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:


This toolkit is intended to facilitate hosting of local working sessions for stakeholder input to the Talanoa Dialogue, and includes the following:

  1. Standard Meeting Agenda
  2. Variety of Meeting Types
  3. Thematic Discussion Sample Agendas
  4. 20-year Future Visioning Process
  5. Talanoa Submission Guidance

Standard Meeting Agenda

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

Meeting Type Sample Agendas (full detail)

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 (2-3 hours)

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

Get full details for all four meeting types →

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Thematic Discussion Sample Agendas

Resilience Intel Meeting full detail
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

20-year Future Visioning Process

To provide useful, substantive answers to the three guiding questions of the Talanoa Dialogue process — Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there? — we advocate a 20-year future visioning process. In simple terms, that means asking what kind of world we want to live in 20 years from now, and then mapping out the steps we need to take to make that better future a reality.

To complete a detailed back-casting from ambitious future goals, the visioning process should proceed as follows:

  1. 20-year vision — What kind of world do we want to live in 20 years from now?
  2. 10-year vision — Where do we need to be in 10-years, given our 20-year goals?
  3. 5-year vision — What specific actions are needed to achieve the 10-year vision?
  4. 2-year strategy — How to leverage the climate turning point
  5. 2018-2019 actions — Making the 2-year strategy real

For a detailed run-through of this visioning process: click here.

Talanoa Submission Guidance

We recommend that any meetings convened in alignment with this toolkit on Resilience Intel related subjects produce a short outcome report, and that this report be submitted both to the Talanoa Dialogue platform and to our team, using the Contact page.

  • Be Indentifiable — Communicate transparently which stakeholders are represented & be accessible for follow-up.
  • Be Concise — Make your report a brief to negotiators; link to detailed materials if needed.
  • Be Timely — There are two Talanoa Dialogue submission periods (one ending April 2, the other ending October 29); plan accordingly.
  • Submit Here — Make your submission to the Talanoa Dialogue on the official UN platform at

For complete Talanoa Dialogue submission guidance, click here.

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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And the Citizens’ Climate Engagement Network Advisory Council

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