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Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues

A series of in-country climate consultations designed to kick off a collaborative process involving all levels of government


Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues

The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues are designed to convene local and regional governments, host organizations and national ministries of climate, environment and urbanization, among others, to take stock of, shape and strengthen Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – national climate action plans submitted under the Paris Agreement. The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues are a response to the Talanoa Dialogue, launched by the Fijian Government at COP23, the 23rd United Nations Climate Conference, as part of efforts to strengthen climate action globally. The events are organized by local and regional governments and their networks.

At each dialogue, participants review the current NDC and map out how to strengthen climate action at all levels. What distinguishes these dialogues is that they examine the urban dimension of climate action and look at how multilevel governance – coordinated action across all levels of government – strengthens the NDCs.

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Each Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogue event contributes to the broader Talanoa process and feeds into the climate negotiations at COP24 in December 2018.

By the end of each dialogue – or series of dialogues – taking place in any given country, the aim is that:

Participants gain a solid understanding of current national climate policy and the state of climate action across the country.

Participants see a path towards strengthening climate action at the local, regional and national levels.

Linkages between climate and urban policy become clear and actionable. Participants see new opportunities for collaboration across all levels of government and recognize the value of multilevel governance.

National policymakers are better able to recognize and reflect the realities and priorities of local and regional governments into national policy.

Participants agree on next steps in the process, by setting up or agreeing to subsequent meetings and actions to be taken in preparation.


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All climate politics is local (Foreign Affairs)


Fostering Multilevel Governance: The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues


Conferencia Internacional Cambio Climático, Biodiversidad y Acuerdos Regionales


Towards COP24 in Katowice via Talanoa Dialogues and GCAS

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International ministers and mayors discuss “Innovate4Cities – A global climate action accelerator” in Malmö

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