Reducing short-lived climate pollutants has multiple benefits for cities – including air quality, public health, food security and energy efficiency – and should be a core component of any city’s climate and sustainable development vision.
When we work with cities on cost-effective measures to reduce short-lived climate pollutants and their numerous near-term benefits I am more confident than ever we can cut global warming in the near term and improve the quality of life and livelihoods of millions of people.
Hanne Inger Bjurstrøm
Penang is proud to contribute to the global effort to address climate change through innovative solutions to this complex problem. Over the past few years we have been encouraging the diversion of organic waste away from the landfill and toward useful products such as compost and soil amenders. We are also encouraging waste separation at source and the establishment of zero waste communities. We are ready to lead!
Maimunah Mohd Sharif
Become a city “Actor” in the Coalition
Cities, including sub-national entities including regional and local governments, are encouraged to become an Actor in one or more Coalition initiatives.
Actor in the Coalition means any national and sub-national governments, international organisation, non-governmental organisation or private sector entity who is not a Partner in the Coalition but is actively engage in specific Coalition initiatives or activities; and approved according to the Coalition’s procedures.
How to apply
International, regional and national development banks, and interested financing institutions interested in becoming a “Partner” in the Coalition should write a formal letter to the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, with a copy to the Head of the Secretariat, at the addresses listed below.
In addition to any other information the applicant wishes to provide, the letter should:
(a) state the city endorses the Framework for the Coalition
(b) state the city endorses meaningful action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants
(c) identify particular areas of interest related to short-lived climate pollutants and any specific actions taken or planned to address near term climate change
(d) identify a primary point of contact, with name, title and email address for communication.
All non-state entities requesting to join should also address the following considerations in their letter:
(e) Does the applicant endorse meaningful action to reduce SLCPs through the Coalition?
(f) How do the applicant’s mission and/or capabilities relate to reducing SLCPs, and does the applicant have a demonstrated interest in working to reduce emissions of SLCPs?
(g) Does the applicant have the willingness and capacity to contribute to the work of the Coalition and support its objectives and initiatives?
(h) Does the applicant have an international character and not work in one country exclusively?
(i) Is the applicant accredited to a UN organization or body (e.g. ECOSOC, UNFCCC, UN Regional Commission or UNEP) or a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development or a participant in the UN Global Compact?
For those countries in a position to do so, the letter could indicate if the applicant intends to make any contributions of financial or other resources to support the Coalition’s activities.
Following receipt of the application, the Secretariat will consult with partners engaged in the initiative or initiatives identified, and respond to you with the outcome. The processing of these applications takes on average two weeks.