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3rd Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific

January 21, 2019

The third forum of ministers and environment authorities of Asia Pacific  (Singapore, 23-25 January) provides an important opportunity for Member States to bring a regional perspective to discussions in preparation for the fourth meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (Nairobi, 11-15 March). C2G2 believes this is a timely moment for Member States and Observers to learn more and engage in the important discussion of governance of geoengineering.

Three years after the Paris Agreement on climate change, recognition is growing that without a rapid acceleration in action, limiting global average temperature rise to 1.5-2°C might not be achieved through emissions reductions or existing carbon removal practices alone. Scientists are exploring the potential for additional use of large-scale Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) and Solar Radiation Modification (SRM) to limit climate impacts. Limited rules and guidelines exist to govern how geoengineering technologies might be researched, tested or used, and substantial knowledge gaps exist around the risks or potential benefits they pose.

The recent IPCC Special Report on 1.5oC global warming mentions the need for strengthening governance of these technologies.  A draft resolution has recently been submitted for consideration by the 4th UN Environment Assembly on the topic of geoengineering governance. C2G2 believes this is therefore a timely moment for Member States and Observers to learn more and engage in this important discussion.

Jointly organized by Singapore’s Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and the UN Environment, the C2G2 team will be present at the Ministerial Forum, conducting the following activities:

  • bilateral meetings with representatives of governments, IGOs, and CSOs;
  • Hosting an evening reception for delegates to learn more about the latest developments in relation to governance of geoengineering.

For any more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

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