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Consensus Building

Global Air Pollution and Climate Change Co-benefits:

In December 2007 the Global Atmospheric Pollution Forum was awarded a substantial grant from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to hold a major international conference in 2008 on the co-benefits of controlling air pollution and greenhouse gases. This is the second major grant the Forum has received from Sida.

The conference and Forum programme will focus on three major themes:

1. Towards optimizing integrated strategies for air pollution and climate change;

2. Potential regional, hemispheric and global frameworks for managing air pollution and their relevance to and interaction with the climate change community; and

3. Delivering co-benefits at urban, national and regional scales in developing regions.

More information will be posted when the location for the conference has been determined and further details become available.

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Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Assessment of how to reduce the impact of black carbon and tropospheric ozone which adversely affect public health, crop yields and contribute to climate change.

The study commissioned by the United Nations, in consultation with international partners provides science-based advice on ways to cut the impacts of these pollutants. It was discussed at a UNEP Governing Council, Global Ministerial Environment Forum in Nairobi in March 2011 and launched on 5 June 2011.

Along with methane, a major ozone precursor and a potent greenhouse gas, black carbon and tropospheric (ground level) ozone are known as short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs) as they have a limited lifetime in the atmosphere - ranging from days to a decade in comparison with carbon dioxide (CO2).

The UNEP/WMO Assessment is designed to link knowledge to action and science to policy, providing a scientifically credible basis for informed decision-making. It is a comprehensive analysis of drivers of emissions, trends in concentrations, and impacts on climate, human health and ecosystems of BC, tropospheric O3 and its precursors.

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Discussion papers on consensus building:

Pollution: Developing a Global Approach #1’ launched at a GAP Forum Side Event to the 14th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)’, May 2006.

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Atmospheric Pollution: Developing a Global Approach- A discussion paper for GAP Forum partners on the prospects for enhancing international co-operation on air pollution’ launched at the LRTAP EB December 2010.

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