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2018 Talanoa dialogue (2018 Facilitative dialogue)

"Talanoa is a traditional word used in Fiji and the Pacific to reflect a process of inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue. The purpose of Talanoa is to share stories, build empathy and to make wise decisions, which are for the collective good. The process of Talanoa involves the sharing of ideas, skills and experience through storytelling. During the process, Parties build trust and advance knowledge through empathy and understanding. Blaming others and making critical observations are inconsistent with the building of mutual trust and respect, and therefore inconsistent with the concept of Talanoa. Talanoa fosters stability and inclusiveness in relation to dialogue, by creating a safe space which embraces mutual respect for a platform for decision making for a greater good.”


In accordance with decision 1/CP.21, paragraph 20, the Conference of the Parties (COP) decided to convene a facilitative dialogue among Parties in 2018 to take stock of the collective efforts of Parties in relation to progress towards the long-term goal referred to in Article 4, paragraph 1, of the Agreement and to inform the preparation of nationally determined contributions pursuant to Article 4, paragraph 8, of the Agreement.

Consultations on the organization of the facilitative dialogue

In Marrakech, the President of COP 22 and the Incoming-President of COP 23 were mandated by the COP to undertake inclusive and transparent consultations with Parties on the organization of the facilitative dialogue in 2018.
Ambassador Aziz Mekouar, Chief Negotiator COP22 and Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, Chief Negotiator COP23 have been requested to lead this work on the Presidents’ behalf.  The objective of the consultations will be to understand the views of all Parties with a view to jointly reporting back to COP 23 on how the dialogue will be organized. 

  • May sessions (Bonn): Parties were invited to provide input on the objective, the level of participation, the format of the discussions, timing, inputs and the outcome of the dialogue.  Over 13 bilateral consultations, one open ended consultations and one meeting with observers were organized during the sessions.  Ambassadors Mekouar and Khan invited all Parties to submit further input on the organization of the dialogue.
  • Heads of delegation meeting (Rabat): Based on the input received at the May sessions, Ambassadors Mekouar and Khan shared with Parties some initial ideas for the organization of the dialogue.  They invited Parties to provide their views and reactions to these ideas. To ensure transparency and keep also those Parties that were not present in Rabat and observers informed, a note comprises the initial feedback by Fiji and Morocco on the approach to the Facilitative Dialogue 2018 based on their consultations with Parties.
  • Pre-COP (Fiji): As a result of the consultations at pre-COP, the Parties asked to provide more information on the features of the dialogue resulting from the consultations. This informal note has been made available to all Parties as message from the Presidencies on the features of the facilitative dialogue.
  • COP 23 (Bonn): Ambassadors Mekouar and Khan continued consultations on the dialogue during the COP 23. On that basis, the approach to the dialogue was refined and made available to all Parties.
Next steps
The Talanoa dialogue will start in 2018 and for this purpose, the online platform for inputs will be made available.



Approach to the Talanoa Dialogue annexed to pdf-icon decision 1/CP.23

  • The COP23 President welcomed with appreciation the design of the dialogue and launched the Talanoa dialogue, which will start in January 2018.

  • Ambassadors Mekouar and Khan continued consultations on the dialogue during the COP 23. On that basis, the approach to the dialogue was refined and made available to all Parties

  • The Presidents of COP22 and 23 have reported to the COP plenary on Tuesday, 7 November, on the results of the consultations held so far.