Sunday 22nd August 2021

All Day                       International Delegates arrive in Tallinn;  Registration
Afternoon                  Final Briefing Sessions
17.00 – 18.00              Reception to welcome all delegates;
18.00 – 20.00              Official opening Ceremony: Who we are? Why we’re here? What we plan to Achieve?
20.00 – 22.00              Dinner

Monday 23rd August 2021

09.00 – 10.00 Registration and coffee

10.00 – 10.10  Opening Speech by Keit Kasemets, Head of European Commission representation in Estonia  

10.10 – 10.30  Opening Plenary – Explanation of the Conference Goals
Moderator: David Woollcombe, President of Peace Child International

  • Explanation of Format, scope and distribution plans for the “Tallinn Declaration”
  • Summary of the Content + Progress Report on the implementation, of the UN75 Declaration;
  • Progress Report on the implementation the SDGs, focusing on the setbacks caused by the COVID-19 crisis + identification of other main obstacles to achieving the Goals;
  • Introduce the Green New Deal Concept – identifying different versions of it and the initiatives that have grown out of them; Combating climate change – key goals to be achieved at Glasgow Summit in November 2021
  • Citizens Priorities for dealing with the Climate Emergency
  • Introduce the Creative Workshop programme designed to flesh out the 21st Century Peace Child story and develop performance pieces for use in the closing ceremony

Key Speakers:

  • Eili Lepik, Deputy Strategy Director of Strategy Unit of Estonian State Chancellery
  • Susan Lee, Spokesperson for Global Assembly
  • David Woollcombe, President of Peace Child International

11.00 – 12.30  Practical Strategies to resolve the Climate Emergency
Halting and reversing global warming by transforming global consumption patterns and investing in clean energy

Moderator:  Ms. Anneli Ohvril, Let`s Do it World Foundation (Estonia)
Panel Speakers / Experts:

  • „EU climate action and the European Green Deal: more ambitious climate targets“,
    Jane Õispuu, (Head of Political Team, European Commission Representation in Estonia)
  • „Adaptation to climate change in local government“,
    Ivo Krustok (Climate adviser at the Ministry for Environment of Estonia)
  • „Practical Solutions to the Climate Emergency developed in the USA“
    Harrison Pollak, (Environmental lawyer, USA (video)
  • „News to Reuse“,
    Abigail Wordsworth, (Civil Activists, UK)

12.30 – 13.30 Buffet Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 Practical Strategies to achieve a Green New Deal / sustainable Economic Growth, Smart Cities and Full Employment
Innovation: Digital solutions that support the development of smart city & civil society and combat climate change create a sustainable future. Achieving sustainable growth and job creation by investing in resource efficiency and the green economy + sustainable tourism that involves local communities and social entrepreneurs.

Moderator:  Agnes Kuimet, Estonian Roundtable for Development Cooperation

Panel Speakers / Experts:

  • “Tallinn as a Digitally smart and resource efficient green City”
  • Toomas Türk, Head of Future City, Tallinn City Government
  • “Seeking Sustainability in a multi-cultural city”
    Vinod Tailor, (Head of Luton Sustainability Project, UK)
  • “Input of civil society in combating of climate change and achievement of sustainable growth for creation of sustainable future
    Gonzalo del Castillo, Director of consulting centre on sustainability CeSUS /executive Director of the Club of Rome (Argentina)
  • Nordic Innovations in achieving more sustainable life by combating climate change for more sustainable future through investments in Datacenters and clean Energy – Janne Rajala, Senior Cloud and Enterprise Architect, Onrego Oy (Finland, online)

15.00 – 15.30  Coffee  Break

15.30 – 18.30 Workshop THREE: Global Citizens Assembly session: Developing Practical Strategies to reinvent democracy and build a stronger UN

To build on the ideas agreed at Tallinn Conference in February 2020, Sousse Conference in September 2020 for Digital Human Rights Declaration 2.0 and a UN strengthened by the development of digital democracies and international citizens’ assemblies on key issues;

Democracy has remained largely unchanged since the Greeks invented it 2600 years ago. Systems that worked for small city states like Athens cannot deal with the massive challenges faced by a global family of nearly 8 billion people. There has been much talk of UN reform, “reinventing multi-lateralism” and “strengthening the UN” (the phrase that appears in the UN75 Declaration) – but what should this look like in practice. Rich Wilson has been exploring this field for several decades first with Involve and, more recently, with the Global Assembly – an effort to achieve global buy-in to COP-26 in Glasgow. In this session, he will present the background and goals of his work in this field, explain the progress on the Global Assembly – and invite thoughts / comments from the Panel and then from the audience. 

Moderator:  David Woollcombe, Peace Child International

15.30 – 15.50 Presentation: Susan Lee, Spokesperson for Global Assembly (GA)

15.50 – 16.30  Panel ONE: – UN  & Government, Academic and civil society representatives Panel – respond/discuss GA concept;

  • Marten Kaevats, Estonian National Digital Advisor, Estonian State Chancellery
  • Mahmoud Ezzat, Bibliotheca Alexandrina
  • Jenni Kauppila, Advocacy Work Officer, UN Association of Finland (online, Zoom)
  • Natalie Samarasinghe, Director of UN Association of United Kingdom (online, Zoom)
  • David Wardrop – UNA-UK & Westminster (UK)
  • Richard Ponzio – Stimson Center / Together First (online)
  • Jean Kostrzewski, SOAS, London University , (UK)
  • Celso Soares, Culture Face (Portugal)

17.30 – 18.15 Delegate Round TablesDiscuss & reach conclusions / suggestions for GA concept & its viability as a permanent contribution to global governance

17.30 – 18.15 Report back from Round Tables; Final words from Susan Lee, Spokesperson for Global Assembly

20.00 – 22.00 Gala Dinner (to include report back / short performance from Creative Workshop)

Tuesday, 24th  August 2021  – Continue Monday’s Workshops

Morning & Afternoon
–  Delegates visit key institutions and factories in Tallinn;
–  Small Drafting group prepares first draft of Tallinn Declaration;
–  Creative Workshops Continue
Evening – Cultural performances by Creative Workshop participants, Estonian & other performance groups

10.00 – 11.00  Report Back & Discuss agreements & ideas from Monday’s sessions
Recruit volunteers to serve on Drafting Group of Tallinn Declaration
11.00 – 13.30  Working groups I in drafting the Tallinn Declaration parts
11.00 – 18.30  Creative Workshops start & continue on their own Time-table
12.30 – 13.30 Buffet Lunch
13.30 – 16.00 Study visits to Estonian companies, organizations / institutions + networking.

  • Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu)
  • NGO Mondo
  • NGO Let’s do it World

16.00 – 16.15  Coffee  Break

16.00 – 17.00  Working groups II in drafting the Tallinn Declaration parts

19.00 – 20.00 Dinner in the city centre of Tallinn and free evening

Wednesday, 25th  August 2021

10.00 – 13.00  International Citizens’ Assembly – to consider & amend Tallinn Declaration
–  Small Drafting Group present / circulate their draft of the Tallinn Declaration;
–  One Expert + One Youth from each Theme Workshop + the Creative Workshop respond & propose amendments;
–  Small Group discussions of issues and amendments in the Round Table / World Café Format;
–  Each Amendment is put to the Assembly for a vote to accept / dismiss; Final vote prioritises all amendments;

13.00 – 14.00  Official Closing Lunch
14.00 – 15.00  Evaluation and wrap-up session; Acknowledgement Ceremony & certificates
15.00               DEPARTURES – Free Time