Highlights and images for 22 September 2019

New York, United States of America



Carolina Schmidt, Minister of the Environment, Chile, and COP 25 President-designate, and Shinjiro Koizumi, Minister of the Environment, Japan, show their commitment to the CCAC.

The 11th High-Level Assembly (HLA) of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), convened to discuss climate and clean air action needed on the ground and their ambition for further implementation.

On air pollution and health, speakers stressed the loss of lives and economic costs due to poor air quality, and how this can be a lever for enhanced and fast climate action. They also discussed progress in monitoring air quality and addressing SLCPs, and the need to evaluate the benefits of climate change action through a wellbeing lens.

On cooling and efficiency, ministers reported on investments in efficient and climate-friendly refrigeration and cooling, highlighting the rising demand for cooling caused by climate change and growing cities. They drew attention to the Biarritz Pledge initiated at the G7 Summit and its call for support of the CCAC’s Efficient Cooling Initiative.

On agriculture and food systems, participants reported on efforts to reduce methane and black carbon emissions, emphasizing the importance of raising awareness on agriculture climate solutions that balance the need for ensuring food security and poverty alleviation. They also noted the importance of healthy, low carbon diets and of reducing food waste.

Taking stock of the CCAC’s work launched at the 2014 UN Climate Summit, representatives from the private sector described integrated solutions to reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas industry. They highlighting private sector efforts to reduce climate and air pollutant emissions from freight. and called on countries to join a ‘Global Methane Alliance.’

In the closing session, participants adopted the 2030 Vision Statement committing members to “drive and respond to scientific and political progress to maintain an atmosphere that enables people and the planet to thrive – a stabilized climate with warming limited to 1.5 C and drastically reduced air pollution.”

Members agreed to add this statement to the CCAC Framework Document and to extend the duration of the Coalition’s mandate until the end of 2030. Several members pledged additional financial support to the Coalition’s work. The United Arab Emirates was welcomed as the CCAC’s newest CCAC state partner. The 11th meeting of the CCAC HLA took place in New York, US, on 22 September 2019 on the eve of the UN Climate Action Summit. The HLA was attended by high-level representatives of governments and international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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Delegates gather for the 11th High Level Assembly of the CCAC.
Chair Manuel Sager, Switzerland
Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, European Commission
Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board, State of California
Joseph Séka Seka, Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Côte d'Ivoire
Delegates applaud the work done by the CCAC.
How the Coalition is Increasing Ambition and Will Scale-Up Towards 2030
Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute (WRI), facilitates a series of panel sessions on: air pollution and health; cooling and eficiency; agriculture and food systems; and integrated solutions and transitions.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)
Qu Dongyu, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)
Patricia Fuller, Climate Ambassador, Canada
Vincent Biruta, Minister of Environment, Rwanda
Aupito William Sio, Minister for Pacific Peoples, New Zealand
Patrick Pouyanne, CEO, Total
André Weidenhaupt, Luxembourg
Pledges, Launching New Work, Plans, and the Coalition’s “2030 Vision”
Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs, China, delivers a keynote address to launch the UNEP-CCAC-Tsinghua Report.
Satya Tripathi, Assistant Secretary-General, UNEP
Jane Burston, Executive Director, Clean Air Fund
Marcel Beukeboom, Climate Envoy, the Netherlands
Krista Mikkonen, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Finland
Pledges made during the meeting.
Michał Kurtyka, COP 24 President, Poland, and Carolina Schmidt, Minister of the Environment, Chile, and COP 25 President-designate
Family photo of the high level participants.



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