Opportunities to achieve multiple benefits for climate change, air pollution and sustainable development in Africa

10 November, 2021
14:15 GMT
15:15 GMT
Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Health Pavilion, Blue Zone, COP26
Side event of The CCAC at COP26

Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents to climate change and also suffers a large health burden from air pollution, and accounts for more than half of all child deaths from air pollution. This event will highlight an upcoming assessment that will identify and evaluate those solutions that can simultaneously reduce air pollution across the African continent, with large benefits for public health, while at the same time mitigating climate change and achieving other sustainable development goals. The session will include presentations that will provide an overview of this Climate and Clean Air Coalition/ African Union assessment and present preliminary results.  

 In addition, many countries across Africa have already integrated air quality and health benefits into their NDCs. The session will highlight practical ways in which air pollution, and Short-lived Climate pollutants (SLCPs) can be integrated into climate change plans, and how countries in Africa can increase their climate ambition by considering multiple benefits delivered by reducing SLCPs. Highlights will come from experiences in Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire, and Ghana. The event will provide insights on how countries can build on existing commitments and establish air pollution abatement/SLCP mitigation in their NDCs, and how these can be planned and implemented. 

Moderator:

Chris Malley, Stockholm Environment Institute

Speakers: 

  • Philip Osano, Stockholm Environment Institute: Assessment of air pollution, climate change and sustainable development across Africa: Overview of a new CCAC Assessment.
  • Dr Mercy Mwangangi, Chief Administrative Officer of the Ministry of Health: Kenya's National Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Planning Process.
  • Ange-Benjamin Brida, CCAC Coordinator, Cote d'Ivoire: Enhancing climate change mitigation ambition through inclusion of SLCPs and air pollutants in Cote d'Ivoire.
  • Abdelali Dakkina, National SLCP Coordinator, Morocco: Identifying priorities for SLCP mitigation in Morocco to achieve climate change and air pollution benefits.

Event contact

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