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Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues

A series of in-country climate consultations designed to kick off a collaborative process involving all levels of government


Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues

Multilevel governance – coordinated action across all levels of government – is a critical part of global efforts to tackle climate change and meet the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues, launched by ICLEI, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and UN-Habitat, in early 2018, are designed to convene local and regional governments and national ministries of climate, environment and urbanization, along with host organizations and climate stakeholders to take stock of, shape and strengthen Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – national climate action plans submitted under the Paris Agreement. The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues are a response to the Talanoa Dialogue, launched by the Fijian Government at COP23, the 23rd United Nations Climate Conference, as part of efforts to strengthen climate action globally. The events are organized by local and regional governments and their networks.

What distinguishes these dialogues is that they examine the urban dimension of climate action and look at how multilevel governance – coordinated action across all levels of government – strengthens the NDCs.

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The Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues bring together all levels of government and climate stakeholders to co-design and co-implement climate policy, with the ultimate aim to raise climate ambition at the local, regional, national and global levels.


Through the Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogues, local, regional and national governments, host organizations and climate stakeholders convene to:

  • Review the state of climate action across the country.
  • Review current national plans.
  • Build new opportunities for collaboration across all levels of government.
  • Chart a path towards stronger climate action at the local, regional and national levels.
  • Agree on next steps by setting up subsequent meetings or coordination mechanisms.

As focal point of the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA), ICLEI collects and synthesizes the outcomes from each dialogue, using this as input into the official climate negotiations.


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