COVID-19: How the Coalition Secretariat is responding

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the world, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition is monitoring the situation and adapting our work as a result.

Protecting health, safety , and slowing the spread of COVID-19 is the most urgent priority at this time, however the CCAC Secretariat is continuing its work and looking at where and how we can contribute meaningful data and action to the global response to this crisis.

We wish to share with you our emerging response.

Protection. The health and safety of our staff, and of our partners, is our over-riding concern. Physical health, mental health, and, relatedly, social health. We are all practicing physical distancing and working from home. We will adopt a very precautionary approach to resuming operations, following the best corporate and public health guidance.

Adapting our work. We are actively exploring new ways to engage with and support our partners. Our latest briefing to partners on COVID-19 can be found here. We will host previously scheduled events online when possible. We are launching a series of CCAC webinars to keep partners informed about the progress in our different activities and will keep the schedule of events updated on our website. We encourage our partners to share their virtual meeting invitations with us.

Science and research. Our SAP is already engaged. We are tracking other research efforts. Researchers around the world are looking at the link between increased vulnerability to COVID-19 and exposure to poor air quality. We know that public policy is better when it is based on rigorous research and sound science. In May, 2020, the SAP put out a call for comments in the International Journal of Public Health asking the global scientific and policy community to come together and provide the guidance and evidence to help the world build back better from COVID-19.  We will support our SAP in this work, and engage with our country and other partners to get and distribute the results of their research as well. The SAP has produced a Special Edition of its Research Digest that collates the latest and on-going research on potential links between the covid-19 pandemic, air pollution and SLCPs. 

Public policy. The examinations of lessons to be learned have already begun. As has reflection on how to build on what we have learned, and what are the ways we can adopt appropriate responses. Our partners at the UN Environment Programme, UN Development Programme, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, World Resources Institute and other organizations have already begun messaging around the theme of “building back better”, premised on using the economic stimulus that government have already started to commit to accelerate structural transitions to a global low-emissions economy. We are engaged, and will continue to collaborate.

Empathy and support. These are very very difficult times. For individuals. For families. For communities. And for countries. Dangerous times. Worrying times. We still don’t know when this pandemic will end. We don't know what the economic impact will be, at any level from individual to global. We don’t know what the new normal will look like when the crises end. But we do know that whatever the outcome, it will be better if we support each other.

Optimism and hope. We have seen enormous acts of selflessness. People and communities and governments coming together and collaborating, even when they have to physically close boarders and separate. We have most notably seen the will to act. Strong decisive unprecedented actions from governments. A firm resolve to do what is right and do what is necessary to get through and out of the crisis. We are buoyed by the hope that this will carry over to the slow-onset crises of climate and air pollution and that this will drive us to the “decade of delivery” of solutions to the climate and clean air crises.

As this situation changes, we will update this page to reflect our latest actions.

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