Message from the secretariat

This year we made it a priority to meet with Ministers and leaders of organisations from around the world to discuss their vision for ambitious climate action. The message coming out of these regions, countries and sectors has been clear: the urgency for action cannot be overstated. Short-lived climate pollutants are a necessary area for action to achieve the Paris Agreement temperature goals and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda because:

  • We need to close the emissions gap indicated by science through fast action – reducing methane, black carbon and HFCs, in addition to CO2, to cut the rate of warming in half by mid-century.
  • Increased ambition in Nationally Determined Contributions means both in the implementation of the current ones, and in their revisions - including short-lived climate pollutants will also bring additional benefits for health and air quality.

  • There is a strong economic case to reducing these pollutants.
  • We have multiple examples of successful actions to follow.

As part of the UNFCCC Talanoa Dialogue submission process, Climate & Clean Air Coalition partners have launched a Statement & Joint Submission that sets out how to reduce the rate of near-term warming through fast cuts in short-lived climate pollutant emissions and avoid up to 0.6˚C of warming by 2050.

The statement is open to all countries and organisations for endorsement. Join us by endorsing it as soon as possible – we will submit it in October!

   

News highlights

Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s Talanoa statement calls for fast action on short-lived climate pollutants

Partners call on all countries and stakeholders to endorse the statement before COP 24 in Katowice, Poland this December.

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Ministers push for increased climate ambition at special New York roundtable

On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Ministers and representatives from 12 countries and 7 organizations, discussed their vision for ambitious action to reach Paris Agreement temperature goals.

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The 2018 Climate and Clean Air Awards winners

The awardees are a snapshot of efforts from every corner of the globe, every level of society, and across numerous sectors to reduce near- and long-term warming.

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G7 Environment Minister’s meeting calls for targeted efforts to reduce short-lived climate pollutants

The meeting singled out short-lived climate pollutants as an area for urgent action and reduction opportunities to protect against climate change.

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Step by step towards clean air in Kenya

Ministry of Health staff learn about household air pollution and how to quantify the health impacts from the use of traditional fuels for cooking and heating.

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IAAF installs first stadium air quality monitor in Monaco

HSH Prince Albert II helped kick off the UN Environment / IAAF pilot programme that aims to have 1,000 monitors stationed in athletics tracks around the world.

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Latin America and Caribbean countries look to maximise benefits from climate action

Leaders from the region discussed how integrating climate and air quality actions can help maximise national benefits and increase ambition to limit warming to 1.5˚C.

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