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Taking Stock of the progress towards pollution reduction - the Talanoa Dialogue

by Lorenzo Spiller

Since pollution cannot be stopped at state borders, a bad pollution management policy in Latvia may potentially affect environment and ecosystems in the UK, Poland and Sweden. This is the main reason why global citizens and international organisations have to obey the imperative to come together and urge local, regional and national governments to act at a continental and global level.

 

 

In this respect, one important step has been taken during the 23rd session of the Climate Change Conference of the United Nations which took place in Bonn, Germany in November, with the agreement of all governments participating in such Conference on the “Talanoa Dialogue”, named after the Fijian presidency, which consists in a detailed procedure for a facilitative dialogue between the parties of the Paris Agreement of 2015 in order to effectively take stock of the progress towards sustainable development.

The Talanoa Dialogue is subdivided into two different phases: 

  1. a preparatory phase, which already started on January 1st 2018 and will end at COP 24, during which the parties to the Paris Agreement and other stakeholders are invited to cooperate and give inputs to build a stronger political momentum in the pre-2020 period. In addition, during such phase the parties will analyse the Special Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Global Warming of 1.5°C;
  2. a political phase, during which the Parties will begin to take stock of the progresses made since the Paris Agreement was struck and will inform the preparation of the National Determined Contributions pursuant to Article 4, Paragraph 8 of the Paris Agreement. 

At the current stage, the “Talanoa Dialogue” is collecting inputs from non-Party stakeholders (i.e. companies, scientific associations, environmental organisations etc.) which shall be submitted before 4 April 2018. Next sessions will be held during the Bonn Climate Change Conference to take place from 30 April to 10 May 2018.

http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2017/cop23/eng/l13.pdf

http://unfccc.int/focus/talanoa_dialogue/items/10265.php

 

1 The Talanoa Dialogue document is attached to the Proposal by the President, Draft decision 1/CP.23, accessible  at the website http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2017/cop23/eng/l13.pdf, last accessed on 13 January 2018

 
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