Talanoa Report Delivers Stark Messages to Political Leaders ahead of COP24

Current efforts fall short of keeping global temperature rise to well below 2 °C above pre‐industrial levels and are significantly inadequate for limiting it to 1.5 °C. Concerted efforts must be made to increase global ambition, and the transformation must start today.

This is one of the key messages shared by the Synthesis Report of Preparatory Phase of the Talanoa Dialogue, released today by the COP23 and COP24 Presidencies. The report seeks to reflect the wealth of information shared over the course of the past year in response to the questions of where we are, where we want to go, and how we get there when it comes to dealing with the earth’s changing climate.

The ideas shared in the report aim to help countries take stock of progress toward our long‐term goals and to deliver greater confidence, courage and enhanced ambition as they work to prepare new or enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions, or NDCs, by 2020. We also hope that a wider audience will find this document useful in promoting ambition and guiding future climate action.

Based on the stories shared through the Talanoa Dialogue, the report provides an overview of the existing impacts of climate change, current climate action taking place at all levels, a clear vision for the future, and the steps that must be taken to achieve this vision.

These steps include political leaders, leaders of private sector entities, civil society organizations and
international and regional organizations prioritising climate action in their respective constituencies; national and subnational governments continuing to develop and strengthen national and sectoral institutional, policy and regulatory frameworks for low‐emission and climate‐resilient development; private sector actors continuing, and stepping-up, initiatives and concerted action to reduce emissions and enhance resilience; governments and non‐state actors stepping up efforts to increase and make financial flows consistent with a pathway towards low‐emission and climate‐resilient development; and governments and non‐state actors stepping up efforts to accelerate the development and deployment of breakthrough technologies and innovative solutions.

This report strives to provide a sufficient yet comprehensive starting point for the Political Phase of the Talanoa Dialogue at COP24, when political leadership will convene to consider how to take the next and urgent steps toward more ambitious climate action.