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
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
Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric
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.
Download the Summary for Decision Makers from
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.
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.