Have you heard about the seven women mountain climbers from Nepal, who climbed Mt. McKinley (Denali) in Alaska? Together this all-women team has climbed six of the seven summits of the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. Yesterday, Secretary Kerry met with the Seven Summits Women’s team in efforts to promote women’s empowerment, education, and environmental awareness. http://go.usa.gov/5Yqw 

Today is World Oceans Day! Post your photos of the ocean to Instagram using the hashtag #OurOcean2014. Some of the photos you share will be featured at the “Our Ocean” conference hosted by Secretary Kerry in #Washington, DC this June.

Today is World Oceans Day! Post your photos of the ocean to Instagram using the hashtag #OurOcean2014. Some of the photos you share will be featured at the “Our Ocean” conference hosted by Secretary Kerry in #Washington, DC this June.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discusses the recent U.S.-led operations against terrorists in Somalia and Libya and the importance of sustainable fishing practices and protecting the oceans during his visit to Benoa Port, Bali, Indonesia, October 6, 2013. A text transcript of the Secretary’s remarks can be found here.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discusses the recent U.S.-led operations against terrorists in Somalia and Libya and the importance of sustainable fishing practices and protecting the oceans during his visit to Benoa Port, Bali, Indonesia, October 6, 2013. A text transcript of the Secretary’s remarks can be found here.

Sixty million Indonesians depend on the ocean and fishing resources for their livelihood. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens as Aditya Utama, director of the non-governmental organization Fishing and Living, and Sharif Cicip Sutardjo, Indonesian Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, provide a briefing on a sustainable tuna fishing operation supported by USAID in Bali, Indonesia, October 6, 2013. Learn more.

Sixty million Indonesians depend on the ocean and fishing resources for their livelihood. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens as Aditya Utama, director of the non-governmental organization Fishing and Living, and Sharif Cicip Sutardjo, Indonesian Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, provide a briefing on a sustainable tuna fishing operation supported by USAID in Bali, Indonesia, October 6, 2013. Learn more.

Saving Lives, Livelihoods, and Life

An endangered Agalychnis annae, commonly known as a Blue-Sided Leaf Frog, is seen at National Biodiversity Institute of Costa Rica, INBio, in Heredia, Costa Rica, Oct. 21, 2009. [AP File Photo]

About the Authors: Harold Varmus, M.D., co-recipient of a Nobel Prize for studies of the genetic basis of cancer, is the Director of the National Cancer Institute, and Robert Hormats, Ph.D., is the Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment at the U.S. Department of State.

For many people, the term biodiversity might seem highly technical and irrelevant to their day to day concerns. If you think that, think again. It may just save your life.

Biological diversity… more »

Advancing Community Cooperation on Environmental Issues in the Dominican Republic

Grupo de Sonido de Capotillo, a local percussion group, impresses the crowd using nature-themed music and recycled products during their performance at the third annual Green Fair in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, September 9, 2012. [U.S. Embassy photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Krystle Norman serves as Economic/ Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Officer at the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic.

On a blazing hot day, eager exhibitors hurried across the fairgrounds, where they were adding the final touches to the myriad of booths and displays. Flocks of anxious kids arrived proudly swinging their bag of recyclables in one hand and dragging their parents with the other hand to an eye-catching van used by storm chasers. After surveying the crowd and the layout of the fair, I was overwhelmed with a sense of relief; three months of planning had paid off for us. With no rain in the forecast and everything in place, the Green Fair was ready to begin on the grounds of the National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena (UNPHU) in the Dominican Republic.

