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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The new White House strategy for improving conditions in Central America to slow migration includes helping to build resilience to climate change.

Why it matters: Climate change is increasingly understood as one of many drivers of human displacement, both within and across borders, due to flooding and other extreme weather, effects on food security and more.

Driving the news: The plan unveiled Thursday offers broadly worded policy goals around bettering economic prospects, rooting out corruption, lowering gang violence, improving human and labor rights, and more.

  • It describes climate change as a force worsening existing conditions. "Weather shocks due to climate change contribute to growing poverty, homelessness, and food insecurity," the strategy states.

What's next: Part of the plan calls for partnering with governments, development banks and other parties to help spur farming practices that better respond to climate change and extreme weather.

  • One "medium term" goal is working with partners to "reinforce national and regional preparedness and disaster response capabilities and implement programs to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change."

Quick take: The document is short on details, so it's hard to say what effect the efforts will have.

  • But it's a sign that policymakers increasingly recognize the ripple effects of climate change on immigration policy and other strategic and human rights areas.

Go deeper: Wanted: A U.S. climate migration policy

Go deeper

Updated Nov 3, 2021 - Axios Events

Watch: A conversation on COP26 as it unfolds

On Wednesday, November 3rd, Axios World editor Dave Lawler and energy reporter Ben Geman discussed the COP26 United Nations climate conference as it unfolds, featuring UN Foundation President & CEO Elizabeth Cousens and UN Development Programme Administrator Achim Steiner.

Elizabeth Cousens highlighted environmental agreements from the conference that had stood out to her so far, how to transform climate-related conversations into tangible action, and how she would ultimately measure the success of the conference.

  • On advancements made at the conference so far: “We’ve already seen important advances in Glasgow this week...the direction of travel continues to be the right one. Everyone’s point of reference now is net zero. 90% of the global economy has made net zero pledges, that’s a critical development. Now all the focus is turning to delivery, to implementation, to how do we get to the goal of net zero as countries and others have set them.”
  • On defining successful climate action moving forward: “There are things we should have done 10, 20, 30 years ago that we didn’t do. We didn’t do them, but we can do them today, we can do them tomorrow, we can do them the next day. I think we’re going to get quite far in this COP, however far we get, we need to go farther the next day.”

Achim Steiner illustrated the environmental concerns of developing countries, how to address climate-related issues amidst the continuing pandemic, and how to improve financing processes for countries adapting to climate change.

  • On the economic barriers to investing in climate during the pandemic: “We are still in the midst of a pandemic, and for many developing countries, it’s not just the health crisis that it triggered, but it is really a social and economic crisis also...so that is an enormous constraint on them being able to invest in really making these transitions in the energy sector, in the mobility sector, in agriculture and land use.”
  • On the need to shift climate financing discussions: “International climate financing discussions have to move from this notion that this is some form of philanthropy or perhaps some short-term donations. We need to take a mindset of co-investing in one another because the vulnerability of hundreds of millions of people exposed to the risks of climate change will affect the global economy, will affect us all.”

Thank you Bank of America for sponsoring this event.

Bipartisan delegation of U.S. lawmakers discuss bridging the political divide at COP26

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) listens during an Atlantic Council event on day seven of the COP26 summit on Nov. 6 in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Democratic Sen. Chris Coons led a bipartisan delegation of U.S. lawmakers to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, where the first order of business was participating in a panel conversation about bridging the political divide on tackling a myriad of climate problems.

Driving the news: The delegation includes more than half a dozen Republican and Democratic lawmakers who intend to hold bilateral meetings with international counterparts as well as connect with President Biden’s climate envoy, former Secretary of State John Kerry.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg calls COP26 a "failure"

Greta Thunberg speaking during a rally in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 5. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Climate activist Greta Thunberg said COP26 "has turned into a PR event" during a climate rally in Glasgow on Friday during which she accused world leaders of "greenwashing."

What they're saying: "It is not a secret that COP26 is a failure," Thunberg said at the rally. "It should be obvious that we cannot solve a crisis with the same methods that got us into it in the first place."