The Talanoa Dialogue consists of a preparatory and a political phase.  The  objective of the preparatory phase, which started in January 2018 and will conclude at COP 24, is to build a strong evidence-based foundation for the political phase. 

During the preparatory phase, Parties and non-Party stakeholders have been invited to submit inputs on the three questions of the Dialogue, and to convene local, national, regional or global events in support of the Dialogue. An overview of the inputs received is available here.

The information considered during the preparatory phase will be synthesized by the COP 23 and COP 24 Presidencies into a document as the main input to the political phase.

Preparatory phase at COP 24

The preparatory phase of the Talanoa Dialogue will conclude at COP 24 in Katowice with a space to consider the implications of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C  and a final preparatory meeting.

Additional information on the organization of the preparatory phase will be provided in due course.

Preparatory phase at the May sessions

During the May sessions of the UNFCCC subsidiary bodies, discussions under the Dialogue focused on exploring the three central questions, informed by the inputs communicated by Parties and non-Party stakeholders. The Presidencies issued a summary of the discussions.

The Dialogue consisted of the following events (see video):

  • An opening meeting, where Parties and non-Party stakeholders shared their expectations on the Dialogue (interventions available here). A panel was also organized, comprised of four experts who shared stories on the questions of the Dialogue (stories available here);
  • An in-depth consideration of the questions of the Talanoa Dialogue in small groups (Talanoa sessions).  Additional detail is available here;
  • A reporting back meeting where three rapporteurs provided an overview of the discussions held during the Talanoa sessions (see summary here); and
  • A closing session, where Parties and non-Party stakeholders shared their views on next steps for the Dialogue (interventions available here).