“Adapting to increasing floods requires very different solutions than adapting to crippling heat waves, for example,” said USAID Administrator Samantha Power.
“Ultimately,” said USAID Administrator Power, “for climate disasters to no longer shock our systems, we need people and organizations across our systems to prepare for them.”
“Last year, 2023, … was literally the most climate disruptive, most climate consequential negative year in human history,” said U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change, John Kerry.
“Without good soil, crops fail, prices rise, people go hungry. Eroding soil also worsens the impact of droughts, of floods, of other climate-driven extreme weather,” said State Secretary Blinken.
"For the very first time at a COP, fossil fuels have been on the table as a major part of our negotiations," said U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change John Kerry.
“700 million people are chronically undernourished. About half of these people face acute food insecurity: meaning quite simply they don’t know where their next meal is coming from,” said Secretary Blinken.
"Africa is rich with nutritious, traditional and indigenous crops,” said Special Envoy for Food Security Dr. Cary Fowler.
"The numbers of food insecure people are greater. The crises seem to be more frequent," said Dr. Cary Fowler.
Environmental activist Hoang Thi Minh Hong was sentenced to three years in prison for tax evasion. The Government of Vietnam has arrested other environmental activists and charged them with the same crime.
The United States is calling on other donors and the private sector to join in stepping up to provide immediate assistance to respond to the impacts of climate change, including drought in countries across Africa.
A little over 50 years ago, leaders from the seven Pacific Island nations created a forum to help preserve their vital natural resources; expand their economic opportunities; and safeguard their health.
The United States remains determined to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.