Obama U.N. Speech Will Include New Executive Order On Climate And International Development

WASHINGTON -– President Barack Obama will announce a new executive order at the United Nations meeting on climate change Tuesday, directing federal agencies to consider climate change in all international development programs.

A White House official said the order will require agencies to "factor climate resilience into the design of their international development programs and investments." The White House didn't release the text of the order prior to the announcement. Obama also will announce tools that the U.S. plans to make available to other countries to "help vulnerable populations around the world strengthen their climate resilience."

The announcement comes amid pressure on the U.S. and other developed countries to commit more funding to climate aid for poorer nations.

In addition, Obama will "announce U.S. leadership and participation in more than a dozen new climate change partnerships launched at the Climate Summit," the White House official said in a statement. He will make the case in his remarks that the climate action plan he unveiled in 2013 "is working," and will tout his administration's work to "strengthen our resilience to climate impacts across our communities."

The U.N. climate summit in New York is expected to draw 120 heads of state on Wednesday. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the goal of the meeting is "to mobilize political will" for a new global climate agreement and "to catalyze ambitious action on the ground" in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.



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