Initiative / 03 Jul, 2018
Watch Stories of Climate Ambition

UN Climate Change News, 3 July 2018 - For the first-time ever in the history of the UN Climate Change process, country representatives are gathering alongside non-governmental actors – such as businesses and cities – for the informal and inclusive ‘Talanoa Dialogue’.

The 2018 Talanoa Dialogue is an important international conversation in which countries and non-Party stakeholders will check progress and seek to increase global ambition to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The Dialogue offers a unique and positive setting to share stories, which each respond to one of the three central questions which guide the Talanoa:

  • Where are we now?
  • Where do we want to go?
  • How do we get there?

UN Climate Change was able to speak directly to many individuals who participated in the official Talanoa Dialogue during the May UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn.

The highlights from these conversations can now be viewed in our ‘Talanoa for Ambition’ video, kicking-off a series of shorter videos (‘Talanoa Stories’) to be released in the coming months ahead of the political phase of the Talanoa at the UN Climate Change Conference COP24 is Poland at the end of this year.

Each one of these videos will explore a story of a country or an organization that has something meaningful to say about solving the climate crisis. 

Moreover, the Summary Report, capturing the substance of the May discussions, is now available to view online here. Read more about the Talanoa Dialouge here.

UN Climate Change is very grateful to all those who participated in this exercise and here are their names in the order that they appear in the video.

Patricia Espinosa

Executive Secretary

UN Climate Change

Ambassador Luke Daunivalu

Chief Negotiator

COP23 Presidency

Enam Eyiah



Jose Di Bella

Program Manager


Isabel Teresa Di Carlo Quero

Party Representative


Yvette Dzakpasu

Advocacy Director

Global Ecovillage Network

Richard Kimbowa

Civil Society Facilitator

Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development

Yves Laurent Sapoval

Senior Advisor

Global Alliance of Buildings and Construction

Wael Aboulmagd


Egypt and G77 & China

Frances Way

Chief Strategy Officer

CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project)

Tina Völker

Policy Officer

Ministry for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy Government of North Rhine-Westphalia

Sara Moarif

Policy Analyst

International Energy Agency

Qing Xia

Senior Climate Finance Programme Specialist

Asian Institute of Technology

Maria Nailevu


DIVA for Equality

Karol Gobczynski

Climate & Energy Manager


Stanislas Stephen Mouba

Party Representative


Gu Zihua

Party Representative


Denise Margaret Matias


German Development Institute (DIE)

Elina Bardram

Party Representative


Simon Buckle

Head of the Climate, Biodiversity and Water Division


Joseph Sapati Moeono-Kolio


University of Auckland

Donna Lagdameo

Technical Adviser

International Federation of Red Cross

Rachel Ward

Head of Policy

Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change

Yann Francoise

Head of Climate

City of Paris

Anirban Ghosh

Chief Sustainability Officer

Mahindra Group

Agripina Jenkins Rojas

Party representative

Costa Rica

Minister Michael Kurtyka


COP24 Presidency

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