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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.
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)
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
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
Green Freight / Transport
Municipal Solid Waste
Phasing Down Hydrofluorocarbons
Business and SLCPs
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)
18:00 – Onwards RECEPTION
Reception provided for delegates to network on SLCPs
Closing remarks: Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP