Secretary Kerry Addresses Old Dominion University

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 9, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver a speech on Climate Change and National Security at 11:30 a.m. on November 10, 2015, in the Ted Constant Convocation Center at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

ODU’s Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative has facilitated research and education in all aspects of climate change and sea level rise, and it houses the Center for Sea Level Rise and the Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Preparedness and Resilience Intergovernmental Planning Pilot Project, which is the first of its kind.

While in Norfolk, Secretary Kerry will also tour the USS San Antonio and receive a briefing at the Maritime Operations Center.

In addition, he will meet with a group of Old Dominion University students majoring in various programs—such as engineering, oceanography, modeling and simulation, and social sciences—aspiring to be the next generation of scientists working on solutions to the issues of climate change and sea level rise.

USS San Antonio Ship Tour and U.S. Marine Corps Cake Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the U.S. Marine Corps 240th birthday at 9:00 a.m.:

The tour and cake cutting ceremony will be open press. Media are required to RSVP to Lt. Commander Cate Cook at 757-836-4422 or

Pre-set time for video cameras, still photographers, and journalists: 7:30 a.m. at the Navy Tour Office on Hampton Blvd.

Tour of the Maritime Operations Center at 10:30 a.m.:

Closed press.

Secretary Kerry’s Speech at 11:30 a.m.:

The Secretary’s speech will be open to the press. The speech will be streamed live on Media are required to RSVP to Giovanna Genard at by 8:00 p.m. on November 9.

Pre-set time for video cameras and still photographers: 9:30 a.m. at the South Entrance of 4320 Hampton Blvd.

Final access time for journalists: 10:00 a.m. at the South Entrance of 4320 Hampton Blvd.

Roundtable with Old Dominion University Students at 12:15 p.m.:

Closed press.

At 4:00 p.m. EST, join @StateDeptSpox John Kirby for a live Twitter chat on Secretary Kerry’s speech, U.S. climate change policy, and COP21 negotiations. Start submitting your questions now using #AskKirby.

Follow @StateDept, @StateDeptLive, and @ODUnow during the speech using the hashtags: #ActOnClimate and #ClimateChange.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

For further information, please contact the Press Office at 202-647-2492.