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9th High Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air
Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC)

14 November 2017 | Bonn, Germany

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The Ninth High Level Assembly (HLA) of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) convened in Bonn, Germany, on Tuesday 14 November 2017, in parallel with the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). High-level government representatives, members of academia and NGOs attended the Assembly, which addressed the importance of reducing short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) to combat climate change, including specific calls for action on agriculture and municipal solid waste. Ministers and other high-level representatives considered these issues in the “Bonn Communiqué,” a draft outcome document.

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L-R: José Graziano da Silva, Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO); Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada; Marcelo Mena Carrasco, Minister of Environment, Chile; and Helena Molin Valdés, Head, CCAC Secretariat


Country representatives from Togo and China during the keynote address.

Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada, said “we owe it to our children to be ambitious and catalyze action on SLCPs.”


Marcelo Mena Carrasco, Minister of Environment, Chile, explained that “municipal solid waste is an environmental justice issue for developing countries.”

Maria Neira, World Health Organization (right), said her organization was committed to providing measurements on reductions in air pollution morbidity.


Sameer Maithel, Director, Greentech Knowledge Solutions, was acknowledged for winning the Individual Achievement Climate and Clean Air Award earlier in the week.

Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment, called on parties to ratify the Kigali Amendment.


Dominique Souris, Executive Director, Youth Climate Lab, said that youth should not only be consulted, but are also “partners for action.”

Isabella Lövin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, Sweden, noted that “reducing SLCPs is not just about quick fixes but about what kind of society we want to have.”


Jian Liu, Chief Scientist, UN Environment, said that we need to think “out of the box and about co-benefits” when addressing SLCPs.

Dave Turk, International Energy Agency, said the CCAC is “ahead of the curve.”


José Graziano da Silva, Director General, FAO, explained that “reducing enteric methane emissions is one of the most cost-effective climate change mitigation strategies.”

Chu Van Chuong, Viet Nam, said his country was contributing to global mitigation efforts by reducing methane from rice production.


Participants during the session


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