Talanoa Dialogue the Caribbean way

Amplifying Caribbean voices in the push for more urgent climate action ahead of the next climate summit, COP24 in Katowice, Poland, is at the heart of an initiative by Panos, a Caribbean environmental NGO, and Climate Analytics. The initiative, Caribbean Talanoa Dialogue, gathers inputs from the region’s concerned organisations – government agencies, civil society and faith-based organisations, trade unions, community groups, scientific institutions, private sector groupings – in answer to these questions: Where are we in our response to climate change? Where do we want (and need) to go? How do we get there? The deadline for inputs is March 31.

Date23 March 2018
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Climate Analytics and Panos will summarise the responses to prepare a formal submission to the Talanoa Dialogue – a process devised by Fiji at the last climate summit COP23.

The information about how to participate in the initiative can be found here.

The outcomes of the Talanoa Dialogue must ultimately lead to a significant increase in emissions reductions by all countries before 2020 to put us on track to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5°C. As the world is already heading towards more than 3°C temperature rise with current policies, the effective organisation and outcomes of the Talanoa Dialogue – including inputs from a broad range of actors – will play a crucial role in driving climate action globally.

Small island states, including those in the Caribbean region are very vulnerable to climate impacts and have always been at the forefront of the push for urgent climate action, which resulted the inclusion of the 1.5°C temperature limit in the Paris Agreement, among other important elements.

As part of a broader project designed to keep momentum going in the region in support of ambitious climate change action, we organised an event “Closing the Ambition Gap – Perspectives on Regional Coalition Building to Address Climate Change – A panel discussion” on 27 February in Haiti. The event was an opportunity to discuss how the Caribbean region could increase its voice in global negotiations for more ambitious climate actions, develop strategies for regional coordination between sectors, and position the region to take full advantage of advocacy opportunities, including increased participation of civil society in climate change discussions.

The event brought together representatives of government, regional institutions, the scientific community, the media and civil society:
  • Mr. Vance W. Amory, Chief Minister of Nevis and Minister of Labour, Social Security and Ecclesiastical Affairs of St Kitts and Nevis;
  • Dr. Adelle Thomas, Senior Research Associate for the Caribbean at Climate Analytics;
  • Mr. Raoul Vital, Environmental Officer at the Ministry of the Environment of Haiti;
  • Dr. Michèle Pierre-Louis, President of the Knowledge and Freedom Foundation (FOKAL) and former Prime Minister of Haiti;
  • Mr. Christin Calixte, representative of the Civil Society Platform on Climate Change (PSC-CC);
  • Ms. Rueanna Haynes, Legal Advisor, Climate Analytics; and
  • Dr. Didacus Jules, Director General of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

Mr. Jean-Claude Louis, Coordinator of Panos Caraïbes, Haiti, moderated the panel.