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Agreement to support to the Coalition was recorded in the G8 declaration from the recent Camp David meeting, held from 18-19 May.

The Declaration states: “Recognizing the impact of short-lived climate pollutants on near-term climate change, agricultural productivity, and human health, we support, as a means of promoting increased ambition and complementary to other carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts, comprehensive actions to reduce these pollutants, which, according to UNEP and others, account for over thirty percent of near-term global warming as well as 2 million premature deaths a year.

Therefore, we agree to join the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants.”

UNEP22 May 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that all members of the G-8 have joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants. New partners in the Coalition include Germany, France, Italy, the Russian Federation and the UK.

Agreement to join the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants was recorded in the Camp David Declaration, which was adopted at the G-8 Summit held from 18-19 May 2012, at Camp David, Maryland, US. The Declaration underlines the impact of short-lived climate pollutants on “near-term climate change, agricultural productivity, and human health.” It indicates the support of the G-8 to actions to reduce these pollutants, “as a means of promoting increased ambition and complementary to other carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction efforts.”

The new partners join: the Coalition’s founding members, namely Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico, Sweden, the US and UNEP; as well as Colombia, Japan, Nigeria, Norway, the European Commission and the World Bank, who joined the Coalition in April 2012. The Coalition plans to: drive the development of national action plans and the adoption of policy priorities; build capacity among developing countries; mobilize public and private funds for action; raise awareness of black carbon; foster regional and international cooperation; and improve scientific understanding of the pollutant impacts and mitigation options. [UNEP Press Release] [Climate and Clean Air Coalition Website] [Camp David Declaration]

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