PRINCIPLES FOR DIALOGUE ON CLIMATE ACTION:
Climate dialogues should bring together a wide variety of public, private, and civil society stakeholders able to integrate global challenges with regional environmental and economic needs. Private sector representation should span formal to informal and large to micro enterprises, giving them a voice in decisions that impact them directly. Inclusive dialogues will be needed at both national and sub-national levels, with effective coordination between them.
Climate change poses an immediate as well as long-term threat. Pacific islands and low-lying states confronting rising seas, glaciers disappearing, and city dwellers enveloped in healthendangering smog are but a few examples. Dialogues should be driven by the need for ambitious and urgent action prioritized based on country context and the most pressing local and regional challenges posed by climate change.
To be informed of the multiple challenges of climate change, but also the range of solutions and possible actions, requires a drive for awareness within the climate dialogue process. This includes respectful attention to the varying opinions of stakeholders as well as knowledge-sharing and the building of a common understanding of issues and opportunities among stakeholder groups. Awareness-building is a continuous process that should occur at national and sub-national levels.
Participation in dialogues, while inclusive, should be appropriate to the country context so as to encourage efficiency in decision-making. An effective governance framework coupled with a well-structured process will avoid gridlock and enable participants to identify, prioritize, and resolve issues through climate action. Leadership from government and the private sector should aim to convene and motivate diverse stakeholders to work together effectively toward solutions aimed at meeting ambitious targets.
To build trust, climate dialogues must be transparent in their agendas, discussions, and outcomes and must function in a consistent and predictable manner. Policies, goals, and timelines concerning data-sharing and confidentiality, online presence, and dialogue participants, governing structure, and process should be made public. The confidentiality of sensitive business-related data must be respected.
Accountability in a dialogue helps build trust, confidence, and a sense of ownership. Inclusive dialogues should reach a common understanding of targets and results through a transparent process. To build accountability, dialogue recommendations must be fact-based and datadriven so that impacted parties can be confident they are based on a solid foundation. Results of recommendations should be trackable to accurately measure performance and achievements stemming from the dialogue.