Mexican Talanoa Dialogue

On June 4, 2018, more than fifty specialists gathered at the Tower II of Humanities of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in response to the call for a Mexican Talanoa Dialogue made by the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Sciences and Humanities (CEIICH, UNAM) which gave continuity to the efforts made by the Cities-IPCC group.

In partnership with ICLEI International Secretariat, ICLEI Secretariat for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and the Knowledge Platform for Urban Transformation, the initiative aimed to position within the international process of the Talanoa Dialogue, launched at COP23, a reading from Mexico about where we are, where we want to go and how we can reach desirable goals for urban climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The  Mexican Talanoa Dialogue (MTD), focused on a local scale and specifically on cities, responds to the challenge posed by urban population growth and the projected expansion of the built environment by the middle and end of the XXI century.

Following the principles of the Talanoa Dialogue, a constructive, inclusive, participatory, cooperative and transparent  dialogue was carried out. Based on the construction of empathy and trust between stakeholders, the MTD fostered the socialization of visions and experiences as a starting point for a general national assessment on cities and climate change, followed by the identification of potential solutions for urban adaptation and mitigation.

The dialogue was structured in four thematic areas: (1) Challenges and perspectives of the science of climate change at the local level; (2) Urban adaptation and mitigation of climate change; (3) Urban planning, urban design and new technologies; and the (4) Economics of climate change, urban-scale financing and local capacity development.

The MDT Report opens with a brief assessment on the main climate change implications for Mexico and the planned and nationally determined contributions that seek to address them. It then synthesizes the main messages derived from the MTD exercise, which have been organized into three sections:

  1. Where we are?: what are national commitments; what is the GHG emissions profile of the country; what can be attributed to the urban; and what is the perception about the actual inclusion of the imaginary of sustainable urban development in national and local policies?
  2. Where we want to go?: What are the possible links between climate action, the objectives of sustainable development and urban development policy; and how can such agendas be coordinated to strengthen Mexico's determined contributions (NDCs), while advancing towards inclusive sustainability and reducing social asymmetries?
  3. How to achieve the stated objectives, including technical, financial and governance aspects that are needed for coordinating agendas, particularly those that enable the compliance of NDCs.

The MTD Report is also available in Spanish.

Project coordinators: Gian Carlo Delgado Ramos (CEIICH-UNAM), Maryke van Staden (ICLEI International Secretariat), Edgar Villaseñor Franco (ICLEI Secretariat Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean). Scientific reviewers: Úrsula Oswald Spring (CRIM-UNAM), Antonina Ivanova Boncheva (UABCS), and Ana Rosa Moreno Sánchez (FM-UNAM).

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