Fiji Bringing the Talanoa Spirit to the Global Climate Action Summit

The next milestone of the Talanoa Dialogue will take place at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in California, where the Fijian COP23 President, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, is hosting a Talanoa on 12 September 2018 on the rapid transition to net-zero emission societies.

The high-level event will set the stage for GCAS by bringing together leaders of national and sub-national governments, private sector CEOs and the heads of various civil society organisations to share stories from their own experiences and perspectives about how the world can achieve net-zero emissions within the next handful of decades.

The Talanoa will be hosted by Fijian Prime Minister and COP23 President Frank Bainimarama. Participants include Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change Patricia Espinosa, former President of the Republic of Ireland Mary Robinson, Executive Chairman of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. Anand Mahindra, and the eighth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California Marc Andrus, among many others.

“We are convening a diverse group of leaders from all levels of government, the private sector and civil society – important and influential voices from the Grand Coalition leading the charge against climate change – to seek fresh ideas and fresh inspiration to hasten the transition to a more resilient world with net-zero emissions. There is no time to waste and certainly no time to back track on climate action. We urgently need to set ourselves on a new track, and a much faster track, toward a safer, more secure and more prosperous future,” said Prime Minister Bainimarama.

Following the High-Level Talanoa, the COP23 Presidency – together with the Rockefeller Foundation and the Climate Policy Initiative – will also host a finance-themed Talanoa on Friday, 14 September 2018.

This event will bring together key actors and thought leaders from across the financial system who will share inspirational and thought-provoking stories on what is needed to put the world on a fast-track to net-zero emissions and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Prime Minister and others in the Presidency team will participate in other events in the formal program of the Global Climate Action Summit.

Event Details

High-Level Talanoa at GCAS – “Rapid Transition to a Net-Zero Society”

Time: 12 September 2018, 2pm – 4.10pm

Organiser: The Fijian COP23 Presidency and the Office of the Governor of the State of California

Participation by invitation only

Finance Talanoa at GCAS – “Financing the Road to Resilience and Net-Zero Economies”

Time: 14 September 2018, from 8am – 10am

Organiser: The Fijian COP23 Presidency, Climate Policy Initiative and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Participation by invitation only