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 GHGs consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Under current policies, Alliance states are projected to achieve a combined 24-29% reduction below 2005 levels by 2025. Alliance States are also demonstrating that tackling climate change and growing our economies goes hand in hand. Between 2005 and 2015, Alliance states reduced net GHG emissions by 15%, compared to 10% for the rest of the country, while our per capita economic output expanded twice as fast. In addition to implementing our commitments, we are accelerating our efforts. The Alliance is driving progress on improving GHG emissions inventories; sequestering carbon in forests, farms, and other landscapes; reducing short-lived climate pollutants; exploring innovative financial mechanisms; building state and community resilience to climate change impacts; and collaborating on clean transportation, among other issues. In the months ahead, the Alliance will continue to advance ambitious climate policy within our states, and share best practices and lessons learned among member states. Through these initiatives, we will use the powers available to the states to deliver even greater emission reductions within the Alliance and will consider enhancing ambition before or in 2020. We also will work to attract new member states and help drive policy innovation and low-carbon market transformation across the country.