Travel to Antarctica, New Zealand, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Peru, November 10-18, 2016

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Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Antarctica, New Zealand, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Peru from November 10 - November 18.

From November 10-12, Secretary Kerry traveled to Antarctica, where he visited McMurdo Station, the largest research station of the U.S. Antarctic Program, as well as surrounding areas on Ross Island, and the U.S. Government’s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.  He was the first Secretary of State and the most senior U.S. government official to ever travel to Antarctica. 

At McMurdo Station he met with scientists and researchers studying a wide range of subjects in the extreme south of the planet, including climate change.  He also saw firsthand part of the recently established Ross Sea Region Marine Protected Area, the world’s largest marine protected area (1.55 million square kilometers or 598,000 square miles). The Secretary was hosted by the U.S. National Science Foundation, which manages the U.S. Antarctic program. 

Secretary Kerry then traveled to Wellington, New Zealand, from November 12-13, where he met with Prime Minister John Key and Foreign Minister Murray McCully for consultations on a range of bilateral and global issues.  He also participated in the dedication of the site of the United States Memorial and a wreath laying ceremony at New Zealand’s National War Memorial Park.

On November 14, the Secretary traveled to Muscat, Oman, where he met with His Royal Highness Sultan Qaboos and Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi to discuss Yemen and efforts to reach a peaceful settlement to the conflict there.  The Secretary then traveled to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on November 15 to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed to discuss challenges facing the region.

From November 15-16, Secretary Kerry traveled to Marrakech, Morocco, where he participated in the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.  While at COP22, Secretary Kerry delivered a speech that highlights the urgency of addressing climate change and the importance of continued ambitious climate action around the world.   

On November 16, Secretary Kerry traveled to Lima, Peru, to lead the Department of State delegation to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting.  The Secretary discussed with officials from other member economies APEC’s work to expand trade and investment, promote small and medium enterprise participation in the global economy, foster regional food systems, and invest in human capital development.  The Secretary also delivered remarks at an event to celebrate APEC’s achievements on empowering women for economic growth and to urge APEC partners to recommit to further progress on advancing women’s economic empowerment.


11/18/16 Remarks During Women's Empowerment Breakfast;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Grand National Theater; Lima, Peru
11/18/16 U.S. Efforts To Support Women's Economic Empowerment in APEC; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
11/17/16 Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov After Their Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Lima, Peru
11/17/16 Remarks With Peruvian Foreign Minister Ricardo Luna Mendoza;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Lima, Peru
11/17/16 Secretary Kerry's Meeting With Philippine Foreign Minister Yasay; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
11/17/16 Secretary Kerry's Meeting With Foreign Minister Kishida; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC


11/16/16 Remarks at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Marrakech, Morocco
11/16/16 Secretary Kerry's Meeting With Nigerian President Buhari; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
11/16/16 Launch of Significant New Adaptation Partnerships Since COP21; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC

United Arab Emirates

11/15/16 Press Roundtable in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


11/14/16 Secretary Kerry's Meetings With Sultan Qaboos and Minister of Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
11/14/16 Meet and Greet With Embassy Staff in Oman;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Muscat, Oman

New Zealand

11/13/16 Press Availability With New Zealand Prime Minister John Key;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Premier House; Wellington, New Zealand
11/13/16 Remarks at Dedication Ceremony of American War Memorial;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Pukeahu National War Memorial; Wellington, New Zealand
11/13/16 Remarks at Meet and Greet With Embassy Staff and Their Families;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Wellington, New Zealand
11/13/16 Secretary Kerry's Call With New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully; Office of the Spokesperson; Washington, DC
11/12/16 Remarks After Returning From Antarctica;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Christchurch International Airport; Christchurch, New Zealand
11/10/16 Remarks With New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully Before Their Meeting;  Secretary of State John Kerry; The George Hotel; Christchurch, New Zealand


11/11/16 Remarks at Meet and Greet With the Staff of McMurdo Station;  Secretary of State John Kerry; McMurdo Station; Antarctica
11/04/16 Background Briefing: Previewing Secretary Kerry's Travel to Antarctica; Via Teleconference


11/18/16  Public Schedule: November 18, 2016
11/17/16  Public Schedule: November 17, 2016
11/16/16  Public Schedule: November 16, 2016
11/15/16  Public Schedule: November 15, 2016
11/14/16  Public Schedule: November 14, 2016
11/13/16  Public Schedule: November 13, 2016
11/12/16  Public Schedule: November 12, 2016
11/11/16  Public Schedule: November 11, 2016
11/10/16  Public Schedule: November 10, 2016
11/09/16  Public Schedule: November 09, 2016
11/08/16  Public Schedule: November 08, 2016