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We’re delighted to support this annual fixture of the Interfaith Liaison Committee to the UNFCCC’s programme for COP, which will take place in Garnethill Synagogue following the COP26 Vigil on George Square.

The 26th Conference of Parties (COP 26) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Glasgow, Scotland, is a crucial moment for governments to adopt the guidelines for the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement.

As members of faith communities, we have made significant contributions in addressing the immense challenges posed by climate change through advocacy, mobilisation, capacity building and education. While gathering around the COP 26, it will be good for us to have a moment of sharing together.

This gathering aims to serve as a platform for faith communities attending COP26 to share their initiatives, concerns and hopes in their work for climate justice under a Talanoa Dialogue framework.

Talanoa dialogues are indigenous peoples from Fiji’s way of solving problems in their communities, and the Fijian Presidency of COP 23 introduced the concept to work on the most challenging issues. The methodology of the Talanoa Dialogue lead participants to address the following questions:

  • Where are we?
  • Where do we want to go?
  • How do we get there?

This event will introduce an opening panel that will expose the different topics that will be available for conversation, followed by small-group Talanoa dialogues where participants will be able to exchange perspectives and thoughts. This will be followed by an interfaith spiritual service and a light shared meal.

The plenary discussion and the interfaith service will be livestreamed on YouTube and online participation to the small discussion groups will take place via Zoom.

We invite all faith-oriented participants and those who are interested to participate in this informal gathering. Register for your free ticket.

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