U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Travel to San Francisco

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 1, 2016


U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Dr. Jonathan Pershing will travel June 1 – June 3 to San Francisco, California to participate in a series of events including the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7), the inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial and the Public-Private Action Summit.

CEM7 will convene energy ministers and other high-level delegates from 23 CEM member countries and the European Commission to collaborate on solutions that advance clean energy innovation and adoption.

Dr. Pershing will also participate in the first meeting of ministers representing the 20 founding countries of Mission Innovation, an initiative launched at COP21. This effort aims to accelerate public and private global clean energy innovation by doubling clean energy research and development budgets over five years, to address global climate change, provide affordable clean energy to consumers and create additional commercial opportunities in clean energy.

The meeting will also bring together members of the Bill Gates-led parallel initiative: the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a collection of more than 28 significant private capital investors from ten countries, committed to invest extraordinary levels of private capital in clean energy, focusing on early-stage innovations.

Special Envoy Pershing will conduct meetings with private-sector and bilateral counterparts, and participate in the Public-Private Action Summit on June 2nd.