Climate change is one of the century's greatest challenges, and will be a priority of the U.S. diplomacy and development work for years to come. Climate change can compound preexisting social stresses - including poverty, hunger, conflict, mitigation, and the spread of disease - and threatens to diminish the habitability of the planet.
Goal: Advance low emissions climate resilient development. Lay the groundwork for climate-resilient development, increased private sector investment in a low carbon economy, and meaningful reductions in national emissions trajectories through 2020 and the longer term. By the end of 2013, U.S. assistance to support the development and implementation of Enhancing Capacity - Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) will reach 20 countries (from a baseline of zero in 2010). This assistance will be strategically targeted and will result in strengthened capacity for and measureable progress on developing and implementing LEDS by the end of the following year.
Progress towards Goal Achievement: By the end of FY 2013, the EC-LEDS program achieved a major component of the APG with finalized Agreed Work Programs with 24 countries and U.S. assistance had reached 22 countries. This is a result of strong interest in the EC-LEDS program among partner countries, engaged leadership from Washington from the office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the Department of State and the Climate Change Coordinator at USAID, and a dedicated group of U.S. Government officials in the field at embassies and missions around the world.
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Description of Indicator: This indicator measures the number of countries in which U.S. Government Technical Assistance for Enhancing Capacity for Low Emissions Development strategies has been initiated. This two-year indicator was created in FY 2012 and data for previous years is unavailable.
Target Met/Not Met: Target Met.
Data Source: USAID missions in respective countries.
Human Rights Reports for 2012 Released
On April 19, 2013, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2012 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the U.S. Congress. This report, now in its 36th year, is required by law to inform U.S. Government policymaking on human rights conditions around the world. It is available online and serves as a reference for other governments, international institutions, non-governmental organizations, scholars, interested citizens, and journalists.
The following were among the most noteworthy human rights developments in 2012:
The Human Rights Reports support the governmentwide management initiative for open government and the Department's strategic goal number three: expand and sustain the ranks of prosperous, stable, and democratic states by promoting effective, accountable, democratic governance; respect for human rights; sustainable, broad-based economic growth; and well-being. As noted by Secretary Kerry in his remarks: "It is in our interest to promote the universal rights of all persons. Governments that respect human rights are more peaceful and more prosperous. They are better neighbors, stronger allies, and better economic partners."
To further mark the release of the 2012 reports, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Uzra Zeya delivered remarks at the Foreign Press Center in Washington, D.C. on April 22, 2013.
To access the 2012 reports, please visit:
A video of Acting Assistant Secretary Zeya's remarks may be viewed at: