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Editorial: Talanoa dialogue could continue to live after Fiji’s COP23 Presidency ends

Editorial: Talanoa dialogue could continue to live after Fiji’s COP23 Presidency ends
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
May 11
10:54 2018

As the end of Fiji’s Presidency of COP23 draws near, the Talanoa Dialogue may continue well beyond December 2018 when the Polish take over.

The talanoa spirit has been embraced by delegates as well as diverse groups of non-party stakeholders.

It has created space to share stories, trust and inspire action.

In fact, the COP23 President Voreqe Bainimarama is hopeful that the same spirit will produce tangible results with parties enhancing or implementing their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).

At the closing of the May sessions yesterday, it was evident that the Talanoa Dialogue has brought about constructive discussions.

Fundamental is the principle that everyone has something meaningful to contribute to the solution to climate change.

Valuable were the lessons learned from the experiences of others.

But Mr Bainimarama made the point that it was not only about talking and listening, but inspiring climate action. 

He expected outcomes in the form of fresh ideas and renewed determination to effectively confront the challenges of climate change.

Stories and inputs shared at the meeting along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on 1.5 Degrees – will form the basis of the synthesis report of the preparatory phase.

Mr Bainimarama said it would contain key messages about where we are, where do we want to go, and how do we get there, to be brought to the attention of Ministers.

He urged delegates to reflect on what kind of conversation they expect their Minister to be engaged in, as well as what issues they should be addressing.

Ambition is vital as they may not have the same opportunity for another five years.

Rosi Doviverata


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