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December 2023 Newsletter Recap: COP28 and Year in Review

By Jamie Schoshinski

Did you miss the Climatelinks December newsletter? We’ve got you covered. Please find a recap of the 'COP28 and Year in Review' theme below. You won’t want to miss this short list of top programs, resources, and blogs from the month. Subscribe to our newsletter today. Do you want to contribute to the Climatelinks community? Send us a resource, blog, or event.

During COP28, countries assessed the progress made since adopting the Paris Agreement, established a loss and damage fund to help countries most vulnerable to climate change, and reached an agreement to transition away from fossil fuels. In December, Climatelinks featured recaps of what happened at COP28 and also highlighted popular blogs and resources published on Climatelinks in 2023, as well as a few you may have missed last year. 

Fresh Blog Posts

Year In Review 

In 2023, Climatelinks published more than 150 blogs and 130 resources. This content offers technical guidance for practitioners, shares successful interventions from countries where USAID works, and explores the intersections between climate change and other development sectors. In the Year In Review series, Climatelinks highlighted the most-viewed blogs and resources from 2023 along with some that flew under the radar. 

Don’t Miss these COP28 Climatelinks Highlights!

Climatelinks published nearly 20 blogs during COP28 related to topics covered at the conference, including climate finance, agriculture, water, resilience, and more. Some of these were part of a series highlighting the intersections between climate change and other development sectors, which included a few blogs drafted in collaboration with other USAID Links sites. Although published during COP28, the insights and resources shared are evergreen.

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COP28 Recap: How USAID Affirmed its Climate Ambition

At COP28, USAID showcased its commitment to combating the climate crisis by galvanizing international partners and the private sector to build climate resilience, support clean energy transitions, conserve critical ecosystems, and foster green cities. There was a particular focus on mobilizing the private sector, strengthening green investments, advancing climate-resilient activities, transforming food systems with climate-smart agriculture, and enhancing inclusion and equity.

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New Resources

Advancing Climate Change Mitigation Goals Through Improved Solid Waste Management

Improved waste management and recycling systems have the potential to prevent ocean plastic pollution and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, thereby mitigating climate change. USAID Clean Cities, Blue Ocean—the Agency’s global flagship program under the Save our Seas Initiative—is advancing relatively low-cost improvements that strengthen cities’ solid waste management systems and help them reach their climate targets. 

Read more.

Natural Climate Solutions: Program Fact Sheets

USAID works with more than two dozen countries to help them conserve, manage, and restore forests and other globally important landscapes. Through their work with local communities and Indigenous Peoples, businesses, and governments, natural climate solutions (NCS) programs can help combat climate change by contributing to reductions in land-based greenhouse gas emissions. Fact sheets from nearly two dozen active and recently closed USAID NCS programs are now available on Climatelinks.

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Operationalizing USAID’s Climate Strategy to Achieve Transformative Adaptation and Mitigation in Agricultural and Food Systems

This report commissioned by the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development is intended to help USAID accelerate the achievement of its 2022–2030 Climate Strategy goals within agrifood systems programming. It presents six detailed recommendations and targets for adaptation, mitigation, and finance in agrifood systems that hope to improve the climate resilience of millions of people who rely on agriculture, reduce emissions, and mobilize substantial finance for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Read more.

Climate Risk Management Spotlight

Climate Risk Management in Action

While USAID recently systematized its approach to climate risk management (CRM), the Agency has been managing climate risks for years. A primary goal of USAID’s CRM policy is to increase the sustainability and cost-effectiveness of USAID projects. This blog series showcases activities where CRM has helped reduce damages to infrastructure, protect public health, restore ecosystem services, and build the capacity of local decision makers and community members to better manage climate risks.

Learn more.

Call for Content

Share your events and resources or write a blog related to an upcoming monthly theme! Check out our upcoming themes to see if your climate work aligns:

If your USAID-related climate change work relates to these themes, Climatelinks would love to feature your work and share your resources. Send us a resource or blog.

Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Mitigation
Adaptation, Agriculture, Climate-Resilient Agriculture, Emissions, Climate Change Integration, Climate Finance, Climate/Environmental Justice, Climate Policy, Climate Risk Management, Climate Strategy, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, Locally-Led Development, Loss and Damage, Mitigation, Natural Climate Solutions, Private Sector Engagement, Resilience, Urban, Green Cities, Water and Sanitation

Jamie Schoshinski

Jamie Schoshinski is a Program Associate with Environmental Incentives, primarily supporting USAID’s Advancing Capacity for the Environment (ACE) project as a Climatelinks Content and Social Media Manager. Jamie has a Master’s in Environmental Policy from American University and a BA in English and Political Science from Temple University. 


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