ICC Primer on the Talanoa Dialogue

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)—in its capacity as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Focal Point for business and industry—is facilitating a meeting on 2 February 2018 to give business leaders an opportunity to discuss both what business can expect from the Talanoa Dialogue and what business can input into the Talanoa Dialogue.


The Talanoa Dialogue, previously referred to as the Facilitative Dialogue, is aimed at determining how collective action can move the global climate agenda forward. It is a year-long process of discussions,
consultations, events and expert inputs that will take place from January 2018 and culminate at COP24 in Katowice, Poland.


The purpose of the Talanoa Dialogue is to take stock of the collective progress towards achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement1 and to inform the nationally determined contributions (NDCs2) , notably
the forthcoming five-year review cycles of NDCs from 2020 onwards.

Evidence has shown that the aggregate ambitions in the initial NDCs are not enough to get the international community on track to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. The Talanoa Dialogue
will therefore assist us in determining what is needed to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

To do this, the Talanoa Dialogue will focus on three questions:

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


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