Talanoa Dialogue: unique opportunity for regional governments to be heard

As you are well aware, the Talanoa Dialaogue, is one of the most important processes in the climate change agenda in 2018. It is the first time that Parties take stock of their collective efforts in relation to progress towards the long-term temperature goal referred to in the Paris Agreement, and it is a unique opportunity for non-Party stakeholders, such as regional governments, to get their voices heard.

The Dialogue offers the opportunity for regional governments to share ideas, recommendations and information, that can provide for higher ambition in climate action. It is structured around three central questions: Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there? These will be answered during the May Sessions, which will set a mark as the first opportunity for Parties and non-Party stakeholders to interact and engage in a Dialogue in a constructive, facilitative and collaborative way, making this an inclusive process where all stakeholders can share their best practices, tools and lessons learned from where national governments can feed to present their National Determined Contributions (NDCs) and reach a higher ambition to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement and also support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The nrg4SD Secretariat would like to encourage regional governments to participate in the process of the Talanoa Dialogue through sharing their views and thereby making use of this unique opportunity to influence the discussion on climate action within the UNFCCC. By doing so, you can emphasise the crucial role that regional governments play in the climate change agenda and ensure for vertical integration to become reality as has been long demanded.

What options do regional governments have to contribute to the Talanoa Dialogue?

  • Directly submit your views through the Talanoa Dialogue Portal, by April 2 for discussion to be held during the May sessions and October 29 for discussions in conjunction with the COP 24 (3 – 14 December in Katowice, Poland).
  • Support the nrg4SD to develop a common position to be submitted through the Portal by informing the nrg4SD Secretariat on your standpoint.
  • Participate in the events listed in the calendar of Multilevel Climate Action Forums compiled by the members of the LGMA. Kindly inform the nrg4SD Secretariat about your interest to participate in those events and we will support you in the process.
  • Share events in your country/ region that could serve as a Multilevel Climate Action Forums.
  • Organise a Multilevel Climate Action Forum together with other levels of government either as a lone-standing event or integrated as part of an event that you are planning to organise.

How to organise a Multilevel Climate Action Forum

  • Identify other regions in your country as well as local governments that could take part in the Forum
  • Involve the national government in your country and the Ministry responsible for its NDC
  • Try to also engage other ministries, such as those of housing or public works
  • Ensure a framework for active discussion between the different levels of government and try to find answers to the following questions:
    • How can local and regional governments help implementation of NDCs?
    • What are the options to integrate commitments and actions of local and regional governments to raise ambitions of NDCs?
    • How can national governments collaborate with local and regional governments to mobilize appropriate technical, financial, and policy resources?
  • Submit the outcome to the UNFCCC through the Talanoa Dialogue Portal or other mechanisms, such as the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action

The Secretariat is eager to support nrg4SD members in their contributions to the Talanoa Dialogue either through submissions to the Talanoa Dialogue Portal, or the participation in and organisation of events.

We are looking forward to hearing your ideas, suggestions and contributions to the Talanoa Dialogue. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information at nrg4sd@nrg4sd.org

Other opportunities:

During the Ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9), which took place in Kuala Lampur, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and UN-Habitat as special partners, announced the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues, a year-long dialogue aiming to bridge the New Urban Agenda and the Paris Agreement. Cities and regions are inviting national governments to the table in around 40 countries with the engagement of more than 15 networks and partners, to drive forward multilevel climate action worldwide. Click here to know more.


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