The United States will begin investing in a program to help poor countries fight climate change, as part of an effort to build momentum on climate change and avert its worst effects, a senior administration official told Reuters on Thursday.
The U.K. announced plans last week to build an ocean research station in the Mediterranean, as well as to begin a pilot program on the first of three climate change adaptation projects in Africa, where the United Nations hopes to double its efforts.
The White House on Thursday said President Donald Trump would announce the new climate change initiative at the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference in Warsaw in February.
The United States and its partners will launch the program in 2020 to fund infrastructure, scientific research, and training to help developing countries tackle climate change.
The U.J.C.N.’s International Climate Program, a joint venture of the United States, Japan and Australia, will also be part of the effort.
“We’re putting our money where our mouth is, so we can help to solve these problems in the future,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.
“And I think that’s very exciting.”
U.S.-led efforts to fight climate action, including the Paris Agreement and the Clean Power Plan, have been a big success.
The United Nations estimates that emissions from power plants in developed countries will decline by nearly 30 percent from 1990 levels by 2030, if countries do nothing to combat climate change at this time.
The Trump administration has been focused on combating climate change since his election in November, when he announced a major crackdown on fossil fuel use and pledged to slash the U.s. carbon footprint by as much as half.
Trump’s efforts to combat global warming are being viewed as a rebuke to Obama’s efforts in the White House.
The White House has said Obama’s climate change agenda has left the U.”s climate leadership on the ropes.”
The United Nations’ climate program will help countries develop a plan to address climate change without leaving them vulnerable to political or economic pressure.
It will help them develop policies to mitigate the impacts of climate change by investing in research, research infrastructure, and other actions.
The Paris Agreement, signed by more than 190 countries in December 2015, was meant to be the first step in developing an international framework for combating climate disruption, but is unlikely to have any effect on the fight against climate change itself.
The plan is the centerpiece of a $1.5 trillion global climate deal signed in May by more the 195 countries.
The agreement called for a commitment from all countries to limit their greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and cut their greenhouse gases to below 450 parts per million by mid-century.
The new climate program is expected to be an important tool to help low-income countries adapt to climate change that will help curb emissions and protect the world from future climate disruptions, the senior administration officials said.
Trump will also announce the launch of a program aimed at developing renewable energy, including wind and solar power, the officials said, adding that he is also looking at how to use technology to increase the use of clean water.