital WeekGlobal Call for Ideas is an international call to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, as a common and global challenge to fight collectively. In the words of the respected naturalist Sir David Attenborough “We are at a turning point, what happens next is up to each one of us”.

Fight Climate Change

The Global Call for ideas is international and open to all the people who want to share their knowledge and innovative ideas to fight climate change and help speed up the Race to Zero, a UN-backed global drive to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Within March 12th, participants must submit their project composed by
  • A videopitch of 3 minutes in English
  • A short abstract of their ideas in English
All the project must be submitted in English.

We’re looking for you!

You can apply individually, in a team or as a startup. The Global Call for Ideas is international and open to all the countries and dedicated to:
  • Young people, university students, graduates and undergra- duates with a desire to change the world;
  • Technology enthusiasts, developers, UX/UI experts, communication experts;
  • Innovators, inquisitive people, aware citizens, active communities and startups.
  • Activists and social entrepreneurs.



The finalists will have the chance to pitch their ideas in front of an esteemed jury and the winner will be featured during the the UN SDG Global Festival of Action, an annual meeting of activists, governments, private sector and innovators dedicated to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The winners will also have the chance to participate in the Big Event organized by Food Wave during the YouthCOP in Milan, in September. The Big Event will consist of three days of debates and initiatives about food and sustainability, with more than 150 selected young participants. Food Wave will cover travel expenses to Milan and accommodation for up to five winners, and it will allow the them to participate in this unique international opportunity.

Food Wave – Empowering Urban Youth for Climate Action- is a project promoted by the Municipality of Milan to increase knowledge, awareness, and engagement of young people on sustainable food consumption patterns and behavior.

The project is co-funded by the European Commission, and it is developed by 30 partners in over 21 locations across 17 countries (16 within the European Union and 1 in the Global South - Brazil). The global network C40 is also an associate of the project.

In the meanwhile

During the opening weeks of #Act4SDGs, a number of 1-to-1 and 1-to-many webinars will be organized to keep the level of engagement high, in-depth coverage of topics related to the challenges of the 2030 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals the Race to Zero and other topical issues relevant to the Call.
Mentorship online
You will have the chance to participate to the online mentorship sessions with innovation industry experts who will guide you in validating their idea helping you to develop a business model consistent with the goals of the challenges and also providing tips and tricks for a perfect video pitch.

January 20

March 12

March 15th

March 17-21



Publication of the ten finalists

Online Event Milano Digital Week

Milano Digital Week 2021
Fairness and Sustainability: in 2021 Milano Digital Week is based on two themes to trace the transformations and constitute the guidelines for our near future.

Again this year Milano Digital Week online it’s an opportunity of meeting, sharing, reflection and interaction about the big themes of the present.

Six days of free and active action, all set online; through digital, changed but also as a booster of changing.
Sustainable Development Goals
The projects of #Act4SDGs are convened in partnership with the UN SDG Action Campaign, as part of the UN’s Decade of Action initiative: a ten year campaign to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The United Nation Sustainable Development Goals are 17 global Goals that aim to build resilience, save our planet and ensure the wellbeing of its citizens, through sustainable development.

This specific initiative is a big collective exercise to help achieve the climate goals, net zero carbon emissions and to redesign the cities of the future through sharing, participation, innovation and sustainability, using the open innovation methodology and the support of the communities.


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