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Thank you for the opportunity to testify about the important role that the
The world faces a profound climate crisis. This is a global, existential crisis and we can no longer delay action or do the bare minimum to address climate change. It threatens lives, health, economic progress and livelihoods. Climate change threatens development progress and exacerbates global inequities; increases water and food insecurity, natural hazards, the need for humanitarian assistance, and displacement; worsens the quality of the air we breathe as well as health outcomes, and contributes to conflict. The climate crisis fosters instability and threatens to undo the progress we've made and the taxpayer dollars we've invested in global development, prosperity, and security.
BIDEN-HARRIS ADMINISTRATION PRIORITY
While climate change is an existential threat for the Pacific Islands on the very frontlines of its impacts, addressing climate change is a major strategic imperative for
As requested by
USAID INDO-PACIFIC CLIMATE EFFORTS
Across the Indo-Pacific,
Adaptation and Disaster Response and Risk Reduction
In March of this year,
This approach has allowed
For example, since 2016,
Sustainable Water, Forest, and Land Management
Too much and too little water all too often bedevil countries impacted by climate change.
For example, the
In addition to access to clean water services to improve health outcomes, the health of our oceans is also critical. Pollution reduction, especially from mismanaged plastic waste, as well as proper resource management, will be necessary to ensure food security and economic prosperity for the Indo-Pacific communities reliant on the region's seas for their livelihoods.
It will demonstrate
The Mekong Air Quality Explorer Tool was launched last year in collaboration with
As part of their ongoing efforts to combat pollution, USAID-
Green Energy and Sustainable Infrastructure
Energy demand in
The Infrastructure Transaction and Assistance Network (ITAN) is a whole-of-government initiative to advance sustainable, transparent, high-quality infrastructure across the Indo-Pacific region. Under ITAN,
Achieving global net-zero emissions will require rapid phase-out of international support for coal power plants, but currently the PRC and Chinese firms are estimated to be pursuing 24,270 MW of new coal projects in emerging markets around the world. It is important to understand the underlying drivers that make PRC-financed coal appear attractive, and to identify more appealing and sustainable alternatives. This is especially relevant in the Indo-Pacific.
Thank you, and I welcome the opportunity to answer your questions.
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2 The standard measures/equivalents are: 17.6M US tons / 3.4M cars AND 83.77 US tons / 16.4M cars