U.S. Global Climate Change Initiative

The Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI) is the U.S. commitment to work with international partners to foster low-carbon growth, reduce emissions from deforestation, and promote sustainable and resilient societies. It is led by USAID, the U.S. State Department, and the U.S. Treasury Department.

The GCC Initiative draws on experience from across agencies to ensure partner countries can access and use the best climate research, data and applications to predict and prepare for a changing climate. Agencies include:

Strengthening Bilateral Relationships

USAID delivers a large part of direct U.S. climate assistance as the principal agency for bilateral and regional development aid.

Our on-the-ground presence and strong ties with country governments supports collaboration with local partners around shared plans and priorities. It also allows for rapid responses and the ability to pilot innovations and new approaches.

Supporting International Negotiations

USAID works with the State Department to support U.S. participation in international climate negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). See how we support U.N. climate talks.

Helping Partners Prepare for Change

USAID provides climate assistance to more than 50 developing countries, including those most vulnerable to climate change, such as least-developed African nations, glacier-dependent nations, and small island developing states.

Our climate programs help developing countries build the critical capacities they need to increase resilience to climate change impacts and promote low-carbon growth and development.

USAID helps countries access and use climate and weather data, assess vulnerabilities, and measure and manage emissions from energy, transportation, agriculture, forests and other sectors.

With USAID support, countries are creating policy environments and incentives that unlock clean energy investment, promote sustainable land use, and stimulate low emission growth. They are also planning and preparing for unavoidable climate- and weather-related impacts to protect lives, homes and livelihoods.

USAID’s expertise across climate-sensitive sectors—from water and food security to energy and economic planning—creates opportunities for countries to address climate and development in integrated, innovative ways.

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Last updated: July 21, 2014

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