Contribute to the Talanoa Dialogue

Based on the Pathway to Paris process, which established issue-focused multi-stakeholder worldwide Workstreams to support success at COP21, this Talanoa Dialogue Engagement Toolkit provides citizen leaders in any community anywhere with guidance for hosting local working sessions. This process is open, flexible, and meant to facilitate substantive contributions from stakeholders to the Talanoa Dialogue, while allowing a rapid acceleration of citizen participation in global decision-making.

Talanoa Dialogue Engagement Toolkit

The Fijian word ‘Talanoa’ refers to an inclusive process of dialogue where all participants, regardless of power or influence, are peers.

hub-140923This Talanoa Dialogue Engagement Toolkit offers citizens, communities, local government officials, and other non-Party stakeholders a strategy for engaging locally, envisioning a smarter, more climate resilient future, and for providing structured, action-oriented input to the Talanoa Dialogue Preparatory Phase, which runs throughout 2018 as a platform for inputs to the Talanoa Dialogue Political Phase at COP24 in December.

In the Talanoa spirit, the guiding principles for this civic engagement strategy are:

  • all people are climate stakeholders,
  • access to best-practice opportunity is a right, and
  • climate education must be a two-way process between citizens and government.

What are Working Sessions?

Working sessions are open local meetings. They can range in style and format from a small gathering in conversation around one or more themes, to the building of local leadership networks, to a town-hall meeting comprised of citizens and decision-makers. Each working session is part of a process of design and strategic planning, with a focus on building a true Citizens’ Climate Engagement Network, that will ensure ongoing substantive, direct citizen participation in global decision-making processes.

We recommend the following basic structure for any kind of Talanoa Dialogue non-Party stakeholder Working Session:

  1. Introduction + useful background information
  2. Discussion of participants’ values and local concerns
  3. Form Working Groups around affinities / priorities
  4. Working Groups outline where they want to be in 20 years
  5. Working Groups back-cast 20 year, 10 year, 5 year, 2 year (2020) goals
  6. Reports from Working Groups to the full Working Session
  7. Draft Working Session report (outline around WG notes)
  8. After Session: Finalize report for Talanoa Dialogue Preparatory Phase Submission

Working Session Sample Agendas

In collaboration with our Advisory Council and thematic and convening partners, we will develop and provide detailed sample agendas for each of the following:

Meeting Type Sample Agendas

Talanoa Dialogue Town Hall Meeting
Citizens, Stakeholders, Decision-makers

Talanoa Priorities (Short) Working Session
Abbreviated standard agenda (60-90 min)

Talanoa Vision (Detailed) Working Session
Standard agenda (90 min – 3 hours)

Talanoa Pathways (All-day) Working Session
Detailed zero-emissions pathway planning (5-8 hours)


Thematic Discussion Sample Agendas

Resilience Intel Meeting
Climate-Smart Finance Aggregator inputs

Food System Integrity Meeting
Climate-Smart Agriculture & Healthy Sustainable Food

Local Environmental Observers Meeting
Monitoring, Reporting & Verification from Local Stakeholder Input

New Economy Priorities Meeting
Envisioning a vibrant climate-neutral, ocean-smart economy

To Deepen, Expand & Accelerate National Climate Action

The Talanoa Dialogue presents an unprecedented opportunity to begin moving toward Economy-wide National Climate Action Plans (ENCAP), taking into account local actors’ commitments, resources, actions, and policy priorities, to achieve more robust design of accelerated, locally rooted NDC action. As such, the participation of non-Party stakeholders (NPS) in the Talanoa Dialogue should:

  1. Facilitate ENCAP modeling to strengthen NDCs,
  2. Honor the right to access best-practice opportunity,
  3. Give voice to citizens, communities, and vulnerable groups,
  4. Create space for ongoing mutual education between NPS and national officials,
  5. Direct the deployment of climate-smart finance, according to the above
  6. Connect to a sustainable platform for ACE and NPS engagement

Materials for Managing the Working Session

In support of the principle that all people are climate stakeholders, the CCEN will assist any Working Session leaders who request background or meeting materials with one or more of the following, as applicable:

  1. A brief Process Glossary – to help make sense of the UNFCCC process
  2. Worksheets for individual contributions to the Working Session report
  3. Worksheets for Joint Reports from issue-focused Working Groups formed during the Working Session
  4. Worksheets for formulating a draft Talanoa Process Submission
  5. Blueprint for Non-Party Stakeholder contributions to the Talanoa Dialogue
  6. Recommended responsibilities for designated Focal Point (for follow-up)
  7. Information about emerging CCEN Talanoa Workstreams
  8. Information about volunteer opportunities, after event follow-up

After the Working Session has closed, materials are compiled, and hosts will produce a summary report from the Working Session, including details about Working Groups, major areas of focus, and 2 to 20 year envisioning process.

  • These summary reports will feed into CCEN Workstreams and related initiatives.
  • CCEN partners will work to ensure insights from active Workstreams feed into sustained engagement with the global policy process.
  • Working Session Reports are intended to serve as stakeholder recommendations to the Talanoa Dialogue.

Notes from the UN Climate Change Secretariat

Deadline for submission of inputs

The deadlines for submission of inputs are:

  1. 2 April 2018 — for discussions in conjunction with the SB48 (30 April – 10 May)
  2. 29 October 2018 — for discussions in conjunction with COP24 (3 – 14 December)


Verification of inputs

Once received, all submissions will be verified to ensure the information is appropriate. It will then be registered and published on the Talanoa Dialogue platform. As part of the verification process, we will authenticate you as a stakeholder in order to avoid possible misuse and to confirm sources of inputs:

  • For Parties — only submissions from national focal points, or submissions on their behalf, are allowed
  • For non-Party stakeholders — only submissions from verified stakeholders are allowed. Verification may include investigating your name and email with respect to your organization and/or a telephone call to you or your organization.


Publication of inputs

Validated inputs will be made available on the platform with the following information:

  • Stakeholder — who provided the input
  • Topic — where are we, where do we want to go, how do we get there
  • Objective — interest/objective of the input, reproduced as provided


For more information from UN Climate Change about the Talanoa Dialogue process, go to

A Reform Coalition of Mutual Support

The CCEN is open to all people and should operate as a reform coalition, driven by mutual support among partners, to ensure we are amplifying the opportunity for direct citizen participation in global decision-making. By playing a role in this process, you are supporting an effort that can democratize climate policy, open global negotiations, and ensure we have a more inclusive, fair, and livable climate future for all people.

Please direct any questions about this process to our team through the following form…


This toolkit for citizen, community, stakeholder, and local government engagement in the Talanoa Dialogue process is supported by:


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