Climate Voices

November 7, 2017
By: Climate Generation

Your Window Into COP23 Day 2: November 7

Minnesota’s Lt. Governor endorses our state’s presence at COP23 and speaks to the state-level climate progress happening in the U.S., despite the federal government.

Yesterday, our delegates enjoyed meeting people from all over the world as they were welcomed by the traditional song and dance of Fiji during the COP23 opening ceremonies.

A key focus of COP23 – in addition to creating the rulebook for implementing the Paris Agreement – is to lay the groundwork for a successful Facilitative Dialogue in 2018. So, what is a Facilitative Dialogue and why is the planning happening now?

Back in Paris in 2015, world leaders agreed that they would assess their current climate action efforts in 2018 and use that analysis to create more ambitious goals. Each country in the Paris Agreement is responsible for submitting Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), or specific plans on how each nation will individually mitigate climate change, by 2020. The 2018 Facilitative Dialogue aims to encourage countries to commit to heightened contributions and provide a framework for the NDC check-ins that will occur every five years, starting in 2023.

As President of COP23, Fiji has proposed calling the Facilitative Dialogue the Talanoa Dialogue instead. In Fijian culture, talanoa means inclusive, participatory, and transparent, focusing on the collective goal.

Fiji is the first Pacific island to lead COP – providing tremendous opportunity to represent the voices of those most impacted by climate change and to remind the world of the necessary urgency. Addressing climate change is a matter of survival for those living on Pacific Islands, and it is the hope of many that this sense of criticality will set the tone of the COP.

Today, Nov. 7th, is Indigenous People’s Day at COP23. There are more than 370 million indigenous people around the world, and with Fiji leading with urgency and the spirit of Talanoa this COP will amplify their historically marginalized place. The Pacific Climate Warriors, representing Fiji and other island nations, are facilitating negotiations alongside indigenous peoples from the Amazon Basin, Africa, and other regions of the world; and our own delegate, Aurora Conley, an Anishinabe from the Bad River Tribe on Lake Superior will act as a voice for indigenous people of “Turtle Island” and the struggles they bear in the face of climate change.

Climate Generation Delegation Blogs

Ellen Anderson

The Road to Bonn & COP23



Espoir DelMain

Bula to Bonn!



Cheryl Olseth

The Weekend


You can also check out student blogs from youth delegates representing the School of Environmental Studies students at COP23.


Mark your calendar for the COP23 webcasts at 12 p.m. CST throughout the experience!

November 8: Click here to join the webinar to hear Cheryl, Espoir, and Ian talk about the first two days in Bonn.

November 9: Click here to join Leigh and Ellen’s webinar on energy policy and environmental law as solutions.

November 14: Click here to join the CLEAN (Climate Literacy) Network webinar featuring John and Adri.

November 15: Click here to join Minority Leader Melissa Hortman’s webinar on the presence of local U.S. government and leadership in Bonn.

November 16: Click here to join Aurora’s webinar as she discusses the role of Indigenous leaders and her climate action experience in Bonn.

Save the Date

Don’t miss our post-COP23 panel on November 27th, 12 to 1 p.m. CST, featuring representation from Governor Dayton’s office and our Minnesota delegates as they reflect on the Bonn Climate Talks. Attend in person or tune in digitally through our live webcast.

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