About Talanoa

What are the Cities and Regions
Talanoa Dialogues?

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.

Access our vast library of resources on all climate COPs and trace the history of how the climate debate has evolved within the UNFCCC framework.

Get informed

Learn more about the Talanoa Dialogue and how cities and regions are contributing through multilevel climate discussions.

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 Dialogues

UNFCCC landing pages on inputs to the Talanoa Dialogue

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

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.

21 February 

First ICLEI webinar on Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues. See full powerpoint here.

21 March

Second ICLEI webinar on Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues. See full powerpoint here.

18 April

Third ICLEI webinar on Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues. See full powerpoint here.

16 May

Fourth ICLEI webinar on Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues. See full powerpoint here.


5 September

Fifth ICLEI webinar on Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues.  See full powerpoint here.

26 September

Sixth ICLEI webinar on Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues.  See full powerpoint here.

7 November

Get involved

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.

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