YOUNGO’s Talanoa Toolkit for Local COYs  



As Fiji took over the presidency of COP23, it called on states and non-state actors to take part in the Talanoa Dialogue. People, organisations, citizens, companies: everyone who has a stake in climate change is invited to share their stories of how they relate to climate change, what problems they encounter and what solutions they envisage and have found. The goal of this process is to build empathy, trust, and cooperation; It is meant to encourage everyone to be more ambitious in fighting climate change; and it will build up momentum so that states improve their national ambitions to transition into carbon neutral societies as soon as possible.

The Local Conferences of Youth (LCOYs) that are taking place in 2018 will participate in the Talanoa Dialogue by hosting events in line with the Talanoa principles. They will share stories of young people and help youth to find their role in the face of climate change.

This Toolkit can help organisers of LCOYs or similar events to host Talanoa Sessions. When reading this Toolkit keep in mind that the Talanoa process is still very young and that we are all in a process of experimenting and learning. Take this Toolkit as an inspiring starting point on which you can build on. (By the way, you can check out other Talanoa Toolkits here, here, here, and here.)

However, not any event can be called a Talanoa Session. There are core principles that lie at the heart of Talanoa. Furthermore, Talanoa Sessions hosted at LCOYs are special, because they feed into the working of YOUNGO. This Toolkit will spell out the core principles of Talanoa Sessions hosted at LCOYs. It will then present best practices of Talanoa Session that serve as sources of inspiration.

Everyone is invited to contribute to this toolkit: If you think you gained valuable experience by hosting an event in line with the Talanoa principles, then do not hesitate and share your best (or worst) practices by contacting XXXXX. Let’s learn from each other!


The Talanoa Process

The Talanoa Dialogue was formally launched last year in Bonn at the COP23 under the secretary of Fiji and will last until the COP24. This process is part of the “global stocktake”, a procedure that was established with Article 14 of the Paris Agreement. This stocktake is immensely important: Already when state leaders signed the Paris Agreement, they knew that their actions would not suffice. This is why they agreed to regularly review the progress they have made and to ratchet up their ambitions until the goals of Paris would be reached. For this purpose, the Talanoa Dialogue offers an innovative framework in which states and non-state stakeholders will refrain from blaming and search for solutions together.

The Talanoa Dialogue is divided into two phases: The preparatory and the political phase. The preparatory phase will last until the 29th October, giving any stakeholder the opportunity to submit Talanoa stories to the COP secretariat. These stories will serve as a basis for the political phase taking place at the COP24. In this phase, state Ministers will, again, take stock of existing actions and try to find solutions to transition faster into carbon neutral societies. More on the political phase here.  And on the preparatory phase here.

Important Dates of the Talanoa Dialogue


Core principles of LCOY Talanoa Sessions

Talanoa is a traditional word used in Fiji and across the Pacific to reflect a process of inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue. The purpose of Talanoa is to share stories, build empathy and to make wise decisions for the collective good. The process of Talanoa involves the sharing of ideas, skills and experience through storytelling.

(quoted from the Talanoa Dialogue website)


Three Central Questions

  • Where are we?
  • Where do we want to go?
  • How do we get there?

These three questions lie at the heart of the Talanoa process. Every contribution to the Talanoa process should answer one or more of these questions. Since each of them can be interpreted in different way, we came up with possible sub-questions that you can view by moving your cursor on the main questions.


Concrete Topics for Talanoa Sessions

We recommend that at least one Talanoa Session hosted at an LCOY should revolve around a concrete theme. One central goal of the Talanoa is to share personal stories and to create more ambitious actions. To reach this goal, it is helpful to exchange experiences, knowledge, and stories that all revolve around the same topic. What topics to choose depends on the specific local contexts. For some inspiration, here are some examples:

Ocean Protection




Any of the topics covered in the YOUNGO working groups. (More on this HERE)

A very specific issue in your local context like “How do we improve the mobility system in our city?” A session on such a topic could go into depth and try to develop concrete solutions and actions to tackle the issue.

Output created from Talanoa Sessions

Talanoa Sessions hosted at LCOYs should produce some form of output that can be shared with YOUNGO and other people. These outputs can take different forms such as documents and/or films, audio recordings, or other forms of artistic expression.

However, we recommend to have at least one Output Document that entails the following topics:

  • How the Talanoa Session was conducted (The basic processes involved.)
  • How was each Central Question related to the topic being discussed?
  • How each Central Question was used to tackle the issues and problems associated with the topic of the Talanoa Sessionwith the topics that was being talked about in the Talanoa.
  • What solutions were found to the specific problems addressed in the Talanoa SessionDiscuss the solutions that was talked about to address the problems associated with the topics that was being talked about in the Talanoa
  • Elaborate whether or not the Talanoa Session was a success? Why?
  • YouWe can write down the thoughts the participants had before and after the Talanoa Session.
  • YouAnd we can discuss if the Overall Talanoa Process was a success or not.
  • Finish with a fruitful conclusive statement.


Our selection of Best Practices


Your best practice
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This is the place, where you can share your best, or worst, practice. Every experience can be valuable when shared with other. You hosted an event that suits the principles of the Talanoa Dialogue. Then share your experience by contacting … Read More

Photography exhibition
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Many young people have stories to tell yet will not be able to attend an LCOY in their region. A photography exhibition can allow them to tell share stories without being present at a conference.   We at the LCOY … Read More

Talanoa Portrait Videos
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  This idea is inspired by the movie “Human” by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Here a small taster, it’s worth the ten minutes The idea is simple: In October 2018, we will use our LCOY in the Netherlands to film young people … Read More

Active Break Room
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Over the duration of your LCOY, an area is dedicated for answering the Talanoa-Questions. The Questions (and subquestions) are to be presented and a responsible person is standing by to answer possible questions. The focus of the questions is to … Read More

May Intersessionals 2018
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  May Session Bonn The Talanoa Dialogue at the May Sessions (18 May 2018) Brief History of TD The Talanoa Dialogue was launched at COP 23. The approach to the Dialogue described in 1/CP.23, annex II, states that the process … Read More

Talanoa at the LCOY Fiji
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  Talanoa Sessions at the LCOY Fiji The Talanoa Process(es) serves significant importance to the people in Fiji and as well as to those in the Pacific region. The Talanoa sessions are supposed to be interactive and an open medium … Read More