Last summer, U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo’s “Green Team” celebrated the third annual Green Fair, which attracted more than 850 adults and children and brought together the public and private sector to address eco-friendly… more »

FACT SHEET On The U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Partnership For A Sustainable Energy

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
November 20, 2012


Recognizing that energy and the environment are among the most pressing issues confronting our region, President Obama, in partnership with Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei and President of the Republic of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, today proposed the U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Partnership for a Sustainable Energy Future.  The Partnership will offer a framework for consolidating and expanding energy and environmental cooperation across existing regional forums to advance efforts to ensure affordable, secure, and cleaner energy supplies for the region.  Bilateral and multilateral energy and environmental initiatives are flourishing in the Asia Pacific, and the United States, in partnership with Brunei and Indonesia, will help coordinate and enhance these efforts, share best practices, and leverage existing initiatives across the various forums that undertake this work. 

The Partnership will build upon the existing energy initiatives in the region, including the ASEAN-United States Energy Cooperation Work Plan, the APEC Energy Working Group, the East Asia Summit Energy Ministers and other forums to expand practical cooperation across the region, promote greater energy connectivity and integration, and encourage collaborative work across these and other forums, including through joint capacity building efforts.  

The Partnership will drive investment and facilitate progress on four key regional priorities: renewables and cleaner energy; markets and interconnectivity; the emerging role of natural gas; and sustainable development.  We will engage with the private sector as well as partner countries in the region to determine specific projects within these four priority areas.  We will work closely with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to enhance their work in the region on these issues.  With an estimated $9 trillion needed in investment in electricity alone through 2035 to meet growing demand in the region, there is enormous potential for U.S. industry to play an important role in the region’s energy future. MORE

Secretary Clinton in Sweden

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, Swedish Defense Minister Karin Enstrom, 2nd left, and Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, left, greet local residents at Vaxholm Island near Stockholm, Sweden, June 3, 2012. [AP Photo]

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On June 3, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Stockholm, Sweden, where she met with senior Swedish officials to discuss a range of issues, including green energy, Internet freedom, Afghanistan, and the Middle East. 

Following her meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, Secretary Clinton said, “Sweden brings its diplomatic heft and its development expertise to nearly every corner of the globe. And at the Chicago Summit we were pleased to welcome Sweden as one of NATO’s strongest partners, standing…more »

Illegal Wildlife Trade: A Survey of Greed, Tragedy, and Ignorance

Elephants walk across the Taita Hills Game as the sun sets after a day long's walk in Kenya, Feb. 5, 2011. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Robert D. Hormats serves as Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment.

Since the beginning of 2012, over 250 elephants have been killed in Cameroon. Adults are being slaughtered for ivory to be used for jewelry, ornaments, and traditional medicine; young juveniles and infants are being killed indiscriminately or left orphaned to die without the protection of their mothers. Having lived in Kenya and Tanzania earlier in my life, I experienced firsthand the wonder of African elephants in their native habitats. That’s why I feel a personal sense of outrage at the senseless and immoral killing of wildlife. We should all feel outrage — even those who have not had the privilege to see elephants close up — because the conservation of our planet’s wildlife is an moral obligation we all share. The U.S. government has consistently been among the leaders in the efforts to protect elephants and other wildlife, but to be effective it’s vital that all governments… more »

Embassies and Consulates Are Going Green

Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy observes the Earth Day exhibit at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., April 19, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Katie G. Kirkpatrick is a program analyst in the Under Secretary of Management’s Office of Policy, Rightsizing, and Innovation. She also serves as the events and outreach coordinator for the State Department’s Greening Council Working Group, which helped organize the exhibition.

The State Department’s Earth Day event, an exhibition titled “American Face of Green — Embassies Leading the Way,” demonstrated how our embassies, consulates and other diplomatic missions are going green. The displays included information on embassy-led tree planting projects, programs dedicated to recycling, reducing energy usage, and more. The participants in the exhibition, a mix of the State Department’s regional and functional bureaus as well as Earth Day Network representatives and a local artist who creates sculptures purely from recycled materials, showed off the many projects that have been undertaken to demonstrate that America takes greening seriously.

American government agencies may not be the first institutions when one thinks of greening operations and practices. But, I would say that anyone who attended the exhibition would have to whole-heartedly reconsider.… more »