COP23 and COP24 Presidencies Release New Information on Next Steps for the Talanoa Dialogue

The COP23 and COP24 Presidencies have released important new information about the Talanoa Dialogue, including on the organisation of the political phase and the expected outcome.

Speaking last week during an informational webinar organised by the Presidencies, the COP24 Chief Negotiator, Adam Guibourgé-Czetwertyński, said the that the Talanoa Dialogue is the most important high-level event that will take place at COP24 in Katowice.

Mr. Guibourgé-Czetwertyński gave an overview of the approach to the political phase of the Talanoa Dialogue at COP24, and stressed that the two Presidencies have been working closely to determine the best way to organise the Dialogue to ensure that they achieve the same positive atmosphere that was celebrated during the May Sessions in Bonn.

He stressed that the ultimate goal of the Dialogue is to give Parties the instruments they need to make decisions by 2020 regarding their emission reduction targets that are in line with Paris Agreement. “We hope the discussions that will be had at a high-level on the collective efforts to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement can inform the Parties when they go back home to decide on the preparation of their Nationally-Determined Contributions (NDCs) for what is feasible, what they can do, and how we can ensure we reach the goals of the Paris agreement,” he said.

COP23 Chief Negotiator Luke Daunivalu gave an overview of the progress so far, emphasising the growing momentum around the globe as stakeholders continue to take up the Talanoa approach.

“The mobilsation at both the global and local levels is truly wonderful to see,” he said.

He said that the Presidencies had already begun work on the report that will synthesise all the information and ideas from the many submissions that have been made through the online portal, as well as the summaries from Talanoas that have been held around the world. This report will be the foundation for the political phase.

Ambassador Daunivalu said that the Presidencies are also working on guidance for ministers that will help them prepare their stories and engage effectively with the Non-Party Stakeholders (NPS) who will be participating in the political phase.

“We are hopeful that the Talanoa Dialogue will be a useful forum for engaging a wide stakeholder community in a comprehensive, collaborative and effective manner and that it will create an avenue for finding common solutions to the climate change threat. The aim is to generate more momentum and increased ambition for the NDCs that countries will be compiling,” he said.

The ambassador added that it will be up to each country to decide how to make best use of the Dialogue. “For our at, it is up to the Presidencies to ensure that the outputs we produce are clear, helpful and accessible – that they are useful tools that countries can use for their NDCs. We hope that political leaders will be able to put the great wealth of information that has been shared to use as they work to prepare new or updated NDCs,” he said.

Other important information that was shared:

  • The opening of the Talanoa Dialogue on 11 December will include a presentation on the IPCC’s Special Report on 1.5 Degrees
  • NPS will be included in the ministerial roundtables, and the Presidencies are working on guidelines to ensure this participation is commensurate with the status and level of the dialogue that will be amongst ministers and in some cases leaders
  • The outcome of the Talanoa Dialogue will send a “high-level signal” on increasing the ambition of national emissions reduction targets
  • The Presidencies are looking into whether there will be a COP decision for the Talanoa Dialogue. It is important to strike an appropriate balance between different views and this is something Parties will have to work on
  • Guidance for Parties and NPS is currently being prepared and will be released well ahead of COP24
  • Energy and enthusiasm for the Talanoa approach will carry forward into 2019

Listen to the full webinar: