SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility co-organize Talanoa Dialogue during Climate Diplomacy Week with the EU and Thailand
Bangkok, 21 June, 2018 – The European Union (EU) and its Member States together with Thailand’s Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) jointly held a Talanoa Dialogue today to take stock of their collective and individual efforts towards the global goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The event, which took place as part of the EU’s global Climate Diplomacy Week efforts, contributes to a wider global exercise called the Talanoa Dialogue, launched by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP23) Presidency of Fiji to establish inclusive, multi-stakeholder consultations on climate at the country level throughout 2018.
The European Union sees the Talanoa Dialogue as a key moment to focus on the solutions and the potential associated with the low-carbon transformation, while further enhancing cooperation and trust with partners around the globe. It also sets the tone for the EU’s annual Climate Diplomacy week celebrated this week.
Today’s event raised awareness of climate changes risks and opportunities in Thailand, and presented diverse voices, bringing together Thailand’s civil society, academia, the private sector and government, as well as European Union Member States.
ONEP, Thailand’s UNFCCC National Focal Point, co-organised the dialogue aware of the severity of
impacts, risks and vulnerabilities that Thailand has been facing as a result of climate change as well as the urgency to act at national, regional and international level. Dr. Raweewan Bhuridej, Secretary General, ONEP emphasised further, “The Talanoa Dialogue gives us an opportunity to hear meaningful stories on best practices and experiences from key stakeholders on their efforts in implementing climate actions. It is also a chance to hear stories from EU Member States who are our long-term partners in order to seek the opportunity to enhance further cooperation to collectively address these global challenges of climate change.” As part of its response to climate change, the Royal Thai government has already set a target to reduce GHG emissions by 20-25% by 2030 while its National Adaptation Plan will ensure its development toward a climate-resilient future.
The EU was keen to share its experiences implementing the world’s most ambitious climate policies. While already committing to cut its emissions by at least 40% by 2030 with respect to 1990 levels, its pre-2020 actions have already brought results. As Ms. Luisa Ragher, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Thailand, said in her opening speech, “The European experience shows that ambitious climate policies and economic growth go together. Between 1990 and 2016 the EU reduced its emissions by 23% while GDP grew by over 50%.”
In Thailand and across the continent through programmes such as the EU-funded SWITCH-Asia, which
represents a commitment of nearly half a billion Euro to transforming society toward sustainable consumption and production, the European Union has been a leader. Through two Climate Diplomacy Weeks in 2018 (18-24 June and 24-30 September), the EU is resolved to further stimulate discussions on the implementation of the Paris Agreement and how to move forward as it reaches out to collaborate on climate change in Thailand and elsewhere.
For further information please contact Ratanaporn BISTUER at the European Union Delegation to
Thailand, Tel: +66 2 305 2600, Email: Ratanaporn.BISTUER@eeas.europa.eu