Secretary Kerry To Discuss Climate Change in Indonesia

February 15, 2014

This weekend, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Jakarta as part of his fifth trip to Asia 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 continuing cooperation with Indonesia on a broad range of issues, including climate change.

Before his arrival to Jakarta, Secretary Kerry personally addressed the people of Indonesia in a video previewing his visit.  The Secretary also used the video to spotlight the importance of climate change, a topic he’ll address in greater depth in remarks to an audience at @America in Jakarta on Sunday, February 16.

@America is U.S. Embassy Jakarta’s 21st century American Center. Its mission is to engage Indonesians, particularly youth, and to deepen people-to-people connections between our two countries.  By hosting cultural events, educational programs, and workshops, @America promotes shared interests across a wide range of issues, including music and popular culture, entrepreneurship, technology, tolerance, governance, and environmental conservation.  Since opening in December 2010, @America has received over 500,000 visitors and hosted  over  2,100 events.  The @America team is particularly honored to be hosting Sunday’s event with Secretary Kerry, because as the Secretary 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."

We hope you’ll join us for the Secretary’s remarks on this important topic. You can watch his remarks live on and Sunday, February 16 at 4:00 a.m. EST.  The Secretary’s remarks will also be available for on-demand viewing after the event on  During the speech, you can join the conversation on Twitter by following @usembassyjkt and @StateDept or by using the hashtags #ActOnClimate and #MenluKerry.

About the Author: Mary Ellen Countryman serves as Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Jerry R.
New Jersey, USA
February 17, 2014
You are an embarrassment to the United States. Global warming a weapon of mass destruction? You, your predessessor, and your boss are weapons of mass destruction. No jobs, Obamacare, economy sucks, massive debt and deficit, Iraq falling back into chaos, Afghanistan is a total mess, Iran laughing at us as we sit by and let them acquire nuclear weapons. Now that's mass destruction. I just hope the country survives two and a half more years of this unmitigated disaster.
Cary P.
Guam, USA
February 18, 2014
[Re: Cary Lee Peterson at ECCO2 Global Partners] Secretary Kerry has the right motives and enthusiasm for endeavors in Indonesia on climate change awareness but the implementation, development, and performance will prevail the anticipated results of the Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals and all framework conventions on climate change at the United Nations. As long as small steps can be made everyday I believe there is promise on fruition from these attempts to establish a sustainable cooperation with the U.S. and Indonesian government.


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