USAID Climate Strategy

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On Earth Day 2021, USAID announced its commitment to developing a new Agency climate strategy, which will guide the Agency’s efforts to target climate change resources strategically, ramp up climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, and further integrate climate change considerations into international development and humanitarian assistance programs across all sectors.

The strategy will advance U.S. government objectives to adapt to and lessen the effects of global climate change and support USAID’s implementation of President Biden’s recent Executive Orders on the climate crisis EO 13990 - Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis, EO 14008 - Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, and EO 14013 - Rebuilding and Enhancing Programs to Resettle Refugees and Planning for the Impact of Climate Change on Migration).

Timeline Update: We anticipate that the draft strategy will be available for public comment  in early November 2021 and will be coupled with USAID’s announcements on our targets in the areas of mitigation, adaptation, and climate finance. This will allow USAID to have deeper engagement with partner countries at COP26 to strengthen implementation planning and ensure that the strategy is closely aligned with new Nationally Determined Contributions and National Adaptation Plans. It will also allow the Climate Change Coordinator to engage more deeply to continue to ensure the strategy fully reflects the ambition and prioritization needed to meet the urgency and complexity of the global climate crisis.

Read the factsheet and frequently asked questions to learn more about the strategy process and next steps.

Visit our climate change page to learn more about USAID’s current climate work.

Last updated: September 17, 2021

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