Secretary Kerry Elevates Climate Change at UN General Assembly

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 21, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry will participate in several high-level events to reinforce U.S. leadership on climate change action this coming week during the UN General Assembly in New York.

On September 21, Secretary Kerry will host the first-ever Major Economies Forum Foreign Ministers meeting. The meeting seeks to build political will and a sense of common cause to address climate change as a foreign policy priority. He will encourage countries to put forward robust climate targets next year to help reach an ambitious international climate change agreement in 2015 and explore fresh ideas to capture climate co-benefits.

On September 22, Secretary Kerry will deliver keynote remarks at the opening event of Climate Week NYC, “Toward a Vibrant, Low Carbon Economy.” He will showcase the bold climate action that the United States is taking at home and present his vision for advancing a global low carbon economy.

On September 24, Secretary Kerry will deliver remarks at a reception celebrating the launch of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. He will discuss the Alliance’s efforts to respond to climate change impacts in the agriculture sector, while increasing food production and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Secretary Kerry previously announced the United States’ commitment to join the Alliance at a signature event during the Africa Leaders Summit in Washington on August 4, 2014.

On September 25, Secretary Kerry will host an event, “Our Ocean: Next Steps on Sustainable Fishing and Marine Protected Areas.” The event will forge a path forward on a range of ocean conservation measures including sustainable fishing and its relationship to food security, promoting marine protected areas and coastal adaptation, and resilience to climate change.

Additionally, U.S. Special Envoy Todd Stern will participate in several climate change-related events, including the Major Economies Forum and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition High Level Assembly, which will discuss international actions to reduce short-lived climate pollutants and launch a new partnership of oil and gas companies to reduce harmful methane pollution.

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