The international community meets again for UN climate talks at Bonn Climate Change Conference. This year, a facilitative dialogue between nations started on the implementation of Paris agreement, known as the Talanoa dialogue.
With high ambition, the dialogue has begun on May 2nd. It will continue through 2018 with the main goal of testing progress towards achieving Paris agreement goals.
There are three questions Talanoa wishes to answer, “Where are we?”, “Where do we want to go?”, and “How to get there?” which will be addressed in a participatory manner. Parties,, non-party stake holders, and civil society can provide input into it to assist in drafting inclusive future plans.
Talanoa was proposed during the Fijian presidency of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) and is a concept that is part of the Fijian culture.
“Talanoa is a traditional word used in Fiji and across the Pacific to reflect a process of inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue. The purpose of Talanoa is to share stories, build empathy and to make wise decisions for the collective good. The process of Talanoa involves the sharing of ideas, skills and experience through storytelling.”
Talanoa Dialogue will give the chance for countries to review their national plans to combat climate change and test how they satisfy the overall goal of Paris agreement. But unfortunately, the numbers show that current national plans are not good enough.
“The current pledges don’t go anywhere near the Paris agreement goal” said Dharini Pharthasarathy, International Senior Communications Coordinator at Climate Action Network (CAN). “Current NDCs [national plans] were set 3 years ago. since then, CO2 emissions have increased while pledges and commitments haven’t kept pace with that”
The Talanoa Dialogue was constructed with hopes to join efforts of developed and developing countries and get them together on the same side to tackle the problem with a more positive mindset. The current negotiations in Bonn and other conferences that will be taking place around the world in the coming months will hopefully bring progress to step up climate action and end the current polarisation that rules over international climate negotiations.