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The Franciscan Delegation, represented by Friar Angelito Andig Cortez, OFM, from the Province of San Pedro Bautista in the Philippines, a member of the OFMJPIC Animation Commission and an active partner of Franciscan International, participated in the annual Talanoa Dialogue at the beginning of COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from November 5 to 18, 2022.

As members of the Interfaith Liaison Committee to the UNFCCC and the network working for climate justice and interfaith dialogue, the Franciscans actively participated in this interfaith event throughout the years.

The event acted as a forum for faith communities participating in COP27 to share their initiatives, concerns, and hopes for climate justice within the context of Talanoa discourse.

The Fijian Presidency of COP23 established the Talanoa discussion in order to address the most difficult issues. The Talanoa dialogue is a method of problem-solving utilised by Fiji’s indigenous peoples. The methodology of the Talanoa dialogue compels participants to consider the following issues:
Where are we now?
• Where are we headed?
• How will we arrive there?

Participants were able to share their viewpoints and ideas in small-group Talanoa conversations, which followed an introductory panel that explained the various conversational subjects.

Let us support him and all church actors and civil society organizations as they advocate and act for climate justice, and demand that our leaders build on efforts to engage with people who are working on and directly impacted by climate change to advance ethical and moral motivations to shift climate actions at all levels, including ways to promote a just energy transition, to scale up community-level climate finance, and for climate adaptation.