Championing Climate Policies Abroad

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President Obama made the U.S. a true global leader in the effort to combat climate change.

Under his leadership, our nation has entered into a number of agreements with other countries, to limit carbon, methane, hydrofluorocarbons and other climate pollutants; protect forests; safeguard the Arctic Ocean from drilling; promote clean energy; and support international climate resiliency. Most importantly, however, is the historic climate agreement reached in Paris in 2015..

Key highlights:

  • President Obama’s strategic diplomacy and leadership at home paved the way for more than 190 countries establishing the first global climate change agreement. The United States was essential to spurring the international community to quickly bring this historic climate agreement into effect.
  • More than a year before the Paris negotiations, the United States announced a breakthrough and historic joint agreement with China where both countries announced commitments to take steps to address climate change. 
  • Pledged $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to help reduce climate pollution and increase climate resiliency in the poorest and most vulnerable developing nations.
  • Led coalition that got nearly 200 countries to agree to phase out super climate polluting hydrofluorocarbons under the Montreal Protocol.
  • Obtained a commitment from more than 30 countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to reduce financing for coal-fired power plants.