Travel to Rwanda, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, October 13-16, 2016

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Secretary Kerry traveled to Kigali, Rwanda, from October 13-14, 2016, to join EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and others in striving to achieve U.S. climate and environmental goals at the Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol.

The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is widely regarded to be one of the most successful environmental treaties ever and was the first treaty to achieve universal ratification. This global agreement has put the stratospheric ozone layer on a path to recovery through measures to control production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances.

The negotiations in Kigali were an opportunity to reach global agreement on an ambitious amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and consumption of hydroflourocarbons, or HFCs. HFCs have become popular substitutes for ozone-depleting substances, but – while they are far better for the ozone layer – they are also potent greenhouse gases, which means they contribute to global climate change.

An ambitious HFC amendment builds on the positive momentum of the Paris Agreement and could avoid up to half a degree Celsius of warming by the end of this century.

After departing Kigali, Secretary Kerry traveled to Lausanne, Switzerland, on October 15 and then to London, United Kingdom, on October 16.

The Secretary met with foreign ministers from key regional partners in Lausanne and key regional and international partners in London to discuss a multilateral approach to resolving the crisis in Syria, including a sustained cessation of violence and the resumption of humanitarian aid deliveries.

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10/16/16 Joint Statement From Secretary John Kerry and U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Lancaster House; London, United Kingdom
10/16/16 Joint Statement From Secretary John Kerry, U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Lancaster House; London, United Kingdom


10/14/16 Remarks at the Plenary of the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Plenary Hall, Convention Center; Kigali, Rwanda
10/12/16 Background Briefing: Previewing Secretary Kerry's Travel to Kigali, Rwanda for Negotiations on an Amendment to the Montreal Protocol; Via Teleconference


10/16/16  Public Schedule: October 16, 2016
10/15/16  Public Schedule: October 15, 2016
10/14/16  Public Schedule: October 14, 2016
10/13/16  Public Schedule: October 13, 2016