Climate Change

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Increasing global climate action is essential to protect our development gains and progress sustainable development in our partner countries. USAID’s climate programs don’t just help limit warming and protect critical ecosystems—they create sustainable jobs, tackle historical inequality, and build stronger communities.

“We can no longer delay or do the bare minimum to address climate change. This is a global, existential crisis, and we’ll all suffer the consequences if we fail.”

President Joe Biden

Climate change is a threat that sees no borders and can harm us all. Around the world, temperatures and sea levels are rising. From more intense forest fires in California to more prolonged droughts in the Horn of Africa to recurring typhoons in Southeast Asia—much of the world is already experiencing the negative impacts of a changing climate.

Addressing the climate crisis must be a collective effort. The United States is committed to renewing our strong alliance in the effort to deal with the climate crisis and cooperating with our global partners to strengthen our climate ambition.

Climate change is not just an existential threat, it is currently threatening development progress and exacerbating global inequities; increasing water and food scarcity, the need for humanitarian assistance, and displacement; and contributing to conflict.

USAID plays a vital role in mitigating climate change and addressing its impacts by partnering with more than 45 countries to implement ambitious emissions reduction measures, protect critical ecosystems, transition to renewable energy, build resilience against the impacts of climate change, and promote the flow of capital toward climate-positive investments. We are also integrating climate considerations across USAID’s portfolio to protect development progress.

We have a narrow moment to pursue action in order to protect our environment and to seize the opportunity that tackling climate change presents. Together we can make a difference for a healthier and more prosperous planet.

Key Issues



Accelerating the Clean Energy Transition Through Auctions

View data on USAID-supported renewable energy auctions worldwide and learn how partner countries use auctions to achieve sustainable cost reductions, reduce emissions, and increase energy security.


Betting Big on Renewables

Meet Arman, an energy specialist from Kazakhstan. He wants to fight climate change and believes renewable energy is key to the solution. With USAID assistance, Kazakhstan met its renewable energy goal in 2020 and is now working toward 50 percent renewable energy by 2050.


A Flavorful Partnership

With support from USAID and McCormick, Malagasy vanilla farmers form cooperatives and harvest new opportunities. Sustainably grown vanilla has the potential to protect forests and their ability to mitigate climate change, while providing the farmers with much needed income.


How 5 Young African Leaders Are Addressing Climate Change

USAID supports Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) alumni as they tackle the world’s most pressing issues. USAID is working to elevate diverse local voices—including those of youth advocates for climate action—to empower often overlooked communities to be agents of change.


Harvesting the Bounty of the Sea

In the village of Babuyan, on the Philippine island of Palawan, fisherfolk are venturing into seaweed farming for a sustainable future. Seaweed is an effective natural way to absorb carbon emissions, and unlike trees, it does not compete with land needed for food production.

News & Information

Last updated: October 05, 2022

November 2, 2021

Administrator Samantha Power will travel to Glasgow, UK from November 6-8 to participate in the 26th Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26). Administrator Power will join President Biden and more than 10 Cabinet Secretaries and senior Administration officials as part of the U.S. delegation to COP26 to demonstrate a whole-of-government approach to tackling the climate crisis.

November 2, 2021

At COP26, President Biden highlighted USAID’s commitment to the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) to support research and innovation in climate-smart agriculture. AIM for Climate is a pioneering initiative led by the United States and the United Arab Emirates that is focused on increasing investment and enabling greater public-private and cross-sectoral partnerships to drive climate-smart agriculture and food systems. This initiative has garnered global momentum with more than 80 partners, including 33 countries. The United States will mobilize $1 billion over five years for AIM for Climate. USAID, the premier international agency in adaptation and a global leader in agriculture research, is working in concert with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State Department’s Special Presidential Envoy for Climate on AIM for Climate.

November 1, 2021

Today, President Biden announced an ambitious set of targets to advance the President’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience (PREPARE). PREPARE will support developing countries and communities in vulnerable situations around the world in their efforts to adapt to and manage the impacts of climate change. These impacts are already being felt, and USAID brings significant experience to bear on supporting equitable, inclusive climate resilience in developing countries.

October 29, 2021

USAID will advance U.S. government objectives to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decade and help countries increase their resilience to global climate change through a new Agency-wide climate strategy, rooted in inclusion and equity.

October 28, 2021

At the Indo-Pacific Business Forum hosted virtually from New Delhi, India, on October 28 and 29, 2021, on the margins of the East Asia Summit, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced new funding, activities, and partnerships to expand economic growth in Asia, in support of the United States’ vision of a free, open, secure, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.