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President Biden has called climate change "a global, existential crisis." It affects every one everywhere, with impacts on health, food security, access to water, humanitarian aid, and the environment. Further, climate change is a threat multiplier to the world’s most vulnerable nations and communities, often those that have the lowest greenhouse gas emissions. Around the world, climate change is causing greater conflict, migration, and disasters. In addition, global warming is affecting the progress our community can make in its ongoing development efforts and is widening the gaps in equality globally. Addressing climate change is a top priority for USAID and other donors around the world to build climate resilience and help limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius as called for under the Paris Agreement.
The development community is well-poised to provide technical, financial, and humanitarian assistance to those suffering the effects of climate change and to empower them to adapt and build resilience. To achieve equitable and inclusive development and a healthy, prosperous, and resilient planet for all, we must support partner governments and local actors, including Indigenous Peoples and the crucial voices of women and youth, to implement scalable locally-led sustainable solutions.
This series will explore the impacts of climate change and discuss approaches for driving systems change, mobilizing finance, reducing emissions, building resilience and ramping up mitigation and adaptation efforts through international development programs.
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