Lima Paris Action Agenda - SLCP Focus Day

4 December, 2015
Paris, France

4 December 2015, 15:00-18:15, Observer room 12, Blue Zone, COP21

Taking action to prevent dangerous climate change is urgent and requires a strong global commitment toward deep and lasting reductions of carbon dioxide (CO2). Less known is that the best opportunity to slow the immediate rate of near-term warming is to quickly cut emissions from short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPS) –hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), methane, black carbon, and tropospheric ozone. These pollutants stay in the atmosphere for a few days to a decade, but have a global warming potential many times that of carbon dioxide.

The SLCP Focus aims at achieving three things: providing the rationale for fast action to reduce SLCPs, outlining the progress achieved so far and future commitments, and outlining specific announcements in various sectors: oil and gas, green freight, municipal solid waste and alternatives to HFCs.

AGENDA

Session I: Rationale for Fast Action

15:00-15:45 RENOWNED EXPERTS AND PRACTITIONERS DISCUSS THE COMPELLING REASONS TO TAKE FAST ACTION TO REDUCE SLCPS.

Opening Keynote: Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France

Moderator: Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

  • Mario Molina, Nobel Laureate, Professor, Mario Molina Centre for Energy and Environment, Mexico
  • Drew Shindell, Professor, Duke University, and Chair of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Scientific Advisory Panel
  • Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Professor, University of California, and Member CCAC Scientific Assessment Panel
  • Maria Neira, Director, Public Health and Environment Department, World Health Organization

 

Session II: Progress and Announcements

15:45 – 16:30 NATIONAL AND LOCAL PROGRESS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

National and subnational policymakers discuss the successes and challenges of trying to reduce SLCPs.

Moderator: Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP

  • Andre Johnson, Minister of Environment, Togo
  • Rodolfo Lacy, Vice Minister of Planning and Environmental Policy, SEMARNAT, Mexico
  • Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary of Environment, Kenya
  • Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of Environment, Maldives
  • Tim Groser, Minister of Trade and Minister of Climate Change Issues, New Zealand
  • Cristian Bowen Garfias, Vice-Minister of Transport, Chile
  • I. Valentik, Deputy Minister of Environment, Russia
  • Cliff Rechtschaffen, Senior Advisor to the Governor, State of California

 

16:30 – 17:15 NON-STATE ACTOR’S PROGRESS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Building on announcements at the 2014 UN Climate Summit, companies and other non-state organisations announce new commitments and progress as part of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda

Moderator: Durwood Zaelke, President, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD)

Oil and Gas

  • Helge Lund, CEO, BG Group
  • Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

 

Green Freight / Transport

  • Drew Kodjak, Executive Director, International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)
  • Roger Libby, Senior Director Corporate Public Policy, DHL Deutsche Post
  • Shelia Watson, Director, FIA Foundation

 

Municipal Solid Waste

  • Gary Crawford, Vice President, Veolia, International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)
  • TBC, City Mayor

 

Phasing Down Hydrofluorocarbons

  • Kevin Fay, Executive Director, International Climate Change Partnership (ICCP)
  • John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO), UTC/Carrier
  • Jeff Seabright, CSO, Unilever
  • Antoine Azar, CSO, The Coca-Cola Company

 

Business and SLCPs

  • Aron Cramer, CEO, BSR
  • Clay Nesler, Vice President, Johnson Controls

 

Session III: The Way Forward

17-15 – 18:00 SUPPORTING THE SCALING-UP OF INITIATIVES BEYOND COP21

Organisations will showcase options for funding and supportive actions to reduce SLCPs, such as pipeline projects and tools to finance mitigation activities.

Moderator: Kate Hampton, Executive Director, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)

  • Jonathan Taylor, Vice-President, European Investment Bank
  • Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairman, Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • Karen Florini, Deputy Special Envoy on Climate, U.S.A. (representing the Arctic Council)
  • Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  • Stephen Alan Hammer, Manager of Climate Policy, World Bank
  • Hanne Inger Bjurstrøm, Climate Envoy, Norway, and CCAC Co-chair

 

18:00 – Onwards RECEPTION

Reception provided for delegates to network on SLCPs

Closing remarks: Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP

Event contact

Tiy Chung,
Communications Officer
+33 6 26 71 79 81
Tiy.Chung [at] un.org
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