U.S. Global Climate Change Initiative

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The Global Climate Change Initiative is the U.S. commitment to work with global partners to foster low-carbon growth, curb emissions from deforestation and promote sustainable, resilient societies.

USAID, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Treasury are the lead agencies for the Global Climate Change Presidential Initiative.

Strengthening Bilateral Relationships

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

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 least-developed African nations, glacier-dependent nations, small island developing states and other vulnerable countries.

Our climate programs help developing countries build the critical capacities they need to increase resilience to changes in climate, to protect lives and livelihoods and to promote low-carbon growth and development.

USAID helps countries access and use the latest climate and weather data, measure and manage greenhouse gas emissions, and create policy incentives to unlock investment in clean energy, to promote sustainable land use and to stimulate low-carbon growth.

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.

We also draw on technical expertise from other U.S. agencies to ensure partner countries can access and use today's best climate research, data and applications to predict and prepare for a changing climate. Partner agencies include:

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Last updated: October 06, 2015

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