As global temperatures rise and the growing energy demands of air conditioning threaten to emit more greenhouse gases, over 20 leaders committed in April 2019  to a new global effort on clean and efficient cooling, which can make a huge positive impact on climate change, help achieve sustainable development and save money.

Launched at the First Global Conference on Synergies between the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement, the Cool Coalition was assembled by UNEP with the belief that a unified effort of governments, cities, businesses, and civil society that share the objective of advancing efficient, climate-friendly cooling will be more effective in bringing about change than any of us acting alone.

In September 2019, the Cool Coalition became one of the official outcomes and “Transformational Initiatives” put forward by the Executive Office of the Secretary-General for the UN Climate Action Summit in New York. Commitments at the summit included a 20 million from the Children Investment Fund for cooling as well as the announcement that the World Bank Group and the Green Climate Fund are integrating clean and efficient cooling across their lending and investment portfolios.  Five countries — the Dominican Republic, North Macedonia, Rwanda, Senegal and Spain — committed to integrate cooling in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), while 26 countries committed to develop comprehensive national cooling plans.  Led by France, several countries also committed to the Biarritz Pledge for Fast Action on Efficient Cooling.

The Cool Coalition is now working with 90 partners including 25 countries to transform commitment into action.