Ahead of the COP24 climate conference set for Poland in November, the United Nations has started the Talanoa Dialogue — it’s one of the key outcomes of the previous climate summit, COP23.
Talanoa is a traditional word in Fijian — Fiji being the island nation presiding over the last COP in Bonn — to refer to telling a story, or having a conversation. It’s an inclusive, participatory and transparent process. The idea behind the word is to share knowledge and experiences that could lead to a better understanding and thus to beneficial decisions for all.
In order for stakeholders to be able to share their inputs, the climate framework UNFCCC has launched an online platform where participants can submit their proposals addressing three main questions: Where are we, where do we want to go, and how do we get there.
Not only governmental stakeholders will have a word. Non-party stakeholders can also participate in the process — including local governments, civil society, non-profit organizations, businesses, investors, the scientific community, think tanks and individuals.
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Saving Our Planet has submitted an input to the Talanoa dialog platform. You can read it here:
The following partners have joined us in this submission:
- Eden Reforestation Projects, a nonprofit that plants millions of trees every year to recreate healthy forest systems and build local economies in impoverished communities.
- The International Art of Living Foundation (AOL), an international educational and humanitarian non-profit organisation running for over 35 years with a presence in over 10,000 centers in over 150 countries.
- The International Association for Human Values. IAHV was created in Geneva in 1997 as a global platform for humanitarian initiatives that solve problems by uplifting human values. Through its country organizations and partners, IAHV conducts service projects and supports humanitarian and disaster relief initiatives throughout the world.
Both AOL and IAHV were founded by the Global Humanitarian leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
- George Monbiot, author, journalist and regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper on environmental topics. George Monbiot is now an honorary member of Saving Our Planet.
You can see the other Talanoa inputs here:
Another Talanoa platform will open later in the year (deadline 29 October 2018) for discussions in conjunction with COP 24 (3 – 14 December).
– Julie Wornan