Building resilience to transnational threats key pillar of U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy

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Left unchecked, transnational challenges such as climate change and COVID-19, which continues to take a toll on economies worldwide, can grow even more severe and destabilize nations. As Indo-Pacific governments grapple with natural disasters, resource scarcity, internal conflict and governance challenges, the United States Indo-Pacific Strategy works with leaders to build a more resilient region.

“The Indo-Pacific’s future depends on the choices we make now,” according to the strategy, which was released in February 2022. “The decisive decade before us will determine if the region can confront and address climate change, reveal how the world rebuilds from a once-in-a-century pandemic and decide whether we can sustain the principles of openness, transparency and inclusivity that have fueled the region’s success.”

The U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy calls for:

  • Working with allies and partners to develop 2030 and 2050 targets, strategies, plans and policies consistent with limiting global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
  • Reducing regional vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation.
  • Ending the COVID-19 pandemic and bolstering global health security.

In addition, the strategy stresses the need for better coordination to meet infrastructure gaps in the region, particularly for information and communications technology. It also highlights plans to partner on improving maritime security to safeguard fisheries and build maritime domain awareness.

“Our considerable strategic ambitions derive from the belief that no region will be of more consequence to the world and to everyday Americans than the Indo-Pacific — and that the United States and our allies and partners hold a common vision for it,” the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy states. “By pursuing a strategy whose foundational pillars are shared, and by strengthening the region’s capacity to realize them, the United States can lead with others toward an Indo-Pacific that is free and open, connected, prosperous, secure, and resilient for generations to come.”

To access the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy in full, visit


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