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Copenhagen outcomes: Implications for USAID USAID Global Climate Change Team USAID/ Washington February 1, 2010
“I'm committed to working in common effort with countries from around the globe. That's also why I believe what we have achieved in Copenhagen will not be the end but rather the beginning, the beginning of a new era of international action.” President Barack Obama December 18, 2009 Copenhagen COP, closing remarks
The United States is pleased to inform you… of its desire to be associated with the Copenhagen Accord. Attached please find the submission of the United States concerning its emissions reduction target [in the range of 17% by 2020 toward a 83% goal in 2050]…..
We look forward to implementing the Accord...
U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change
Communication to the UNFCCC Executive Secretary January 28, 2010 BREAKING NEWS!!!
Development and economic growth is a central theme - focus on Low Emissions Development Strategies
Countries analyze development dynamics, drivers for change, and enabling environment
Unprecedented new political will and incentives for action
Monitoring of results, payment for performance, robust standards, and international review
Finance at unprecedented scale for forests, adaptation, clean energy
Framework for robust actions that address climate change in developing countries
Why should USAID care about the Copenhagen Accord?
“ Because the accord may reflect a reordering of global political dynamics it may make possible a profoundly important shift in which action on climate change is no longer seen as a threat, but rather the key, to development, and the future of poverty eradication is recognized as low carbon development . That would be an historic achievement.” Jonathan Lash President of the World Resources Institute Reflecting on the Copenhagen Accord