11:15 – 12:45 - Auditorium 3



The global community faces the triple crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. These crises interact with each other and a sustainable transition requires to address these issues in an integrated manner. In Asia, air pollution is the single greatest threat to human health and a sustainable future, and effective solutions to tackle air pollution must be implemented in coordination with actions for climate change and biodiversity loss. The Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) have carried out collaborative research projects to support policy formulation addressing air pollution, climate change and other SDGs with highlighting potential co-benefits of proposed interventions, focusing in Asia. It is expected that the projects outputs contribute to strengthen the science-policy interface for facilitating science-based policy formulation to effectively tackle sustainable development challenges. This session aims to provide learning opportunities on the state-of-the-art modelling analysis that can strengthen that interface in Asia.





Yu Kamei, Ministry of the Environment, Japan 

Part 1: Project A on interactions between urban and rural air pollution in Asia and the multiple development benefits of coordinated action 


  • Interactions between urban and rural air pollution in Asia - Zbigniew Klimont (IIASA) IIASA
  • Clean Air and Climate Solutions for ASEAN - Eric Zusman, IGES /Miho Hayashi, IGES
  • Discussion on Project A - Shiro Hatakeyama , (ACAP), (Virtual) 

Part 2: Project B on Asian Initiative on SDG-compatible, national and regional decarbonization strategies

  • Air quality and health co-benefits of coordinated environmental and climate policies in Asia - Zbigniew Klimont (IIASA)/ Edward Byers (IIASA). (Virtual)
  • Biodiversity implications of land-based climate mitigation technologies - Shin-ichiro Fujimori, Kyoto University
  • Discussion on Project B - Mikiko Kainum, IGES* 

Part 3: Wrap-up session 

  • Mohammad Arif (NIUA, India)
  • Ittipol Pawarmart (Pollution Control Department, Thailand)* 

Concluding Remarks 

Zbigniew Klimont (IIASA)/Leila Niamir (IIASA) (Virtual)


*to be confirmed