Leopold Fellows Beth Holland and Susanne Moser bring our attention to the Talanoa Dialogue, an official UNFCCC facilitative mechanism launched in January 2018 to take stock of the Paris Agreement commitments and involve all stakeholders in open and honest conversation and sharing of how the commitments made have been translated into action. To learn more about how to participate, attend this webinar organized by the World Resources Institute.
"Talanoa is a traditional word used in Fiji and across the Pacific to reflect a process of inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue. The purpose of Talanoa is to share stories, build empathy and to make wise decisions for the collective good. The process of Talanoa involves the sharing of ideas, skills and experience through storytelling.
During the process, participants build trust and advance knowledge through empathy and understanding. Blaming others and making critical observations are inconsistent with building mutual trust and respect, and therefore inconsistent with the Talanoa concept. Talanoa fosters stability and inclusiveness in dialogue, by creating a safe space that embraces mutual respect for a platform for decision making for a greater good.” (From Fiji’s Presidency of COP23)"
The dialogue opens with a preparatory phase, where the key questions:
are discussed, and later move on to a political phase, where high level representatives of the Paris Agreement signatories will get together and assess the conclusions reached by the preparatory dialogue. The process will unfold throughout the year 2018.
This document provides a detailed overview. An online platform has been opened to gather input from those who cannot be physically present at the dialogue. Watch the video below to learn more about Talanoa.