“The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues is an effort to translate the global process to realities and priorities of local and regional governments. It is now time to put the implementation of Paris Agreement into practice at all levels through multilevel governance and connect it to other sustainability agendas. The Talanoa Dialogue is an opportunity to conduct a reality check of the NDCs and to bring the Paris Agreement home. The first list of 20-plus events from all around the world shows that cities and regions are seizing this opportunity”
Yunus Arikan, Head of Global Policy and Advocacy, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
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The Talanoa Dialogue was launched by the COP23 Presidency of Fiji and is designed to take stock of and strengthen national climate plans known as Nationally Determined Contributions, or NDCs. In order to keep global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, greater ambition and more effective implementation involving all levels of government is critical.
Launched by ICLEI on behalf of the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments with UN-Habitat and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy as special partners at the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 9 February 2018, the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues aim to support the Talanoa process and the raise ambitions of NDCs through inclusive, multi-stakeholder processes.
Once again, Resilient Cities 2018 is scheduled back-to-back with the April/May UN Climate talks in Bonn (30 April – 10 May). This year, the “Bonn talks” will be the first opportunity for Parties and non-Party stakeholders to interact and engage in the Talanoa Dialogue and work to address the 3 main questions: Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there?
Resilient Cities 2018 participants had the chance to discuss main urban resilience and climate adaptation challenges, directions, opportunities, gaps and future developments and carry those messages to the “Bonn talks” to positively influence and strengthen the dialogue process.
Sessions of particular relevance
Throughout the three congress days, there were several sessions that covered the three questions through an inclusive, participatory, facilitative, solutions-oriented and multi-stakeholder dialogue. While all the sessions are part of the Talanoa Dialogue, the following ten are of particular relevance/interest to participants: