Mission and context
What are the Climate Dialogues?
Aiming to demonstrate a consensus on the need for raising climate ambition to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement , the Climate Dialogues form a two-week event by offering a host of intersectoral meetings in a program supported and co-created by civil society groups in Quebec. By federating spaces for exchanges in parallel with international climate negotiations, the Climate Dialogues facilitate the participation of civil society – too often compromised by numerous barriers – in these major climate events.
For the 2nd edition, the Climate Dialogues will also be held before and after the 27th Conference of the Parties (CdP-27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in order to prepare Quebec civil society for this highlight of the international climate agenda, to provide tools to limit global warming below 1.5°C and to continue the mobilization.
The Conferences of the Parties (CdP) or Conferences of the Parties (COP) are pivotal moments in diplomacy and international cooperation in the fight against the climate crisis. Historically, during these summits on the climate, the mobilization of civil society has largely contributed to generating increased climate ambition and to reducing the gap between the delegations participating in the formal negotiation spaces and those observing.
COP-27 will be a crucial moment to assess whether States have kept their promises, whether they have been able to present more ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C . COP-27 will also be an opportunity to ensure that all voices are heard globally to advance climate justice.
Three axes of programming
The day opens with a discussion with people who are experts in a specific climate-related issue in order to offer a popularization workshop on the major themes on the daily agenda of COP-27. The breakfast panel proposes to link climate negotiations to local issues in Quebec by discussing with the participants, mobilizing them and identifying possible solutions.
People report daily on events, announcements and the progress of live negotiations from COP-27 in Egypt, while answering questions from civil society. These “debriefing” sessions see the emergence of new collaborations and mobilization strategies to challenge the general public, decision-makers and other stakeholders of influence in climate matters.
The Major civil society meetings are an opportunity to offer rich and diversified panels led by the partner organizations of the Climate Dialogues, their members and their partners as well as citizens who wish to get involved. The key themes of climate policy are explored in depth, and levers for action to raise the ambition of Quebec and Canada are explored.
Support an intersectional and intergenerational dialogue to foster the
raising the ambition of states, federated states like Quebec,
cities and regions
Promote the participation of Quebec civil society in COP-27 and engage
citizens towards the appropriation of climate issues for them
Highlight the knowledge and expertise of civil society in the fight against
against climate change
Highlight the interrelation between international climate negotiations
and levels of action from international to local
Make the voices of civil society heard.
Be part of a perspective of participatory democracy encouraging the
co-creation and networking
Diversity of programming to foster inclusion
Free to actively participate in meetings
Accessibility to the event for people who have difficulty joining a virtual event. Activities mainly in French, with the possibility of including English-speaking communities