High-level assembly in Norway


The Director General of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Dr David Molden, delivered the much-desired mountain perspective to the meeting of Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) to reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs), in Oslo, Norway, on 3 September 2013. 

Dr Molden spoke to the High Level Assembly about the impacts of SLCPs on increased snow and glacier melt, and on the changes in the monsoon patterns. “The SLCP in the Himalayas have many sources like firewood, brick kilns, diesel fuel, and forest fires, but deeper research is needed to pinpoint sources and to trace when and where they cross the international borders,” said Dr Molden. 

Dr David Molden also put forward ICIMOD’s desire to host a CCAC working group meeting in the Himalayan Region. 

The CCAC is a voluntary partnership that unites governments, intergovernmental organizations, and civil societies in the first global effort to treat SLCPs as a collective challenge. It was launched in February 2012 and today has 64 partners, including 31 countries, the European Commission, and 32 non-state organizations such as The World Bank

Some important agenda for future work that came out of the meeting were: 

  • directing concrete efforts in the developing countries, 
  • encouraging rapid scale-up of current CCAC initiatives to mitigate SLCPs,
  • supporting the implementation of policies and technologies to modernize brick production worldwide, 
  • increasing global awareness on the urgent need to prevent air pollution-related diseases, and 
  • bolstering financial flows in order to catalyze significant global investment in SLCP reduction.