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This high-level panel discussion focuses on actions that national governments, cities, and businesses are taking in key sectors to rapidly reduce air pollution. It emphasizes practical solutions readily available to reduce three short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs): methane, black carbon (soot), and ground level (tropospheric) ozone, which have an outsized impact on the climate, environment, and human health. Intensified action, and a multi-sectoral approach to reduce these pollutants can also reduce other air pollutants, in addition to reducing near-term warming, thereby bringing substantial benefits to health, development and economic growth.
Attendees will better understand the benefits that reducing SLCPs have for the climate, development, and economic growth. Panellists will discuss best practices, policies, technology innovation, local-level action, lessons learned from their efforts, and how different partnerships are effectively reducing air pollution across countries, cities, and sectors, and accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.
Moderator: Judy Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Kenya
Closing remarks: Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment
Impacts of air pollution
Hussain Khansaheb, Director of the Department of Partnerships and Special Projects, Ministry of Climate Change & Environment, United Arab Emirates
Benefits of action
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