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As we approach the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement on 12th December, attention is focused what steps countries are taking to strengthen their emissions reduction targets and national climate commitments. Significant reduction of highly potent short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) is essential to advancing climate ambition while also boosting economies and quality of life for all.
SLCPs such as methane, black carbon, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and tropospheric ozone are warming the atmosphere and poisoning the air we breathe. Air pollution contributes to an estimated 7 million deaths per year and cause a significant number of health and development problems. Fast action to reduce these potent climate forcers is essential to achieving the goal of limiting global warming to below 1.5°C, preventing millions of premature deaths, improving food security, and attaining the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Already, some countries – including Chile and Rwanda – have included action on short-lived climate pollutants in their enhanced nationally determined contributions (NDCs), while others are considering how they can do so.
During this virtual event, high-level government representatives from Chile, Rwanda and other countries will share opportunities to tackle SLCPs in enhanced NDCs and inform ambitious action and advocacy in the lead up to the Paris anniversary Climate Ambition Summit and to COP26 next year. The audience will be able to participate in the discussion through a question-and-answer session at the end of the presentations.
Sir Nicholas Kay, COP26 Ambassador for Africa
Mr. Andres Landerretche, National COP25 Coordinator, Chile
Mr. Enkhbat Altangerel, Director General, Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia
Mr. Felipe Diaz, International Negotiator, SLCPs and Transparency, Ministry of Environment
Mr. John Henry Melo Pineda, General Coordinator NDC Update Process, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia