Climate School Co-Hosts COP27 Dialogue on Accelerating Climate Breakthroughs in Small Island Nations

Climate School Co-Hosts COP27 Dialogue on Accelerating Climate Breakthroughs in Small Island Nations

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Picture: Rajiv Joshi

On November 9, as a part of COP27, the Columbia Climate School helped carry collectively representatives from small island creating states to debate tips on how to speed up local weather breakthroughs in these nations which are among the many hardest hit by climate change impacts.

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The inclusive dialogue — referred to as a Talanoa dialogue — was convened in partnership with small island creating states (SIDS), the UN Excessive Degree Champions, the Local2030 Island Community, Kite Insights, and dozens of different organizations from world wide. The Columbia Climate School’s affiliate dean for local weather motion, Rajiv Joshi, helped to facilitate the occasion with assist from program design director Johanna Lovecchio.

The occasion assembled greater than 100 individuals of numerous backgrounds, ages, and experience to share tales of local weather motion and develop plans to strengthen resilience, speed up motion, and improve the stream of finance. Members included senators and ministers from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Cookay Islands, St Lucia, Jamaica, Palau, Dominican Republic, and lots of different elements of the world, in addition to leaders in enterprise, tutorial and civil society.

Within the phrases of one of many occasion’s opening audio system, Brianna Fruean, a younger chief from Samoa, Talanoa means to “open knots, however it additionally means to tug out the threads, and collectively we will weave these threads into a brand new tapestry, and create a imaginative and prescient for a greater future.”

The dialogue started with a robust musical efficiency from Mia Kami from Tonga:

Key takeaways from the dialogue included:

  • The need and ambition of SIDS will not be doubtful. It’s the will and ambition of others — or relatively lack thereof — that’s failing to handle the wants of SIDS.
  • Non-state actors shared particulars of recent initiatives which are delivering local weather motion in SIDS, such because the Lightsmith Group’s water harvesting expertise in Papua New Guinea and the Climate Finance Entry Community’s enlargement to the Caribbean.
  • SIDS emphasised that breakthroughs should be grounded in SIDS, and constructed from the underside up. It must be an inclusive course of.
  • Extra time is required to dig deeper into the chances of what we will obtain collectively on constructing a climate-resilient, net-zero future for SIDS. The individuals concluded that we must always convene extra Talanoa to construct on the journey we began collectively.

The discussions have impressed future thematic dialogues to be held via COP27, and the evolution of a Talanoa Breakthrough Agenda for SIDS, which Columbia hopes to proceed supporting as a part of its give attention to coastal resilience.

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In her opening remarks, youth ambassador Brianna Fruean of Samoa stated that “‘Tala’ means ‘untie,’ and ‘noa’ means ‘knot.’ We’re coming collectively in the present day to untie the knot and collectively construct a brand new tapestry crammed with the voices of one another. We’re right here at COP to just do that.”

The Climate Motion Group — working throughout Columbia College and the Climate School via the Coverage Affect Lab — is wanting ahead to constructing on these dialogues to assist coaching, venture preparation, and partnership growth. The group goals to assist climate-vulnerable communities, with a selected give attention to small islands creating states the place adaptation, resilience, and vitality entry stay important challenges, and the place delivering on the promise of a 1.5C future is known as a query of human survival.

The Talanoa dialogue “has reminded us that with out drawing on ancestral data and knowledge traditions, we can’t handle the threats to our widespread future,” stated Rajiv Joshi, the Columbia Climate School’s affiliate dean for local weather motion. “We’re delighted to assist this agenda with unlikely allies and new circles of dedicated leaders working collectively to advance daring local weather motion, in mutuality and belief. On this decisive decade, if we’re to drive coverage influence and ship a good and quick transition towards a regenerative future for all, we’d like radical collaboration, mindset shift, and readability of imaginative and prescient.”