- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

At a U.N. climate summit Tuesday, President Obama will announce a new executive order requiring federal agencies to include climate considerations in their international development programs, a White House official said.

The president also will announce U.S. participation in more than a dozen new climate-change partnerships to be launched at the summit.

Two of the world’s biggest polluting countries, China and India, won’t attend the summit in New York. The speech before 125 foreign leaders will allow the president to talk about the actions he has taken to curb pollution.

The summit also offers Mr. Obama a platform to burnish his legacy on the environment as he lobbies countries to work toward a global accord next year on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Mr. Obama will describe the progress the U.S. has made under his climate action plan to reduce emissions, boost clean energy and adapt to “climate impacts,” the White House official said.

The president also will announce a new set of “tools to harness the unique scientific and technological capabilities of the United States to help vulnerable populations around the world strengthen their climate resilience,” the White House said.

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