A Conversation with

JOHN KERRY

U.S. SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE

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On the first day of the Biden Administration, John Kerry was sworn in as the first Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and the first-ever Principal entirely dedicated to climate change to sit on the National Security Council. Even in the darkest days of the pandemic, the former Secretary of State and special friend of Vietnam was traveling the world pushing leaders to take action on climate change. Kerry’s travels included a visit to Hanoi in February of this year where he met with AmCham members to discuss helping Vietnam meet its energy security goals and its COP26 commitments. At the meeting, AmCham members explained that clean energy policy in Vietnam’s Power Development Plan 8 needs to reflect a whole of government approach and view energy growth from many angles: access to finance, tax policy, reducing use inefficiency, public education, carbon emissions, bankability, bridge fuels, need for transmission, storage and innovation.

A lot has happened in the six months since that discussion including global energy supply and security concerns, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and passage of a massive bill that represents the biggest investment in climate action in US history. Please join us on Tuesday morning for an in-person breakfast event with US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry to discuss Vietnam’s energy transition, US and global action on creating a cleaner future, the upcoming COP27 meeting, and more.

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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