Video Explaining Pro-Development, Pro-Environment Initiatives Unveiled in Copenhagen this Week


May 15, 2013

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Jeffrey Birnbaum | 202.661.6367


Video Explaining Pro-Development, Pro-Environment Initiatives Unveiled in Copenhagen this Week

Officials from Dozens of Nations Meet to Review, Promote “NAMAs”

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 15, 2013 – A major environmental summit starting today in Copenhagen will feature a new video explaining locally designed programs that reduce air pollution in developing nations.  These nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) are meant to catalyze new businesses with seed money from developed nations, according to Ned Helme, president of the Center for Clean Air Policy.

The Global NAMA Financing Summit runs from May 15-17. Dozens of top government officials from both developed and developing nations will discuss these new, transformational policy proposals, which are a growing trend in climate-change mitigation. The new video, “Spurring Sustainable Development through NAMAs,” detailing three major NAMA success stories in South America, can be watched here and at

NAMAs are public-private partnerships that promote sustainable development, reduce poverty and cut greenhouse gas emissions – and thus mitigate global warming – in developing nations where air pollution is often at its worst. Developed nations provide seed money for NAMAs. NAMAs, which are custom tailored to each developing country’s needs, will begin receiving funding from the United Kingdom and Germany in September. The Copenhagen summit is meant to create additional opportunities in this growing method of climate finance around the globe.

If you wish to discuss this win-win trend in climate change mitigation, please contact Star Dodd ( / 202.492.2210) or Jeffrey Birnbaum ( / 202.661.6367). They can put you in touch with Ned Helme of CCAP and leading advocates of NAMAs from both developed and developing nations.

An op-ed by Helme explains NAMAs and their huge potential. CCAP’s blog also has useful information about NAMAs.

“Copenhagen will be the launching pad for NAMAs, which are already a hot topic among government leaders who want to promote development and environmentalism at the same time,” said Helme, whose organization has been instrumental in promoting them. “A growing number of developing countries including Colombia and Chile have such sustainable-development policies in place and are looking to go further. These countries want to build on the momentum and government leadership that has already been established for these home-grown, anti-air-pollution, pro-business programs. The Copenhagen summit will put together a very large group of donors and NAMA developers who will talk about implementing these promising policies.”