Talanoa Dialogue

What is the Talanoa Dialogue?

As part of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in November 2017, the UN Climate Change secretariat launched a Talanoa Dialogue, an important international conversation in which countries will check progress and seek to increase global ambition to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The Talanoa Dialogue is now being continued through 2018 via an online portal. Through the portal, all countries and other stakeholders, including business, investors, cities, regions and civil society, are invited to make submissions into the Talanoa Dialogue around three central questions: Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there?

Countries and non-Party stakeholders will be contributing ideas, recommendations and information that can assist the world in taking climate action to the next level in order to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement and support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

What is the U.S. Climate Alliance's contribution?

The U.S. Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of 17 U.S. governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement. The Alliance remains committed to the Paris Agreement and to meeting our share of the U.S. NDC —a 26-28% reduction in GHG emissions below 2005 levels by 2025. Alliance States are also demonstrating that tackling climate change and growing our economies goes hand in hand. 

Alliance states have already made impressive progress toward achieving this goal. Between 2005 and 2016, Alliance states collectively reduced net GHG emissions by 14%, compared with 11% for the rest of the nation.  In all major sectors of the economy, Alliance states have outpaced all other states - reducing GHG emissions from the power sector by 30%, and from industry and buildings by 15%, all below 2005 levels. Alliance states have reduced transportation emissions at three times the rate of the rest of the U.S.

Our states are driving these reductions at the same time as we are growing our economies faster than the rest of the country. Between 2005 and 2016, the combined economic output of Alliance states grew by 16% while the rest of the country grew by only 14%. Alliance states will continue to lead the nation in reducing GHG emissions in the years ahead. Alliance states are projected to achieve a combined 18-25% reduction in GHG emissions below 2005 levels by 2025, and are even more resolved to accelerate our efforts to help fill the federal gap on climate leadership.