Secretary Kerry to Deliver Speech on Global Climate Change

Jakarta – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will highlight the shared challenges facing the U.S., Indonesia, and the world because of climate change during a speech at @america in Jakarta on the afternoon of February 16.

The Secretary personally addressed the people of Indonesia in a video previewing his trip and the importance of climate change.  The video is available here:

As Secretary Kerry said, “There are few relationships that will be as vital in tackling the challenges of the 21st century as our growing ties with Indonesia and its people…But nowhere is our challenge greater and nowhere is shared leadership more vitally important, than on climate change.”

This event will be available for live viewing at and  During the speech, you can follow the conversation on Twitter at @usembassyjkt or by using the hashtags #ActOnClimate and #MenluKerry.  @america is the U.S. Embassy’s 21st-century American Center.  Its mission is to engage Indonesian youth and deepen people-to-people ties between our two countries.  By hosting fun concerts, talk shows, and workshops, @america promotes shared interests in music, education, entrepreneurship, technology, and environmental conservation.  Since opening in December 2010, @america has hosted over 500,000 visitors at over 1,900 events.

Secretary Kerry will be in Jakarta as part of a February 13-18 trip to visit Seoul, Beijing, Jakarta, and Abu Dhabi to meet with senior government officials and address a range of bilateral, regional, and global issues. This is the fifth trip to Asia for the Secretary in the past year.  While in Jakarta, the Secretary will reiterate that the United States values Indonesia’s growing leadership on global challenges and looks forward to continue working with Indonesia on issues including climate change, security, democracy, regional integration, and human rights. He will co-chair the Joint Commission Meeting under the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership. He will also underline the importance of our engagement with Asia’s multilateral institutions when he meets the ASEAN Secretary General.