Arts Help launches $6 million fund to digitize climate library

Nonprofit aid for the arts is launching a $6 million fund to build the world’s first digital climate library to provide public access to the archives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The UNFCCC, which was formed in 1992, has more than 1.7 million treaty-related paper documents, many of which are in poor condition and organized using outdated cataloging methods, according to Arts Help founder Mo Ghoneim.

Gonhiem wants to digitize documents, audiovisual recordings and transcripts that are stored in analog formats. The goal is to preserve the long legacy of the treaty and make the archives searchable and available to anyone.

“We really saw an opportunity to leverage our ability to integrate innovation and technology, arts and creativity to support this project and bring it to life,” Ghoneim told TechCrunch+, adding that the UNFCCC has recognized the urgency of this initiative.