UNFCCC COP Presidencies Outline Approach to Talanoa Dialogue at Katowice Climate Change Conference
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The wrap-up of the preparatory phase of the Talanoa Dialogue taking place during the first week of COP 24 will consider implications of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C.

The political phase will take stock of the collective efforts of Parties in meeting the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement and informing the preparation of NDCs.

It is expected to generate greater “confidence, courage and enhanced ambition,” and capture political momentum.

19 September 2018: A note detailing the arrangements for organizing the Talanoa Dialogue during the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC has been published by the Fijian outgoing COP 23 Presidency and the Polish incoming COP 24 Presidency ahead of the Katowice Climate Change Conference in December 2018.

The arrangements take into account the timing of other mandated high-level events, as well as the need to provide enough time for ongoing negotiations under the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP), the implementation guidelines for the Agreement that are expected to be adopted in Katowice, Poland.

According to the note, the wrap-up of the preparatory phase will take place during the first week of COP 24 in the form of a single plenary meeting that will, inter alia, consider implications of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15), and provide the opportunity to reflect on the preparatory phase.

Dialogue outcomes will be formally presented to governments at COP 24 to inform the next round of NDCs.

The political phase of the Talanoa Dialogue is expected to: take stock of the collective efforts of Parties in meeting the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, and inform the preparation of nationally determined contributions (NDCs); generate greater “confidence, courage and enhanced ambition”; and capture political momentum. It will consist of an opening meeting on 11 December, followed by a set of high-level roundtables and a closing plenary on 12 December.

The opening meeting will include a keynote address on the SR15 and an illustration of the Talanoa tradition. The high-level roundtables will be attended by ministers, as well as representatives from non-Party stakeholders, and will address the third question of the Talanoa Dialogue: How do we get there? During the closing meeting, a report with the main messages of the high-level roundtables will be provided, followed by interventions from Parties and observer constituencies. Specific outputs will include reports and summaries of the discussions.

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, where dialogue outcomes will be formally presented to governments to inform the next round of NDCs, along with helping to raise short-term ambition. [Note on the Approach to Organizing the Talanoa Dialogue at COP 24] [Talanoa Dialogue Webpage]


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