Reduce air pollution to save lives and combat climate change

Organizer: European Union

Date: Fri / Dec. 4 - 12:30

Time: 12:30

Area: Blue Zone

As a number of sources of air pollutants and greenhouse gases are the same, reducing air pollution can have significant co-benefits for human health and the climate, making the need to harmonize air pollution, climate, and health policies and regulations a priority. Some air pollutants, such as black carbon, also known as soot, fall in the category of so called short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs).


On the day of the Lima Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) Thematic Event on SCLPs, this event will provide an introduction to the topic and serve as curtain-raiser. It will highlight the need to better integrate air, climate, and health policies and look at air pollution reduction as a way to achieve both climate and health co-benefits. The key messages and outcomes of this event will be discussed further during the LPAA Thematic Event on SLCPs in the afternoon.

Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

Introductory presentation: Air pollution and climate change: approaches for policy integration
Mark Lawrence, Managing Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies

Panel discussion
Moderator: Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary, UNECE

Hanne Bjurstrøm, Special Envoy, Ministry of Climate and Environment of Norway
Teimuraz Murgulia, Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia
Tomasz Chruszczow, Deputy Head, Polish Delegation to COP 21
Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme
Maria Neira, Director, Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants, World Health Organization

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