Claim that people must die for the ‘new world order’ attributed to Vanessa Kerry is FALSE

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A viral claim that one of John Kerry’s daughters said that billions of humans must die for the ‘new world order’ has surfaced on X.

OUR VERDICT: The claim that Vanessa Kerry says billions of people must die for the ‘new world order’ is FALSE; nowhere in the COP28 video clips did she mentioned that people must die.

A viral claim that one of John Kerry’s daughters said that billions of humans must die for the ‘new world order’ has surfaced on X.

The claim posted online by an X user, @DrLoupis, contains the screenshot of a headline from what looks like a news website’s article.

It read: John Kerry’s Daughter says BILLIONS of humans must die for the ‘New World Order’. The alleged article also had as featured image, the image of a lady.

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The post has the caption that read: Members of the World Economic Forum first.

The claim has garnered over 1.8 million views alongside over 13,000 reposts and more than 34,000 likes. Also, it has generated more than 7,000 comments and bookmarked over 2,500 times.
John Kerry is lawyer, politician and diplomat who served as the 68th United States Secretary of State from 2013 to 2017 during Barack Obama-led US Presidency.
A keyword search on John Kerry’s daughters provided search results of Vanessa Kerry and Alexandra Kerry. A look at their profiles and photos showed that the person in question as stated by the claimant and seen on the screenshot is Vanessa Kerry.
Vanessa Kerry is an American medical professional, public health specialist, and activist. She is the head of Harvard Medical School’s Programme in Global Public Policy and Social Change, the founder of the nonprofit Seed Global Health, and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Special Envoy for Climate Change and Health.

CLAIM

Vanessa Kerry says billions of people must die for the ‘new world order’.

THE FINDINGS

Findings by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is FALSE!
The FactCheckHub observed that the screenshot had a watermark which attributed the post to an X user @tpvsean. A check on the profile showed that the owner is the host of The People’s Voice, a news platform as stated on his bio.
Screenshot of the claim as retrieved from X. INSERT: False verdict.
Screenshot of the claim as retrieved from X. INSERT: False verdict.
Further checks also showed that the claim was posted by the user on April 4, 2024  in a video discussing about Vanessa Kerry. The video post was captioned: “John Kerry’s Daughter Says BILLIONS of Humans Must Die for the ‘New World Order.’
Part of the footage transcribed below read:
The climate crisis is a health crisis and it’s killing us , the event of this year which is said to be the hottest on record have brought this painful truth into sharp focus. Wildfires in the U.S, Canada and Europe, record breaking temperatures around the world. Each climate driven event have left devastation, death and a long tale of health complications in its wake.
So the time for challenging our leaders, the time for challenging the status quo, the time for bold and decisive action by every single one of us in this room is now. Already upto 3.3 billion people in our world are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The World Health Organisation estimates that one in four of the world’s deaths are from preventable environmental causes and climate change is further exacerbating these risks.
The People’s Voice also posted an article in relation to the video post on the same day as archived here.
Kerry spoke in multiple snippets in the 14-minute footage but none of them showed her mentioning billions of people must die for the ‘New World Order.’
The FactCheckHub observed that the video clips were taken from Kerry’s keynote speech at the COP28 event, “Reaching the Last Mile” Forum, held on December 3, 2023.
Delivering the speech, she did not call for the sacrifice of billions of people anywhere in the COP28 video or its transcript, rather she was talking about climate change.

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Further checks show that the news was not published by any credible media house.
In October 2023, Reuters published a similar fact check about Vanessa Kerry’s father, John Kerry, allegedly saying billions of people be sacrificed to save the earth. The false claim was also attributed to The People’s Voice.

THE VERDICT

The claim that Vanessa Kerry says billions of people must die for the ‘new world order’ is FALSE; nowhere in the COP28 video clips did she mentioned that people must die.

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Seasoned fact-checker and researcher Fatimah Quadri has written numerous fact-checks, explainers, and media literacy pieces for The FactCheckHub in an effort to combat information disorder. She can be reached at sunmibola_q on X or [email protected].

SOURCES: @DrLoupis and The People’s Voice via X.

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