The Talanoa Dialogue is building momentum as more and more stakeholders begin to participate in this new approach to urgently increasing the ambition of countries’ , known as “NDCs.”
Through its leadership of the COP23 Presidency, Fiji is taking a Pacific concept of grassroots storytelling, consensus building and decision making to the world.
The Talanoa Dialogue represents a radical departure from the formal negotiating process by creating an open space where countries, cities, businesses, civil society, faith-based organisations, indigenous communities, youth groups and others can share their ideas and experiences and learn from each other without fear of finger pointing or recrimination.
Speaking at the second Climate Action Pacific Partnership Conference, COP23 President Frank Bainimarama said, “More and more people are opening their minds to the possibility that talanoa might be a better way of deciding what we can all deliver under the Paris Agreement than pointing the finger at someone else or engaging in self-defeating arguments.”
The Talanoa Dialogue is carried out in two phases: the preparatory phase, which runs until the beginning of COP24 in December, and the political phase, which will take place during COP24 amongst political leaders.
During the preparatory phase, all stakeholders are invited to submit written inputs that respond to one of the three central questions that guide the Talanoa:
• Where are we now?
• Where do we want to go?
• How do we get there?
To date, more than a thousand stories have been shared as part of the formal process. There are already 33 published inputs from Parties and 240 published inputs from Non-Party stakeholders, with the Presidencies encouraging everyone, especially the Parties, to provide written submissions. On top of these, more than 700 stories were shared during the Talanoas at the May Sessions.
But beyond the written submissions, the Presidencies have also called on stakeholders to organise events in support of the Talanoa Dialogue, to help prepare their submissions and to approach these important questions in the spirit of talanoa. In other words, share your stories in an inclusive and positive atmosphere focused on finding common solutions rather than laying blame. The ultimate goal is to share your story, listen to the stories of others and, hopefully, inspire greater ambition and action on the ground.
The Fijian Presidency is very pleased by the amount of Talanoa activity already taking place around the globe. Important multilateral events such as the European Union Talanoa, and African Climate Week have been convened, with other regional talanoas, such as the African Climate Talks, the EU-Serbia Talanoa, the Asia-Pacific Climate Week Talanoa and the Pacific Leaders’ Talanoa, taking place worldwide.
Other important alliances and networks have also readily embraced the concept. The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues, coordinated by ICLEI, are taking place in more than 40 countries around the globe. And the Global Adaptation Forum met earlier in the year to help shape its contribution.
At the national level, talanoas have already taken place in France, Serbia, Estonia and many other countries. A number of very productive discussions have also taken place as part of larger gatherings, such as ICC Talanoa Dialogue Roundtable held on the margins of SB48 in Bonn, the Talanoa on gender at CBA12 in Malawi, and the Talanoa Dialogue at the World Farmers Organization General Assembly, to give but a few examples.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg, with many others holding talanoas within their sectors, within their professional networks, and even with their clients.*
As this momentum continues to grow, we encourage anyone with a stake in the global campaign against climate change to consider how they can participate in a Talanoa of their own, whether it is within your own organisation, within your network, with your local or national government, within your local community, or even informally with your friends.
The Talanoa Dialogue is ultimately based on the notion that no single actor can solve the climate challenge on their own – that the whole world must join together in a collective effort to make the transition to net-zero emissions as quickly as possible. This will only work with a solid foundation of trust and cooperation between all stakeholders, and we believe that the Talanoa Dialogue is how we start building this foundation.
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