USAID Climate Strategy 2022-2030

Climate change is a global crisis. As temperatures and sea levels rise, people around the world are
increasingly seeing heat waves, droughts, foods, cyclones, and wildfres upend their lives. The efects
of climate change are not equal – they disproportionately impact the poorest and most marginalized
communities we work to support every day. Climate change afects virtually everything that USAID does
and threatens the development progress we have supported over more than 60 years.
Climate change increases water and food scarcity, displacement, and the need for humanitarian assistance,
as well as contributes to confict and disrupts economic stability. Yet at the same time, our response
presents an opportunity to improve livelihoods. Decarbonizing economies means less air pollution that
negatively afects health. Building climate-resilient infrastructure means people are safer when disaster
strikes and reduces the need for costly repairs after every storm. Investing in green jobs presents an
opportunity to make workforces more equitable and inclusive.
This decade will be decisive for the future of our planet, and USAID is poised to galvanize the lasting
changes necessary to combat climate change. USAID’s convening power, global presence, longstanding
partnerships, and breadth of technical expertise position us to make a real diference in this critical global
fght. We also recognize that those of us who are responsible for much of the damage caused by the
climate crisis have an obligation to those least responsible for causing it.
That is why USAID has developed a new Climate Strategy that will guide our work through 2030 in a way
that is truly different. Building on our previous 2012-2018 Climate Change and Development Strategy,
which focused on specifc climate change mitigation and adaptation measures, this new Strategy takes
an unprecedented “whole-of-Agency” approach that calls on all corners of USAID to play a part in our
response. We will work on the ground with partner governments and local actors to set the global
trajectory toward our vision of a resilient, prosperous, and equitable world with net-zero
greenhouse gas emissions.

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