How to Join

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition is open to states and non-states (including IGOs, NGOs and private sector entities) to apply as "Partners." Organisations with specific interests can apply to be "Actors " in particular initiatives where their expertise is best suited.

Country Partners

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) encourages countries that are committed to taking action on short lived climate pollutants to join the Coalition.

Participation in the Coalition is voluntary. Membership does not create any binding obligations and each Partner individually determines the nature of its participation.

Countries interested in becoming a Partner in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants should send a letter to the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, with a copy to the Head of the Secretariat at the addresses listed below. In addition to any other information the applicant wishes to provide, the letter should:

  • state the country endorses the Framework for the Coalition;
  • state the country endorses meaningful action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants;
  • identify particular areas of interest related to short-lived climate pollutants and any specific actions taken or planned to address near term climate change; and
  • identify a primary point of contact with name, title and email address for communications with the Coalition.

In addition, for those countries in a position to do so, the letter could indicate if the applicant intends to make any contributions of financial or other resources to support the Coalition’s activities.

Letters should be sent to:

Achim Steiner
Executive Director
United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Avenue, Gigiri
PO Box 30552, 00100
Nairobi, Kenya

With a copy via email to:

Helena Molin Valdes
Head of the Secretariat
Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC)
Hosted by United Nations Environment Programme
Email: Helena.MolinValdes@unep.org

and copy via email to:

The CCAC Secretariat
Email: ccac_secretariat@unep.org

Download: How to join the coalition - Countries (English | French | Russian | Spanish)

Non-State Partners

Any non-governmental organization, intergovernmental organization or initiative, international organization (and its subsidiaries)  private sector entities or civil society association interested in becoming a Partner in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (“Coalition”) should send an application letter to the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with a copy to the Deputy Director of UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, at the addresses listed below.

In addition to any other information the applicant wishes to provide, the letter should:

  • State endorsement of the Coalition Framework;
  • State endorsement of meaningful action to address short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) consistent with the Framework;
  • Identify particular areas of interest related to SLCPs and any specific actions taken or planned to address near term climate change; and
  • Identify a primary point of contact, with name, title and email address for communications with the Coalition.

The letter should also address the following considerations:

  • Does the applicant endorse meaningful action to reduce SLCPs through the Coalition?
  • How do the applicant’s mission and/or capabilities relate to reducing SLCPs, and does the applicant have a demonstrated interest in working to reduce emissions of SLCPs?
  • Does the applicant have the willingness and capacity to contribute to the work of the Coalition and support its objectives and initiatives?
  • Does the applicant have an international character and not work in one country exclusively?
  • Is the applicant accredited to a UN organization or body (e.g. ECOSOC, UNFCCC, UN Regional Commission or UNEP) or a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development or a participant in the UN Global Compact?

In addition, for those applicants in a position to do so, the letter could indicate if the applicant intends to make any contributions of financial or other resources to support the Coalition’s activities.

Letters should be sent to:

Achim Steiner
Executive Director
United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Avenue, Gigiri
PO Box 30552, 00100
Nairobi, Kenya

With a copy via email to:

Helena Molin Valdes
Head of the Secretariat
Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC)
Hosted by United Nations Environment Programme
Email: Helena.MolinValdes@unep.org

and copy via email to:

The CCAC Secretariat
Email: ccac_secretariat@unep.org

Download: How to join the coalition - Non-State Partners (English | French | Russian | Spanish)

What is an “Actor” in the Coalition?

An “Actor” in the CCAC is any national and sub-national governments, intergovernmental organisation, non-governmental organisation or private sector entity who is not a Partner in the Coalition but is actively engaged in specific Coalition initiatives or activities. Actors in the Coalition constitute a network of active stakeholders with experience and expertise on Short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) and/or sectors targeted by the various Coalition initiatives.

How can an Actor contribute to the work of the Coalition?

Once approved, a Coalition Actor can take on the following roles and responsibilities:

  1. Actively participate in initiatives: Under Lead Partner coordination, Actors are expected to engage in a specific Coalition initiative or activities by contributing expertise and experience to their development and implementation, helping define strategic directions for these, and supporting collaboration and coordination with other existing efforts, including through participation in relevant initiative meetings and the drafting and review of relevant documents.
  2. Actors can also become Implementers of specific activities under an initiative (i.e. receive funds from the Coalition’s Trust Fund for implementation of approved activities).
  3. Provide expert advice: Actors can be asked to provide advice on specific issues related to their particular expertise, and to attend specific Coalition meetings.
  4. Engage key stakeholders in tackling SLCPs: Actors are to be kept informed of the Coalition’s activities, including through Lead Partners and the Coalition’s newsletter. Actors are encouraged to raise awareness of SLCP issues and mitigation strategies related to their particular expertise and promote the Coalition activities at relevant events, meetings and through the media.
Actors are not entitled to participate in Coalition High-Level Assembly and Working Group meetings. However, the Secretariat, in consultation with the Working Group co-chairs or the Steering Committee, can issue invitations to a select number of Actors to attend any Coalition meetings. 

How to become an Actor?

To become an “Actor” in a specific Coalition initiative, interested entities should contact the Secretariat (ccac_secretariat@unep.org) or Lead Partners of specific initiatives of the Coalition, and provide in written format:

  • Their motivation of why they want to become an Actor
  • Details of their field of expertise
  • Which specific initiative or activity stream they would like to get involved in; and
  • A primary contact person

The decision of accepting new actors is made by the Lead Partners of the relevant initiative. Any concerns or objections raised by a Partner or the Secretariat regarding participation or acceptance of an Actor in the Coalition that cannot be resolved otherwise will be referred to the next appropriate Working Group meeting.

Lead Partners can invite expert organizations to become Actors, and encourage them to provide the requested information.

Download: How to join the coalition – Actors