Executive Order 13677: Climate-Resilient International Development

This Executive Order was enacted in 2014 by President Obama to integrate climate resilience considerations into all United States international development work. The EO also established the Working Group on Climate-Resilient International Development.

Federal agencies with direct international development programs and investments are to incorporate climate resilience considerations into decision-making, and work with other countries to identify climate risks and incorporate climate resilience considerations into their international development assistance efforts. 

The Working Group was established to support agencies with direct international development programs and investments. The EO directs the Working Group to:

  • develop guidelines for integrating considerations of climate change risks and climate resilience into agency strategies, plans, programs, projects, investments, and related funding decisions, including the planning for and management of overseas facilities; and to adjust these strategies to respond to the findings of climate-risk assessments;
  • identify useful existing climate change data, tools, and information to help agencies assess climate risks and make decisions on climate resilience;
  • facilitate knowledge and best practices exchange between agencies, and further interagency collaboration through joint trainings; and
  • to develop methods for tracking and reporting on Federal Government progress in institutionalizing more climate resilient development approaches, including performance metrics.


President Obama acknowledges in this Order that the “adverse impacts of climate change, including sea-level rise, increases in temperatures, more frequent extreme precipitation and heat events, more severe droughts, and increased wildfire activity, along with other impacts of greenhouse gas emissions, such as ocean acidification, threaten to roll back decades of progress in reducing poverty and improving economic growth in vulnerable countries, compromise the effectiveness and resilience of U.S. development assistance, degrade security, and risk intranational and international conflict over resources.”


If you have any trouble accessing the website link above, please find here an archived page. https://web.archive.org/web/20170125182857/http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/DCPD-201400695/pdf/DCPD-201400695.pdf 


Publication Date: September 23, 2014

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  • Executive Office of the President of the United States

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