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New York City Talanoa Dialogue

24 September 2018 |

Natural Capital Partners is hosting a series of five round-table discussions in the U.S. and Europe, each gathering companies from a wide range of industries which are already taking steps to significantly lower emissions and contribute to sustainable development.

The Talanoa Dialogue was initiated by the Fijian presidency of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2017. It aims to hear from civil society and business about how to accelerate progress to net zero, ahead of the Conference of the Parties in December in Katowice, Poland (COP 24), where the rules to implement the Paris Agreement are set to be agreed. A traditional word to reflect a process of inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue, the Talanoa Dialogue focuses on three questions: Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there?

We think that the private sector has the desire, means, and ability to deliver urgent climate action and we’re offering selected clients the opportunity to share their perspectives. Through a frank and open conversation with other companies, our clients will explore what the future of private sector climate action and leadership looks like under the Paris Agreement and the role of business in achieving net zero carbon emissions.

The two Dialogues we have held so far this year in San Francisco (May) and London (July), brought together 15 companies with collective revenues totalling more than $500 billion. Participants were from a wide-range of sectors including energy, finance, FMCG, professional services, creative industries and technology, and produced some strong new ideas for corporate climate action. We will be holding Talanoa Dialogues in New York (September), Dublin (September), Amsterdam (October) before submitting a final report to the UNFCCC at the end of October.

For our East Coast Dialogue we are partnering with MetLife, one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. MetLife has a long history of working to improve the environment, which it demonstrates in a variety of ways including our greenhouse-gas reduction targets and its status as the first U.S.-based insurer to commit to carbon neutrality.

Attendence of our Talanoa Dialogues is by invitation only. Please contact Alex Watson if you are interested in attending.

Find out more about the our contribution to the Talanoa Dialogue in our blog.

Find out more about the Talanoa Dialogue on the official website.