COP Presidencies Issue Updated Note on Organization of Talanoa Dialogue at UNFCCC COP 24
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The Talanoa Dialogue will conclude its preparatory phase on 6 December.

The political phase will include ministerial roundtables of 12-13 participants, with 21 roundtables evenly distributed over three time slots.

Parties and non-Party stakeholders will address the main Talanoa Dialogue question: How do we get there?

29 October 2018: An updated note on the approach to organizing the Talanoa Dialogue during the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC in Katowice, Poland, in December 2018, has been issued by the COP 23 Presidency and incoming COP 24 Presidency. COP 24 represents the culmination of a one-year process during which participants took stock of collective efforts on progress towards achieving the long-term goal of the Paris Agreement, with the aim of informing the political phase and the preparation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

On Thursday, 6 December, the Talanoa Dialogue will conclude its preparatory phase, which will “include a space to consider” the implications of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15). In advance of this wrap-up meeting, the COP 23 and COP 24 Presidencies will issue a document that synthesizes the information and insights gained during the preparatory phase to provide a foundation for the political phase. Parties will share their views on this document.

The political phase will consist of an opening meeting, a set of high-level round tables and a closing meeting. During the opening meeting on 11 December, following welcoming remarks by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, keynote addresses will present the main messages from the preparatory phase, the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), the high-level finance event that was held during the GCAS, and the pre-2020 ambition stocktake to take place during COP 24.

High-level ministerial roundtables will then convene. To enhance dialogue opportunities, small roundtables of 12-13 participants will be organized, with 21 roundtables evenly distributed over three time slots. Parties and non-Party stakeholders will address the main Talanoa Dialogue question of ‘How do we get there?’ In advance of the roundtables, the COP Presidencies will identify targeted questions to help focus the discussions, and upload them to the Talanoa Dialogue platform. At the end of each roundtable discussion, key messages from the discussions will be collated and compiled into a general report to be presented at the closing meeting of the Talanoa Dialogue.

The closing of the political phase will take place on 12 December and consist of a summary of key messages from the ministerial roundtables and closing statements.

Talanoa is a traditional Fijian word used across the Pacific to reflect a process of inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue. The process has sought to support governments in raising their climate ambition as they prepare for the Katowice Climate Change Conference. [Updated note on the Talanoa Dialogue at COP 24] [SDG Knowledge Hub Story on COP Presidencies’ Approach to Talanoa Dialogue in Katowice]


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