climate change




Special Assistant, Office of Policy and International Affairs

United State Department of Energy


The Role of New Media in Elections: Tales from the Obama for America Campaign


Thursday, January 28 at 17:00

Koszykowa Library, Koszykowa 26/28

Entrance F



Damian Bednarz, Special Assistant in the Office of Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy, will meet the Warsaw public at the U.S. Embassy’s next America Presents program on January 28 at 17:00 at the Koszykowa Library.

Mr. Bednarz spent two years working on new media with the Obama for America campaign before joining the Department of Energy, where he now covers regional energy issues in Central/Eastern Europe and the Middle East and as domestic efforts on renewable energy, climate change, and a national ocean policy.  Mr. Bednarz, a graduate of Seton Hall University and Marist College, researched Polish political parties and the mechanics behind coalition building as a Fulbright Scholar in Warsaw from 2004-2005. 

In addition to a discussion of new media on the campaign trail, Mr. Bednarz is happy to discuss the U.S. role in addressing the latest global energy challenges.                               

The event will be translated into Polish and open to general public.

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Specjalny asystent, Biuro Polityki i Spraw Międzynarodowych

Amerykański Departament Energetyki


“Rola Nowych Mediów w Wyborach. Kampania Obama dla Ameryki”


Czwartek, 28.01. godz. 17:00

Biblioteka Publiczna Warszawy, ul. Koszykowa 26/28, wejście F


Wstęp wolny.

Spotkanie z tłumaczeniem symultanicznym.

Prosimy o potwiedzenie obecnosci:

Oprócz dyskusji na temat roli nowych mediow, Pan Bednarz chętnie przedyskutuje role jaka odgrywają Stany Zjednoczone w odniesiniu do ostatnich swiatowych wyzwań energetycznych.

America Presents


“America Presents” programs bring a wide array of American cultural, political, historical, and economic topics to diverse audiences in Poland.  Through this program, the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw offers free, public presentations and talks by American scholars, artists, athletes, and experts.  The events are generally designed for journalists, students, English teachers, and academic faculty (from International Relations, American Studies, and English Departments of universities and private academia). In addition, anyone with an interest in the United States or the event’s theme is welcome to attend. 
As a rule, all presentations are given in English, although occasional exceptions will be advertised.  Recent participants of this program have included award-winning novelist Amy Tan, photographer Robert Heller, best-selling author Steve Berry, journalist Tom Friedman, filmmaker Richard Adams, Professor Rasma Karlins, author/professor/playwright Anne Nelson, and author Eric Weiner.

Today marks the opening of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen, which will last through December 18th. UN Climate Chief, Yvo de Boer, spoke optimistically of the negotiations, saying, “Never in the 17 years of climate change negotiations have so many different nations made so many firm pledges together. Almost every day countries announce new targets or plans of action to cut emissions.” The U.S. is committed to forging an international response and achieving a successful outcome.

Climate Change is one of the greatest threats facing our planet, and the United States is taking significant action to meet this challenge. Under President Obama, the U.S. has done more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than ever before, and is demonstrating its commitment to lead through robust domestic action including historic investments in clean energy, stringent vehicle and appliance efficiency standards, and comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation that is making its way through Congress.

But no nation can solve this crisis on its own. Climate change is a global challenge that demands a global solution. The U.S. is engaging allies and partners around the world to forge the necessary international response and to achieve a successful outcome at the UNFCCC conference in Copenhagen.

Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern will lead the U.S. delegation during the two-week conference, and President Obama will attend the closing day on December 18th.  Other U.S. departments and agencies will join the Department of State on the delegation, including the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Interior, Transportation, and Treasury; the U.S. Agency for International Development; the Environmental Protection Agency; the U.S. Trade Representative; and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The U.S. delegation will also include officials from the National Security Council and the White House Council on Environmental Quality; and Members of Congress.

Ultimately, a successful international climate agreement must complement and promote sustainable development by moving the world to a low-carbon, clean energy future that provides all nations the opportunity to grow.

To read the full text of the White House statement on the COP15, please click here.