COP24: Talanoa dialogue to generate awareness

COP24 chief negotiator Luke Daunivalu. Picture: FT FILE

THE intention of the Talanoa Dialogue to take place in the lead-up to and during the COP24 meeting in Poland is to generate greater awareness of what is happening tangibly and concretely on the ground across the different regions.

Chief negotiator Luke Daunivalu said this at a session titled ‘Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure’, which was organised by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, UN Environment and the World Bank Group.

Mr Daunivalu said this would allow everyone to “harness and learn from” those experiences “and be inspired to make greater commitments” as national governments compile their next round of NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions).

He was asked to share how the COP23 Presidency contributes to the low-emission, resilient transformation that is needed to ensure sustainable development in infrastructure.

Mr Daunivalu said the talanoa dialogue was an effective tool for generating greater awareness of the actions governments, communities and institutions could take to reduce emissions and build greater resiliency to the effects of climate change.

The forum was held on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.

Other panelists at the forum were ministerial-level participants from Ethiopia, Japan and Poland and senior climate and environmental officials of the United Nations and World Bank.

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