John Kerry to lead climate change conference at Yale

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2016 file photo, then United States Secretary of State John Kerry delivers his speech after he receives Germany's Federal Cross of Merit during a ceremony at the foreign ministry in Berlin. Kerry, 73, has signed with Simon & Schuster for a memoir covering his life from childhood through his recent time as secretary of state. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Former Secretary of State John Kerry is leading a conference on climate change this week at Yale University.

The two-day conference that begins Monday on the Ivy League campus will feature speakers including General Electric Chairman Jeffrey Immelt, World Bank President Jim Kim and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

The conference is hosted by the Kerry Initiative, a program launched earlier this year by the former top U.S. diplomat to address global challenges through teaching, research and international dialogue.

The topics for the sessions next week include the future of energy, the role of the private sector and citizen engagement and activism.