COP 22 and COP 23 Presidencies Outline Approach to Facilitative Dialogue 2018
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The note sets out the main features of the Talanoa Dialogue, including that it should: be constructive, facilitative and solutions-oriented; and avoid discussions of a confrontational nature where individual Parties or groups of Parties are singled out.

The dialogue will be conducted in the spirit of the Pacific tradition of talanoa, which enables an inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue, leading to decision making for the collective good.

1 November 2017: In preparation for the UN Climate Change Conference, the Presidencies of the 22nd and 23rd sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC issued an informal note on inclusive and transparent consultations on the organization of the 2018 Facilitative Dialogue, or the ‘Talanoa Dialogue.’

The note sets out the main features of the Talanoa Dialogue, including that it should: be constructive, facilitative and solutions-oriented; avoid discussions of a confrontational nature where individual Parties or groups of Parties are singled out; and be conducted in the spirit of the Pacific tradition of talanoa, which enables an inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue, leading to decision making for the collective good.

The dialogue is expected to be structured around three general topics of “where we are,” “where we want to go,” and “how we get there.” It will include a preparatory and a political phase, both co-led by the COP 23 and COP 24 Presidencies.

The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C is anticipated to inform the Talanoa Dialogue.

The preparatory phase will include technical discussions and seek to build a strong foundation for the political phase. It envisions: cooperation among Parties and non-Party stakeholders on convening national, regional or global events in support of the Talanoa Dialogue; and contributions through various inputs, including the Technical Examination Process (TEP) and Global Climate Action (GCA).

The political phase, to take place at COP 24, will build on the preparatory phase. It will bring together high-level Party representatives to take stock of collective efforts in relation to progress towards the long-term goal of the Paris Agreement on climate change, and include roundtables.

The outputs of the Talanoa Dialogue will include reports and summaries from meetings held under the two phases.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C (SR15) is anticipated to inform the Talanoa Dialogue. [Facilitative Dialogue 2018: Approach]


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