International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations

The Union is the international federation of civil society organisations concerned with air pollution. Most of its 40 national member organisations aim to bring together interested citizens, regulators and academics on an individual basis, but many have primarily corporate members (most notably local authorities) and some are government departments or agencies.

Founded in 1964 the Union has had a long-term interest the relationship of air pollution and climate. Early Policy Declarations focussed on Climate Change (1989) and on the Arctic (1995). However its 13th World Clean Air Congress in London in 2004, which took as its theme the relationship between Air Pollution and Climate Change, crystallised the Union’s commitment to the issue of SLCP mitigation.   Subsequently, in 2008, in partnership with the Stockholm Environment Institute, the Union organised the International Conference in Stockholm on Climate and Air pollution Co-Benefits, which gave international political impetus to the CCAC issue. A proposal for a Global Assessment of Black Carbon and Ozone, one of 30 recommendations from the meeting, was then taken up by UNEP and led to their seminal reports of SLCP science and policy in 2011 and 2012.

The Union’s activities are now pursued within the framework of its ‘One Atmosphere’ Strategy enunciated in the Vancouver Declaration of 2010.   This proposed action on SLCPs as the highest priority for international atmospheric policy, along with the strengthening of global atmospheric governance and a renewed focus on the long-term eco-system and biodiversity impacts of air pollution.

Although a broadly-based civil society organisation rather than a modern environmental pressure group the Union now focuses much of its programme around policy issues and promotional initiatives on the integration of climate and air pollution policies, including in particular its next World Congress (Cape Town, September 2013)

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CCAC Mid-term Review Survey

Since its launch with six country partners and UNEP in 2012, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) has grown rapidly to now encompass 46 state partners and 54 non-state partners by January 2015. In order to help formulating a common vision and strategy to scale up actions locally and globally the Coalition is undertaking a small-scale midterm review between January and April 2015. The results of the review will inform the development of the five-year strategic plan for the Coalition, 2016-2020.

Included in the methodology of this mid-term review is an online survey addressed to all Coalition Partners, CCAC actors, initiative implementers and other stakeholders outside the Coalition. The survey is open until 5 FEBRUARY 2015, and all answers are anonymous.

We welcome you to take the next few minutes to submit your answers by clicking on any of the links to the right. You may take the survey in either English or French.