CCAC Official Side-Event: Reducing SLCPs for Quick Results on Climate and Development

9 December, 2015
Paris, France

Taking action to prevent dangerous climate change is urgent and requires a strong global commitment toward deep and lasting reductions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and actions that can deliver results fast. Reducing short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) can deliver rapid climate benefits that can help slow global warming by up to 0.5˚C between now and 2050 helping us avoid dangerous planetary responses and limit sea level rise.

Eliminating emissions of SLCPs like black carbon, methane, tropospheric ozone and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) also provides numerous benefits across a broad range of sectors and helps achieve a number of sustainable development goals. A number of countries, cities and other actors have already seen the quick results and multiple benefits to air quality, health, the environment, and food and energy security from recent actions to reduce SLCPs.

This side-event is an opportunity to hear from different countries about their motives to reduce SLCPs, the benefits they have seen from their activities, how they have overcome barriers, and how they are working with other countries, agencies and organisations to scale efforts nationally and regionally. The discussion will also highlight the technical, capacity building, and financial support available for SLCP mitigation.

Agenda

18:30 – 19:15                     Panel I

NATIONAL EFFORTS TO REDUCE BLACK CARBON AND METHANE IN PRACTICE FOR MULTIPLE BENEFITS

Regional and development aspects: Focus on LAC and Africa - Reducing black carbon from heavy diesel vehicles (Peru and Uruguay), improved cook stoves (Nigeria),  the role institutional reform plays in strengthening actions and results on SLCPs (Cote d'Ivoire) and how regional cooperation is benefiting national efforts and regional development objectives. It focuses on countries’ activities, the barriers they’ve overcome, and their plans to scale up efforts.

Order of proceedings:

  • Durwood Zaelke, President of IGSD (Moderator) will start the event
  • Remi Allah-Kouadio, Minister of Environment, Cote d’Ivoire;
  • Amina Mohammed, Minister, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria
  • Eneida De Leon, Minister of Housing, Territorial Planning and Environment, Uruguay
  • Gabriel Quijandría, Vice-Minister of Environment, Peru

Followed by a Panel Discussion and Q & A

19:15 – 20:00            Panel II

TRANSFORMATIVE ACTION, CHALLENGES AND COOPERATION TO ASSESS AND IMPLEMENT SLCP ASSESSMENTS AND ACTIONS

What does it take to transform polluting production - the experience by Bangladesh and its brick industry - and collaboration through regional networks and CCAC to assess SLCPs and air pollution (Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and scaling up action through collaborative actions and investments (Canada).

Order of proceedings:

  •  Helena Molin Valdes, Head of the CCAC Secretariat (Moderator) will start the panel
  • Anwar Hossain Manju, Minister of Environment, Bangladesh
  • Mark Lawrence, Scientific Director, IASS
  • Dan McDougall, Assistant Deputy Minister, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Aron Cramer, President and CEO, BSR

Followed by a Panel Discussion and Q & A

CLOSING

Closing remarks: Marcelo Mena, Vice-Minister of Environment, Chile, & CCAC Co-Chair

Event contact

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