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The incoming CVF presidency of the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) is convening a Head of Government level Summit on 22 November 2018 in an entirely virtual format–the 2018 CVF Virtual Summit.

In light of the UNFCCC Talanoa Facilitative Dialogue to take stock of global efforts to fulfill the Paris Agreement long-term goal to limit the increase in global temperatures, the CVF High Level Meeting at Marrakech, Morocco in November 2016 called for the holding of a Summit of the CVF in 2018 in a decision also supported the outcome of the April 2017 V20 Ministerial Dialogue at Washington, DC.

The 2018 CVF Virtual Summit aims to contribute to momentum and the raising of levels of climate action and ambition during the 2018-2020 period towards the safeguard of the world’s most vulnerable groups from climate change threats.

The Summit seeks to encourage the sharing of stories and perspectives on climate risks, new national actions and opportunities related to climate action, supporting decisions that serve the collective good in accordance with the Pacific concept of “Talanoa”.

Objectives of the Summit2018 CVF Virtual Summit

  • “Talanoa”: Sustain and amplify support and momentum for the successful conclusion to the 2018 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Talanoa Dialogue by sharing stories and perspectives that build empathy and cooperative global decision-making (as per the Pacific concept of “Talanoa”)
  • Promote enhanced action: Provide a leadership level platform for vulnerable countries’ efforts to demonstrate and raise ambition
  • Global cooperation and solidarity: Provide a mechanism for observer nations and non-state actors to express commitments to enhanced ambition in solidarity to vulnerable nations and to further partnerships with the CVF and V20
  • Raise awareness: Provide a unique internet- and social media- based opportunity for information diffusion and public exchanges on the risks of climate change and the opportunities related to the tackling of climate change, including in relation to key findings of the IPCC Special Report on 1.5 Degrees expected for release in October 2018
  • Leadership support: Leadership engagement on the program of work of the CVF and V20, including the CVF Vision and V20 decisions
  • Organizational development: Addressing Forum membership and institutional matters including in relation to the body’s sustainability and organisational status

Format of the Summit

The 2018 CVF Summit is being organized entirely online as a “Virtual Summit”.

The use of this format aims to maximize cost-effectiveness, inclusivity and global participation, while minimizing any adverse climate impacts of the meeting in a demonstration of what can be achieved with the solutions of today.

The Summit will feature live and interactive online sessions and the statements of Heads of Government broadcast virtually.


Heads of Government of the member states of the CVF together with observing government leaders prepared to indicate further national actions between now and 2020, and select high-level observing non-governmental representatives.

Key Preparatory Activities

  • CVF High Level/Delegation Meeting, New York, US, September 2018 (date/time pending)
  • V20 Ministerial Dialogue V and Deputies Meeting, Bali, Indonesia, 12-14 October 2018 (date/time pending)

Join the Conversation

You can already follow or join the conversation via the hashtags: #VirtualClimateSummit #1o5C and #StepUp2018.

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