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08.03.2018

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First 20+ events of Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues announced at CitiesIPCC

The first 20+ events of the 2018 Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues are being released at the CitiesIPCC Conference in Edmonton, including the Canadian Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues to be held by ICLEI, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Ville de Montréal at the ICLEI World Congress in Montréal on 19-22 June 2018.

EDMONTON, 7 March 2018 – The Talanoa Dialogue was launched by the COP23 Presidency of Fiji and is designed to take stock of and strengthen national climate plans known as Nationally Determined Contributions, or NDCs. In order to keep global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, greater ambition and more effective implementation involving all levels of government is critical.

Launched by ICLEI on behalf of the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments with UN-Habitat and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy as special partners at the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 9 February 2018, the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues aim to support the Talanoa process and the raise ambitions of NDCs through inclusive, multi-stakeholder processes.

The release of the first 20+ Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues was announced on 9 March at the CitiesIPCC Conference in Edmonton.


The announcement event is moderated by Megan Meaney, Director, ICLEI Canada Office, with dialogue among:

  • H.E. Dr. Gale Rigobert, Minister of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, St. Lucia
  • Ben Henderson, Councillor, City of Edmonton and Chair, Green Municipal Fund Council, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
  • Marieke Cloutier, Chef de division, Service de l'environnement, Division de la planification et du suivi environnemental, Ville de Montréal
  • Yunus Arikan, Head of Global Policy and Advocacy, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues initiative builds upon the Bonn-Fiji Commitment of Local and Regional Leaders adopted at COP23, the 23rd United Nations Climate Change Conference in November 2017 and will be implemented in collaboration with the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat and the Fijian Government, which oversee the global climate negotiations process until COP24 in Katowice, Poland in December 2018.


The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues have been taken up by local governments and city networks, yielding a robust initial calendar of events for 2018 including the Canadian Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues, which will be co-hosted by ICLEI, FCM and the Ville de Montréal at the ICLEI World Congress 2018 on 19-22 June.

Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues are already underway in Southeast Asia, where Talanoa events are taking place during the week of 5 March in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, as part of the Ambitious City Promises initiative, designed to strengthen multilevel climate governance in the region, along with greater citizen and community engagement.

Other Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues will be hosted by R20 in Vienna, Austria, by the Global Covenant of Mayors, ICLEI and C40 in Quito Ecuador and by the State of California in San Francisco as part of the Global Climate Summit.

See the full list of confirmed Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues.

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Ben Henderson, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM): “FCM is very pleased to be co-hosting a Talanoa Dialogues session at the ICLEI World Congress in Montreal, June 19-22. Canadian municipalities of all sizes have set ambitious local GHG targets and have demonstrated some of the most innovative GHG reduction projects in Canada, in part though assistance from FCM’s Green Municipal Fund. Through stronger partnerships with our federal government we can scale up this local innovation and achieve significant emissions reductions at the national level. Thanks to ICLEI for showing leadership on this issue at the UN level and consistently calling for a greater voice for local governments in the UNFCCC process.”


Veronica Arias, Secretary of Environment, Quito Metropolitan Government: “Quito is advocating a Call to action for vertical integration of NDC Plans with the support of ICLEI, C40, UCLG, Global Covenant of Mayors, UN Habitat-Regional Office; in collaboration with Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Medellin, Sevilla, Merco ciudades, the Spanish Association of Cities for Climate, and the Brazilian National Federation de Prefeitos; and the endorsement of the French Development Agency, the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank Group. Quito plans to host an event the first week of May where cities together with the Ministries of the Environment, Finance and Housing will locally launch the call for vertically integrating NDCS and open discussion on how to support cities in gaining access to finance for sustainable and resilient infrastructure projects, including both external finance, better access to national and international capital markets, and internal revenue.”


H.E. Dr. Gale Rigobert, Minister of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, St. Lucia: "I applaud ICLEI for introducing two innovative concepts into climate negotiations; partnerships and multilevel action. Engaging local and regional governments will also enable voices of many towns and cities in small island states to be better heard and supported. I am committed to engaging the Caribbean community in the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues as well as actively engaging through the NDC Partnership of which St. Lucia is one of many active members."


Yunus Arikan, Head of Global Policy and Advocacy, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability: “The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues is an effort to translate the global process to realities and priorities of local and regional governments. It is now time to put the implementation of Paris Agreement into practice at all levels through multilevel governance and connect it to other sustainability agendas. The Talanoa Dialogue is an opportunity to conduct a reality check of the NDCs and to bring the Paris Agreement home. The first list of 20-plus events from all around the world shows that cities and regions are seizing this opportunity.” 


 
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