What are the Cities and Regions
The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues – a series of in-country climate consultations starting in 2018 – are designed to kick off a collaborative process involving all levels of government. They convene national, regional and local governments to take stock of, shape and strengthen NDCs. This process also engages other key climate actors within a given country.
These consultations are part of the Talanoa Dialogue launched at COP23, the 23rd United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2017. The Talanoa Dialogue serves as an initial stocktaking exercise in 2018 to prepare for future NDC submissions. Through the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues, local and regional governments are engaging in stocktaking efforts and helping strengthen climate action at all levels, from global to local.
The word Talanoa itself refers a style of dialogue practiced in the Pacific, which fosters openness and inclusiveness. This is the spirit of the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues, designed to help make climate action a more ambitious and collective global effort.
The Paris Agreement recognizes that local and regional governments play a critical role in global climate action. At COP23, local, regional and national governments called for more inclusive, coordinated climate action globally. The Bonn-Fiji Commitment adopted by hundreds of local and regional leaders at COP23 played an instrumental role in designing the Talanoa Dialogue as an inclusive process.
The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues, as part of the global Talanoa process, are a bottom-up, proactive and immediate response by local and regional governments to the global call for multistakeholder conversations on climate action worldwide.
Local and regional governments are both climate action influencers and implementers. They are positioned to shape and strengthen climate policies and translate global goals into tangible results on the ground. They also have an increasingly influential voice in the global climate conversation. Through a strategically designed process combining global advocacy, thematic expertise, strategic communications and event planning and design, ICLEI leveraged the COP23 platform to deepening how local and regional governments engage in global climate action. This publication looks at this process, showing the strategic value it offers.
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Talanoa is a traditional approach used in Fiji and the Pacific to engage in an inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue (for more information, see decision 1/CP.23, annex II).
At COP21, a decision was made to convene a Facilitative Dialogue among Parties in 2018 to take stock of the collective efforts of Parties on the goals of the Paris Agreement, and to inform the preparation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Building on this mandate, it was decided to have this dialogue be known as the Talanoa Dialogue, launching it to start from January 2018 to culminate at COP24.
More information can be found in the following resources:
- Talanoa and beyond: Raising ambition with Cities and Regions, joint policy briefing by ICLEI, GIZ and UN-Habitat
- Urbanet article: Fostering Multilevel Governance: The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues
- How ICLEI supports integrated Monitoring, Reporting and Verifying (MRV)
- Boosting subnational climate action through new climate governance: 2017 carbonn Climate Registry report
- Enabling subnational climate action through multilevel governance: a policy brief by ICLEI, GIZ and UN-Habitat
- Sustainable urbanization in the Paris Agreement: Comparative review of nationally determined contributions for urban content, by UN-Habitat (special partner to the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues)
- Call for Vertical Integration of Local Authorities, by Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (special partner to the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues)
- ICLEI’s GreenClimateCities (GCC) program
- carbonn Climate Registry (cCR)
- City Climate Planner Certificate Program
- Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues reporting guide
- The ICLEI Montreal Commitment and Strategic Vision 2018-2024
UNFCCC landing pages on inputs to the Talanoa Dialogue
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
- Question 1 – Where are we?
- Question 2 – Where do we want to go?
- Question 3 – How do we get there?
ICLEI submission on behalf of the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues
Joint ICLEI-GIZ-UN Habitat
Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy
Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction
Association Climate Chance
Future Ocean Alliance
Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC)
We Are Still In
US Climate Alliance
State of California
FMDV for CCFLA Secretariat
International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
Sustainable Energy Policy Division, Environment Department, Nagano Prefectural Government
The Climate Group/Under2 Coalition
ICLEI and partners are hosting a webinar series to share updates and ensure coordination among the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities Constituency (LGMA) members and partners on the organization of Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues.
These webinars will take place every third Wednesday of the month.
First ICLEI webinar on Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues. See full powerpoint here.
Second ICLEI webinar on Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues. See full powerpoint here.
Third ICLEI webinar on Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues. See full powerpoint here.
- at 10am CEST: see live recording here
Fourth ICLEI webinar on Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues. See full powerpoint here.
- at 10am CET
- at 4pm CET: see live recording here
Fifth ICLEI webinar on Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues. See full powerpoint here.
Sixth ICLEI webinar on Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues. See full powerpoint here.
- CityTalk post: The Talanoa route to new climate governance
- CityTalk post: When science meets policy and practice: Top 3 ways to achieve Paris Goals
- CitiesIPCC Conference video: Announcing the first 20+ confirmed Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues
- UNFCCC media coverage on the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues launched at the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
In this section…
During COP 23, LMGA interventions were delivered by:
- Mayor of Bonn Ashok-Alexander Sridharan
- ICLEI Senior Climate Advocacy Officer Jisun Hwang
- LGMA Constituency Focal Point Yunus Arikan
The links to UNFCCC webcasts and interventions can be found below.
- 6 November COP 23 Opening Ceremony
- 6 November COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 1.2 plenaries
- 6 November – Joint SBSTA/SBI plenaries
- 7 November APA resumption plenary
- 7 November COP 23 and CMP 13 plenaries
- 11 November COP/CMP/CMA/SBSTA/SBI/APA stocktaking plenary
- 14 November SBSTA/SBI closing plenary
- 16 November – High Level Segment of COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 1.2
- 17 November COP 23 and CMA 1.2 plenaries
- 18 November APA suspension plenary
- 18 November COP/CMP/CMA closing and suspension plenaries
Marrakech Partnership Webcasts
- UNFCCC information on the MPGCA
- Programme of GCA events during COP 23 – Outline
- 2017 Yearbook
- 2017 Summary foe Policy Makers
- Outcomes of Human Settlements Thematic Day
- Outcomes of High Level Dialogue on SDG11
- Human Settlements (video)
- Transport (video)
- SDG11 and Climate Action (video)
- 13 November Monday – GCA Press Conference on SDG11 with Mayor of Bonn (video)
- 13 November Monday – GCA High Level Segment Opening with Governor Brown and Mayor of Seoul (video)
- 15 November – Marrakech partners Bula Zone High Level Closing with Mayor of Bonn and First Premier of Scotland (video)
COP 23 Webinars
- 1st Webinar: Monday, 24 April 2017, 10:00 and 16:00 CEST
- 2nd Webinar: Thursday, 22 June 2017, 10:00 and 16:00 CEST
- 3rd Webinar: Tuesday, 29 August 2017, 10:00 and 16:00 CEST
- 4th Webinar: Friday, 6 October 2017, 10:00 and 16:00 CEST
- 5th Webinar: Thursday, 26 October 2017, 10:00 and 16:00 CEST
- 6th Webinar – Outcomes: Thursday, 7 December 2017, 10:00 and 16:00 CEST
UNFCCC Press Conferences Webcasts
- 11 November Saturday – Press Conference on Human Settlements with Mayor of Pittsburgh
- 12 November Sunday – Press Conference of Leaders Summit and Global Covenant
- 12 November Sunday – Press Conference C40
- 13 November – Press Conference UNFCCC Financial Times – Future of Mobility with Deputy Mayor of Oslo
- 13 November – UNFCCC press Conference with US Governors
- UNFCCC information on the press
Climate Action Studio interviews