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

During the preparatory phase, Parties and non-Party stakeholders were 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 was 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

In accordance with the approach agreed at COP 23, the preparatory phase ended at COP 24 and included a space to consider the implications of the IPCC report on warming of 1.5°C.

The wrap-up of the preparatory phase consisted of the following elements:

  • Opening and welcome;
  • Introductory remarks by the Presidencies;
  • Key note by the IPCC on its special report on warming of 1.5°C;
  • Open discussion: general reflections of the preparatory phase including implications of the IPCC report;
  • Closing.

In advance of this meeting, the Presidencies of COP 23 and COP 24 issued a document which synthesized the information and insights gained during the preparatory phase to provide a foundation for the political phase. Parties were invited to share their views on this document at the wrap-up of the preparatory phase. 

Wrap Up Of The Talanoa Dialogue Preparatory Phase

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).