The Coalition recognises that the availability of, and access to, financial resources to support actions that are transformational and reduce short-lived climate pollutants at scale is a key factor for the success of our work.
In the Coalition’s 5-Year Strategy we have expressly recognised the need to:
- Engage national and multi-lateral development banks and others to mainstream SLCP mitigation into their lending and program portfolios.
- Target and leverage scaled up private financial flows for short-lived climate pollutant mitigation and support the development of new markets and business plans, including by promoting the bankability of projects catalysed by Coalition initiatives.
For that reason, the Coalition encourages international, regional and national development banks, and interested financing institutions, to become Partners in the Coalition.
International, regional and national development banks, and interested financing institutions interested in becoming a Partner in the Coalition should write a formal letter to the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, with a copy to the Head of the Secretariat, at the addresses listed below.
In addition to any other information the applicant wishes to provide, the letter should:
(a) state the country endorses the Framework for the Coalition
(b) state the country endorses meaningful action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants
(c) identify particular areas of interest related to short-lived climate pollutants and any specific actions taken or planned to address near term climate change
(d) identify a primary point of contact, with name, title and email address for communication.
All non-state entities requesting to join should also address the following considerations in their letter:
(e) Does the applicant endorse meaningful action to reduce SLCPs through the Coalition?
(f) How do the applicant’s mission and/or capabilities relate to reducing SLCPs, and does the applicant have a demonstrated interest in working to reduce emissions of SLCPs?
(g) Does the applicant have the willingness and capacity to contribute to the work of the Coalition and support its objectives and initiatives?
(h) Does the applicant have an international character and not work in one country exclusively?
(i) Is the applicant accredited to a UN organization or body (e.g. ECOSOC, UNFCCC, UN Regional Commission or UNEP) or a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development or a participant in the UN Global Compact?
For those countries in a position to do so, the letter could indicate if the applicant intends to make any contributions of financial or other resources to support the Coalition’s activities.
While we must continue to aggressively reduce CO2 emissions, efforts to reduce short-lived climate pollutants like black carbon and methane can have an immediate effect on slowing warming. At the same time, such action can reap huge health, agriculture and other development benefits for the poorest and most vulnerable. Coalitions for action on SLCPs outside the UN climate convention, such as the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, help to demonstrate that success is possible and build confidence for advancing action in the negotiations.
In response to the CCAC Black Carbon Finance Study Group, I call on the international finance community to respond to these recommendations. Our cookstove program in Nigeria now reaches and empowers millions of women, creating job opportunities, while reducing emissions. It has been essential for local economic development and to protect women and children from harmful smoke and burn risks at home, in school kitchens and other places. We are ready to absorb more finance in this field.
On receipt of a country’s request to join the Coalition, the Secretariat will review the letter to ensure it meets the criteria in (a) to (i) above. Complete requests will then be considered at the next schedule Steering Committee meeting. If the Steering Committee recommends to the Working Group that the applicant should become a Non-State Partner in the Coalition, the request to join will be then circulated to all current Coalition partners for a non-objection period of 14 days.
If no objections are made, UNEP’s Executive Director will make a formal written response welcoming the country to the Coalition, and the date of this letter will be the date of entry into the Coalition. The total processing time for these applications is on average two to three months.
Letter should be sent to:
Executive Director (designate)
United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Avenue, Gigiri
PO Box 30552, 00100
With a copy via email to:
Helena Molin Valdes
Head of CCAC Secretariat
Division of Technology, Industry and Economics
United Nations Environment Programme