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Rapidly reducing methane emissions from energy, agriculture, and waste can achieve near-term gains in our efforts in this decade for decisive action and is regarded as the single most effective strategy to keep the goal of limiting warming to 1.5˚C within reach while yielding co-benefits including improving public health and agricultural productivity.
To address this issue, over 100 countries endorsed the Global Methane Pledge (GMP) during the Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in November 2021. GMP countries agree to take voluntary actions to contribute to a collective effort to reduce global methane emissions by at least 30 percent from 2020 levels by 2030, which could eliminate over 0.2˚C warming by 2050. Across sectors, there exists a variety of technical solutions to reduce methane emissions, many of which have been or are being supported by the private sector, and bilateral and multilateral organizations in low and middle income countries (LMIC).
The panel discussion will bring together representatives from bilateral, multilateral, and philanthropic organizations to reflect on actions they have taken one year after the launch of the GMP and discuss their plan to accelerate and scale methane abatement efforts in developing countries. This discussion will provide an opportunity for the audience, particularly those from LMICs, to learn about methane abatement actions taken by the donor community, and to identify potential areas for collaboration with external partners.
● Rick Duke, US Deputy Special Envoy on Climate, US Department of State
● Gillian Caldwell, Chief Climate Officer, USAID
● Jo Puri, Associate Vice President, IFAD
● Marcelo Mena, Chief Executive Officer, Global Methane Hub
● Martina Otto, Head of Climate and Clean Air Coalition Secretariat, CCAC, UNEP
● Gareth Phillips, Climate and Environment Finance Division Manager, African Development Bank