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The Ministerial High Level Assembly for The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) was held in Oslo, Norway, on 3 September.
The High Level Assembly brought together Ministers and heads of CCAC Partner institutions to direct the Coalition’s work. This Assembly focused on significantly bolstering financing for SLCP mitigation and better mainstreaming the SLCP agenda into the health community and its key institutions. The Assembly put a spotlight on the latest science on SLCPs and the potential health, food security and climate benefits of reducing their impact. The latest science helps inform transformational national decisions and global actions through the CCAC and beyond.
Fast action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) that “live” from days up to a couple of decades in the atmosphere, has the potential to prevent millions of premature deaths each year, avoid annual losses of some of the world’s staple crops and slow down the global warming expected by 2050 by as much as half a degree.
Environment and Health
The CCAC initiatives have the potential to substantially improve health and prevent diseases and death. To fully capture the public health benefits from such interventions, it is critical to engage the health sector and to elevate the profile of programs that address SLCPs as a tool for health policy makers. Environmental policy makers can also use health information to build a strong argument for action on SLCPs. Cooperation among these stakeholders can help promote ambitious action at the national level and on the international stage.
Financing for SLCP Mitigation
The CCAC supports enabling policies that can drive private investment, funds efforts to deploy demonstration projects using Trust Fund resources, and is building catalytic partnerships with Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), major existing regional and global funding instruments, including the Global Environment Facility (GEF), health funds and the private sector, for rapid implementation of large scale concrete, on-the-ground projects that reduce SLCPs.
The ten CCAC initiatives consist of thematic areas to help scale up and accelerate action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) emissions. The key issues selected for discussion at the High Level Assembly focus on scaling up the work under the landfills and municipal solid waste, HFC alternatives technology and standards, and oil and natural gas production initiatives.
Climate and Clean Air Coalition
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) is a voluntary partnership uniting governments, intergovernmental organizations, civil society and the private sector in the first global effort to treat short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) as a collective challenge. Launched in February 2012, the Coalition has grown to more than 70 Partners. The CCAC Partners have launched major initiatives aimed at sparking significant emission reductions of SLCPs.
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