John Forbes Kerry is an American politician who served as the United States Secretary of State from 2013 to 2017 under President Barack Obama. In this position, he was popular for his powerful strategies to resolve many critical international challenges. He supported free trade, expansive foreign and military policy, and increasing spending on education. A lawyer by profession, he worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Massachusetts before pursuing a career in politics. Elected to the US Senate in 1984, he went on to serve as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and resolved the nation's fiscal problems as a member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. He thrived in his political career and eventually rose to the position of the Secretary of State. One of his most challenging tasks as the Secretary of State was to find a solution to the conflict between the rebels and Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria, in which chemical weapons were used on the civilians. His diplomatic efforts with Iran paid off when the US reached an agreement with Iran and the latter had to pledge to curb its uranium program. Kerry not only received several honorary degrees for his services to the US, but also bagged a number of foreign honors.
December 11, 1943
Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Aurora, Colorado
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John Forbes Kerry
6'4" (193 cm)
Yale University, Boston College Law School, St. Paul's School, Fessenden School, St. Albans School, Jonathan Edwards College
Rosemary Forbes Kerry
Teresa Heinz (m. 1995), Julia Thorne (m. 1970–1988)
"This is the largest market the world has ever been staring at: the energy transition market," said Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry on Thursday at the IV CEO Summit of the Americas. Kerry said it's an opportunity the United States is not taking as seriously as many other...
John Kerry, the U.S. special presidential envoy for climate change, warned Tuesday that the war in Ukraine could undermine international progress to cut carbon emissions. “You have this new revisionism suggesting that we have to be pumping oil like crazy, and we have to be moving into long term [fossil fuel] infrastructure building, which would be absolutely disastrous,” Kerry said, speaking on June 7 at the TIME 100 Summit in New York City. “We have to push back, and we have to push back hard.”
John Kerry has promised to “follow up” on the disappearances of the British journalist and Indigenous affairs official who vanished in a remote part of the Amazon on Sunday.The US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate made the commitment after the disappearances were raised with him by Sônia Guajajara, an Indigenous Peoples leader from Brazil, at the Time100 Summit in New York City on Tuesday.Dom Phillips, 57, and Bruno Araújo Pereira were last seen three days ago on a boat in the remote Javari region.Authorities in Brazil claim they are expanding the search for the two men in the area,...
US climate envoy John Kerry has warned European leaders the war in Ukraine must not prolong dependence on coal and countries must move "much more quickly" to ditch fossil fuels.Ahead of climate talks opening this week in Bonn, Germany, Mr Kerry strongly criticised countries for failing to meet the goals they set at the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow last year, and said the war should not halt efforts to tackle the climate crisis.The UK and other nations have looked to expand fossil fuel projects in response to the energy crisis fuelled by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.Speaking to the BBC,...
Sign up for the Fortune Features email list so you don’t miss our biggest features, exclusive interviews, and investigations. “There isn't any country on the planet that isn't feeling and living the impacts of the climate crisis.”. Those stark words, spoken by former U.S. Secretary of State and Senator...
US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry discusses the changing tone of political debate in America, US leadership around the world, and calls climate change "the largest economic opportunity and transformation since the industrial revolution." He speaks at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting on "Bloomberg Surveillance."
John Kerry has warned that the trillions poured into fossil fuel subsidies is the “definition of insanity” as he urged more efforts to tackle the climate crisis. The US special presidential envoy on climate told the Net Zero Delivery Summit in London that energy could continue to be “weaponised” as it had been by Russia, and capital was needed to move faster to clean, secure technology.
The longer the war in Ukraine carries on, the worse the consequences will be for the climate, the US presidential envoy John Kerry has warned. Many countries are struggling with an energy crisis while also urgently needing to cut greenhouse gas emissions to limit global heating to 1.5C, he said.