Cities play a decisive role in the global response to climate change. They are responsible for more than 70 percent of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and are experiencing some of the worst effects of climate change.
It is critical that national climate policy incorporates a strong urban component, and that all levels of government jointly shape, align and implement climate policy at all levels to harness the potential of our urban world.
Local and regional governments answered the call from the Fijian COP23 Presidency for open and inclusive dialogues and have implemented the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues as a means to make multilevel governance a core component of climate action worldwide.
Under the Paris Agreement, nations are expected to submit targets every five years, and to increase the level of ambition with each submission. With a multilevel governance approach, we can narrow the gap between current Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the emissions reductions needed to achieve global targets.
With the recent reality check from the IPCC Special Report on 1.5 Degrees, it is critical that we ratchet up global climate action as quickly as possible – and well before 2020 when the first national updates are required.
By joining together and consolidating their commitments, all levels of government can progressively raise their commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.
The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues are a key focus of the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) constituency to the United Nations Frameworks Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). With ICLEI as its focal point, the LGMA aims to ensure that climate action is coordinated across all levels of government.
On behalf of the LGMA, ICLEI is bringing the results of the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues to COP24, the 24th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland. By demonstrating the momentum built by these dialogues, ICLEI will make the case for these conversations to continue well beyond 2018, while highlighting replicable processes and outcomes that all levels of government can incorporate into climate policy.
The ultimate aim is to make multilevel governance a mainstream part of climate action.
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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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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:
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.
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.
Fourth ICLEI webinar on Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues. See full powerpoint 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.
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During COP 23, LMGA interventions were delivered by:
The links to UNFCCC webcasts and interventions can be found below.
Marrakech Partnership Webcasts
COP 23 Webinars
UNFCCC Press Conferences Webcasts
Climate Action Studio interviews