We recommend that any meetings convened in alignment with this toolkit produce a short outcome report, and that this report be submitted both to the Talanoa Dialogue platform and to the engage4climate team, using the contact form at the bottom of our Toolkit front page.
Communicate transparently which stakeholders are represented & be accessible for follow-up.
The Talanoa Dialogue is open to all people everywhere, but submissions to the online platform, for possible addition by the COP23 and COP24 presidencies to their Synthesis Report, is limited to “verified stakeholders”. What this means is you must be able to show that you are a real person, representing a particular identifiable institution, organization, community, industry or jurisdiction, or some combination of these.
In order to qualify as a verified stakeholder, we recommend the following action steps:
- Prepare your report in collaboration with other stakeholders.
- Consider hosting a local Talanoa Dialogue meeting, like those outlined in this toolkit.
- Designate an official point of contact for the report you are submitting.
- If necessary, create a name for the constituency, meeting, coalition, or interest area you represent.
- Where possible, align your report with partners working on matters covered in your report.
- Do not misrepresent any person, institution, relationship, or official title.
- Do not submit a report that attacks or defames any actor; focus on needs, views, and solutions.
- Keep in mind that Talanoa relates to story — pull your proposals into a coherent story of stakeholder interest or future thinking.
Make your report a brief to negotiators; link to detailed materials if needed.
The Talanoa Dialogue is incredibly ambitious. It asks all people everywhere to think about what kind of climate future they want, and to submit recommendations to the 195 nations that comprise the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC.
The COP23 and COP24 Presidencies will combine the most interesting, useful, resonant, and ambition-raising inputs into a Synthesis Report to the Parties, so keep in mind:
- Your brief / narrative input is more likely to be of use if it is short, clear, locally rooted, connected to bigger issues, and told in a coherent way.
- It should be no more than 2 pages in length, and have clearly defined sections and themes.
- Insert web links to any more detailed materials you would like included, to make it easier to write a 2-page brief.
- Don’t include extensive quotes from materials that can already be accessed online; focus on the stakeholder input aspect of your brief.
There are two Talanoa Dialogue submission periods; plan accordingly.
The Talanoa Dialogue Preparatory Phase (to which you can submit stakeholder inputs) is broken into two submission periods:
- The first ends on April 2, 2018, and will feed insights into the mid-year UNFCCC negotiations, the SB48 (or the 48th Meeting of the Subsidiary Bodies), which open on April 30, in Bonn, Germany.
- The second ends on October 29, 2018, and will feed insights into the annual UNFCCC negotiations of the Conference of the Parties, the COP24, which will open on December 3, in Katowice, Poland.
Plan your Talanoa Dialogue working session, and the follow-up work of preparing your submission, with these dates in mind.
Make your submission to the Talanoa Dialogue on the official UN platform at TalanoaDialogue.com
NOTES FROM THE UN CLIMATE CHANGE SECRETARIAT
Deadline for submission of inputs
The deadlines for submission of inputs are:
- 2 April 2018 — for discussions in conjunction with the SB48 (30 April – 10 May)
- 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 TalanoaDialogue.com