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

19-20 May 2015 | Geneva, Switzerland


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Swiss flags by Lake Geneva

One of the “Time to Act” banners outside the conference venue


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

The High Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) took place on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. Approximately 120 participants attended the meeting.

The key issues considered included a framework for the CCAC 5-Year Strategic Plan. The High Level Assembly endorsed the framework (HLA/MAY2015/03), which will be developed into a detailed implementing and planning instrument. The objective is to launch the plan at the next High Level Assembly that will be held on the margins of the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to be held in Paris, France, in December.
The HLA also requested the Scientific Advisory Panel to provide an analysis to underpin the ambition of the Plan, building on existing science, to quantify the achievable multiple benefits of fast action on SLCPs.

Other issues on the agenda included an update on progress, including the CCAC’s achievements to date and the launch of a new report by the Black Carbon Finance Study Group. Partners also reported on national progress in addressing SLCPs, highlighting, inter alia, efforts to improve air quality and reduce local air pollution. Delegates also considered the Lima-Paris Action Agenda and support for the “Road to Paris” strategy prepared by the CCAC Working Group. The meeting emphasized the need to carry to COP21, the message that “quick action brings quick results.”

The Assembly welcomed the Philippines as a new partner, bringing the total number of CCAC partners to 104.

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Delegates gather for the High Level Assembly of the CCAC


Tine Sundtoft, Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway

Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP Deputy Executive Director


Hanne Bjurstrøm, CCAC Working Group Meeting Co-Chair, Norway

Marcelo Mena, Vice-Minister of the Environment, Chile

Maria Neira, Director, Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization


Delegates dicuss the Lima-Paris Action Agenda


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The High-level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) opened on Tuesday, 19 May 2015, with a CCAC-World Health Organization (WHO) Evening Cultural Event & Reception. The evening featured the BREATHE exhibition which was developed specifically for the High Level Assembly, to stimulate reflections on the importance of addressing air pollution, health and climate change.

The cultural event and reception was followed by the High Level Assembly, which provided an opportunity for dialogue between environment and health ministries on air quality strategies.

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Delegates gather for the cultural event and reception, held at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)


Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General, WMO

Helena Molin Valdés, Head, CCAC Secretariat


Maria Neira, Director, Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization

Zackery Denfeld, CoClimate


Some of the artistic projects on display


3D painting entitled "Breathe Life" created by artist Kurt Wenner, depicting an urban space that is highly
polluted contrasted with a blue-sky of clean air

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