The Honorable John Kerry is a longtime great friend of Vietnam and cares deeply about this country, its people, and its future. In the early 1990s, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry urged President Clinton to lift the US trade sanctions against Vietnam. In early 1994, Kerry co-sponsored a resolution to end the trade embargo, against the opposition of veterans’ groups and many politicians. For years, John Kerry would continue his effort to accelerate the normalization of relations with Vietnam. Looking back on the development of bilateral relations, he said, “The United States and Vietnam have again proven that former adversaries really can become partners, even in the complex world we face today. And as much as that achievement matters to us, it is also a profound and timely lesson to the rest of the world.”

He served as a United States Senator representing Massachusetts from 1985 to 2013 including serving as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2009 to 2013. Kerry then spent four years as President Obama’s Secretary of State and currently serves as President Biden’s Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. He is visiting Hanoi next week to discuss Vietnamese policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from across sectors, especially by significantly accelerating renewable energy deployment. Kerry is committed to helping Vietnam achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and to phase out coal consumption by 2040.

DATE:     Tuesday, September 6
TIME:      8:30am – 10:30am
PLACE:   Hilton Hanoi Opera – 1 Le Thanh Tong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
COST:    VND 800,000 (member) and VND 1,000,000 (non-member)

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