Press Availability for Ned Helme during the UN Conference on Climate Change

11.8.13

MEDIA ADVISORY

Press Availability and Statement by Ned Helme of the Center for Clean Air Policy

Re: UN Conference on Climate Change, Warsaw, Poland

Founding president of the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) Ned Helme will be available for interviews in the U.S. beginning on Monday next week. He will also be available while he attends the UN conference on climate change in Warsaw, Poland, starting Friday, November 15. Helme can discuss climate change issues as they relate to the conference.

Helme is one of the world’s leading experts in clean air policy. Reporters wishing to schedule an interview for next week or during Helme’s visit in Warsaw should contact Kristen Grace of CCAP or Emily McCarney of BGR Public Relations. Contact information below.

Who:                   Ned Helme, CCAP President

Where:               U.S. and Warsaw, Poland

When:                 Over the next two weeks

What:                  Available for interviews by phone and in person

Details:              Helme can discuss the UN conference on climate change 

Contact: 

Kristen Grace, Center for Clean Air Policy, KGrace@ccap.org, (202) 621-5663
Emily McCarney, BGR Public Relations, emccarney@bgrpr.com, (202) 661-6315

Helme issued the following statement about the UN conference:

“The talks in Poland over the next two weeks will be an important stepping stone to combating climate change.  Governments are expected to reaffirm their commitments to reaching a comprehensive climate agreement by 2015 and further define the negotiating process that will be followed.

It is clear that 2014 will be the key year for this process with initial commitments expected from developed nations to contribute to climate finance and the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Board members of the GCF had a successful meeting recently in Paris and decided in principle that funds to reduce carbon pollution will be awarded to developing countries based on the degree to which their proposed policy actions reflect a “paradigm shift”.  Once the GCF’s operational details are finalized early next year, developed nations will pledge new funding. Then, in September 2014, heads of state will meet at the United Nations with Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and offer national pledges to reduce carbon pollution via policy actions.

While the formal Warsaw meetings later this month will set the stage for 2014’s key decisions, action on the sidelines of the meeting will perhaps be even more significant. For example, Germany and the U.K. are expected to announce specific financing for several developing-country policy actions that will reduce carbon pollution while also providing sustainable development, poverty reduction and health benefits. These concrete actions will provide proof that the world is serious about reducing the pollution that causes climate change. They will also provide examples of the kind of on-the-ground actions that the GCF should support and that climate negotiators can build on as the basis for the next climate agreement in 2015.”

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Since 1985, the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) has been a recognized world leader in climate and air quality policy and is the only independent, nonprofit think tank working exclusively on those issues at the local, U.S. national and international levels. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CCAP helps policymakers around the world develop, promote and implement innovative, market-based solutions to major climate, air quality and energy problems that balance both environmental and economic interests.