Press Statement: Secretary of State John Kerry’s Travel to Burma, Australia, Solomon Islands, and Hawaii

Jen PsakiDepartment SpokespersonWashington, DCAugust 2, 2014Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Naypyitaw, Burma; Sydney, Australia; Honiara, Solomon Islands; and Honolulu, Hawaii August 8-13, 2014.On August 9, Secretary Kerry will arrive in Naypyitaw to meet Burmese government leaders and to attend the U.S.-ASEAN, Lower Mekong Initiative, Friends of the Lower Mekong Initiative, ASEAN Regional…

Remarks by Ambassador Clune at Lower Mekong Initiative Regional Working Group

Landmark Hotel, VientianeVice Minister Bounkeut, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, and Ladies and Gentlemen:As you know, the Lower Mekong Initiative as created as a result of a meeting in 2009 between Secretary of State Clinton and the Foreign Ministers of the Lower Mekong countries as a vehicle for cooperation in facing shared challenges and opportunities in the…

Remarks on Climate Change and the Environment

John Kerry, Secretary of StateKien Vang Market Pier, Mekong Delta, VietnamSECRETARY KERRY: I want to thank Dr. Dang Kieu Nhan for – from Can Tho, from the Can Tho University, who just gave me, over the course of our boat ride, a briefing, and before the boat ride, a really eye-opening briefing about the effect of…

Fact Sheet: U.S.-Vietnam Cooperation on the Environment

Office of the SpokespersonWashington, DCThe United States and Vietnam are working closely together to tackle some of the most difficult environmental challenges of our day.  Our efforts focus on climate change, clean energy, sustainable infrastructure, ecosystem and water resource management, and wildlife trafficking.Lower Mekong InitiativeThe United States and Vietnam co-chair the Lower Mekong Initiative’s Environment…

Remarks at CSIS Mekong Health Event

By Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific AffairsThank you CSIS, Dr. Stephen Morrison and Murray Heibert, for inviting me to be here today.  It’s great to be here among so many colleagues who share my belief in the importance of Southeast Asia, and the development in the Mekong sub-region in particular.I…

Lower Mekong Initiative Fifth Regional Working Group Meeting Co-chairs’ Statement

The Royal Government of Cambodia hosted over 90 delegates from Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, and the United States in Siem Reap on November 6-7, 2013 for the 5th Lower Mekong Initiative Regional Working Group Meeting.  The Lower Mekong Initiative is a multinational forum for addressing trans-boundary policy and development challenges in the pillar…

Rebalance to Asia III: Protecting the Environment and Ensuring Food and Water Security in East Asia and the Pacific

Testimony of Gregory Beck, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia, U.S. Agency for International Development before Foreign Relations Committee East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee“Rebalance to Asia III: Protecting the Environment and Ensuring Food and Water Security in East Asia and the Pacific”Chairman Cardin, Senator Rubio, and distinguished Members of the Committee, thank you for the…

Fact Sheet: 2013 U.S. Engagement in the Lower Mekong Initiative

On July 1, Secretary of State John Kerry led the United States’ delegation to the Sixth Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Ministerial Meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. LMI is the region’s only forum for addressing cross-border development and policy challenges facing the five Lower Mekong partner countries. LMI holds three official events and many…

Third Friends of the Lower Mekong Ministerial Meeting Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam Joint Ministerial Statement

On July 1, 2013, the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, the High Representative of the European Union, the Secretary General of ASEAN, and senior representatives of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank joined the U.S. Secretary of State and Foreign Ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand,…

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Press Availability in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon. Let me first thank His Majesty, the Sultan, and the people of Brunei for hosting us all here at this forum. It’s wonderful to be back for my second visit to the region as Secretary of State.And as I said in April in Tokyo, President Obama has made, I think, a…

Joint Statement: Sixth LMI Ministerial Meeting

On July 1, 2013, the Foreign Ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam, and the U.S. Secretary of State and the Secretary-General of ASEAN met in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam for the 6th Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Ministerial Meeting.Ministers endorsed LMI as a forum through which to address complex, transnational development…

Remarks with USAID Deputy Administrator Greg Beck at the Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, everybody’s presence here underscores the very important link between the work with the Lower Mekong Initiative and ASEAN. And so I want to thank Brunei Darussalam for hosting us at the sixth Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting. And I’m grateful to all of you for taking time to be here and all of…