For more than 20 years, governments around the word have been meeting annually to find ways to resolve the climate crisis. At last year's UN climate change summit in Bonn, Germany, the Fijian government who held the presidency of the summit, introduced the Talanoa Dialogue process.
"Talanoa" is a traditional word used in Fiji and across the Pacific to reflect a process of inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue. In the past year, parties to the Paris Agreement have come forward to share stories of their efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change, in order to break the climate deadlock.
During the opening session of the Talanoa Dialogue at this year's UN climate change summit, or COP24, former French Foreign Minister and President of the successful 2015 Paris Climate Change negotiations pleaded with ministers "to do the right thing."
Ayoola Kassim, one of the Earth Journalism Network's Climate Change Media Partnership fellows has this report from Katowice, Poland.