Fiji Follows Successful Climate Summit with Talanoa Dialogue
The Fijian Presidency of COP23 would like to hear from any organization that has an interesting story about what they are doing, or what they plan to do, to contribute to the global fight against climate change
By Benjamin Simonds, Senior Account Supervisor, MSL, Washington D.C.
When Fiji took on the role of President of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, it was determined to build what Fiji’s prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, called “a grand coalition” to fight global warming. His view was that business, civil society, and governments at every level need to be engaged and committed. So Fiji followed last year’s successful climate summit with a process called the Talanoa Dialogue.
Although the 2015 Paris Agreement was a landmark moment in the global effort to combat climate change, many of the details of how it will actually be implemented were left undecided. These details need to be finalized and agreed on this December at COP24. So 2018 is the year of the first global “stock-take,” a process to help countries prepare a new round of commitments to mitigate climate change, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), by 2020.
This stock-take is called the Talanoa Dialogue, named after the Fijian way of sharing stories to learn from each other and build consensus. It is the first time in the history of the UN Climate Change process that national governments are gathering alongside non-governmental actors – such as businesses and cities – to take collective stock of where countries are in terms of achieving the long-term temperature goal of the Paris Agreement and what more needs to and can be done.
The exciting thing about this process is that it creates a space for all stakeholders (not just national governments) to share their experiences and ideas. Everyone is able to participate. The Fijian Presidency of COP23 would like to hear from any organization that has an interesting story about what they are doing, or what they plan to do, to contribute to the global fight against climate change
If you have a story to share, visit the Talanoa Dialogue Online Portal at this link: www.talanoadialogue.com
And if the concept of talanoa and stock-taking is still a little fuzzy to you, here are two videos that give a little flavor:
Ben Simonds is a senior account supervisor at MSL's Washington D.C. office who helps direct operations in Europe, advising sovereign clients, intergovernmental organizations and corporations on strategic communications and crisis and reputation management.