US former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate, John Kerry, will be the closing speaker at Ocean Leadership Conference, which will take place during Nor-Shipping event at Oslo next week.    

According to the official program of the Norwegian shipping event, Kerry, who currently is the United States special presidential envoy for climate, will give the final speech of the Ocean Leadership Conference in June 6.

It’s worth noting that the Nor-Shipping 2023 event will be held at the Norwegian capital from June 6 to 9.

John Kerry will share the stage with other key global figures including Dr Andrew Forrest, the Founder and Executive Chairman of Fortescue Metals Group, and Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel laureate in Economics and former Chief Economist at the World Bank.

Mr. Kerry was sworn in as the first ever United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate on 20 January 2021, with President Biden saying that he would ‘have a seat at every table around the world’ in his quest to combat climate change.

At Nor-Shipping he will share ‘the table’ with a broad range of big names from the ocean industries and beyond, including Guy Platten, Secretary General, of the International Chamber of Shipping; Kjerstin Braathen, CEO, DNB; and Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO, DNV, amongst others.

Knut Arild Hareide, the Director General of Shipping and Navigation at the Norwegian Maritime Directorate, will also hold a ‘final words’ presentation alongside Kerry, blending a national perspective with growing global ocean ambitions.

“We are honoured to confirm that John F. Kerry, for so long a leading light in the world of international politics and diplomacy, has accepted the invitation to speak at next week’s Nor-Shipping,” comments Sidsel Norvik, Director, Nor-Shipping. “As one of the driving forces behind the successful negotiation of the Paris Climate Agreement, Special Presidential Envoy Kerry is acutely aware of the need for sustainable ocean development; understanding that the decision makers gathering at Nor-Shipping have a vital role to play in that process.