Statement from Ned Helme in Preparation for UN’s Conference on Climate Change


November 7, 2013

Contact: Jeffrey Birnbaum, | 202.661.6367

The following statement was issued by Ned Helme, president of the Center for Clean Air Policy, about the UN’s conference on climate change, which starts Monday:

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 11, 2013 – 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.


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.