Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

15/15/15 catch phrase indicates that 15 billion Euros and 15 million volunteers shall be mobilized by global civil society for SD efforts by the year 2015; in addition to these easily measurable targets, the initiative aims at innovating the UN system by developing mechanisms for civil society participation in responses to global challenges on local and global level. Thus 15/15/15 voluntary commitment aims at a cultural shift and new institutions (Global Challenges Center at UN HQ in NY, Global Forum on Innovative Resource Mobilization for Education and Science, Global Challenges centers and programs) for civil society participation in SD governance.

Implementation methodologies

-Rio+20 side event "Rio+20 15/15/15 Formula - Heartpower and Action for The Future We Want", 14 Jun 2012 (incl. discussion of a Charter of Shared Social Responsibility for Global Commons)

-discussion of 15/15/15 recommendation Rio Dialogues in Rio+20 Dialogues with Civil Society and mainstreaming of the initiative

-integrating 15/15/15 initiative into next round of Rio+20 Global Youth Music Contest Global Challenges World Cup

-High Profile Fundraising event in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee/Austria location

-development of 15/15/15 documentation system and registry of commitments

-development of volunteers management system

-establishing a Global Forum on Innovative Resource Mobilization for Education and Science

-establishing pilot Global Challenges Centers and Programs in South East European countries and some African countries (for more info see IAAI Annual Report 2011 Global Challenges World Cup)

-channeling financial resources from ODA, Carbon financing, etc. to 15/15/15 programs and cooperating with governments on tax incentives and matching funds.

-further roll-out of the initiative to India, China, etc.

-UN- Civil Society Joint Task Force or Commission for institutional engineering towards integration of public and private resources in a renewed UN system. (see People power & Rio+20 for details)

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges (IAAI) (coordination, concept development, documentation system, quality assurance)
15/15/15 Voluntary Committments initiative is open for endorsement by individuals and organizations

During implementation formalized partnerships will be established with global youth networks and related initiatives of different international organizations like e.g. Volunteer Action Counts campaign of United Nations Volunteers, Earth Charter Youth network, etc.
heartpower of 150 songs in support of 15/15/15 initiative provided through Global Youth Music Contest
150 Global Challenges Centers
pledges of 15 billion Euros for programs of Global Challenges centers and other activities documented through 15/15/15 Global Commons Growth documentation system/ Registry of Committments
15 million volunteers endorsing 15/15/15 Charter of Shared Social responsibility for Global Commons and reporting annually about their implementation of the committment
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Resources devoted to implementation
In-kind contribution
1000 hours of seed volunteer work: promotion of the initiative through Rio+20 Global Youth Music Contest network of national and regional coordinators
Financing (in USD)
10,000 USD
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 2 May
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Action Network
Location: multilevel governance with a focus on multistakeholder partnerships for global commons growth on local level
Date of completion: 2015-06-30
Operating in countries
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
Miroslav Polzer,

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