Waves of Change: An Update on Ocean Policy and Practices

WHAT: New York Foreign Press Center On-the-Record Briefing and Washington Foreign Press Center Digital Video Conference

TOPIC: Waves of Change: An Update on Ocean Policy and Practices

SPEAKERS: Heraldo Muñoz, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile; Catherine Novelli, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment

WHEN: Tuesday, September 29, 2015; Briefing at 12:30 p.m. (Lunch at 12:00 p.m.)

WHERE: 799 UN Plaza, 10th Floor (Southwest corner of 45th Street and 1st Avenue)

RSVP: Register to attend at nyfpc@state.gov.

BACKGROUND: Ahead of the October 5-6 Our Ocean conference in Chile, Under Secretary of State Catherine Novelli and Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz will discuss what the United States and Chile, with their international partners, are doing to promote conservation and sustainable use of the world’s ocean. Both officials will describe policies and initiatives aimed at tackling challenges related to illegal fishing, marine debris, ocean acidification, and marine protected areas.

Please note that lunch will be served beginning at 12:00 p.m.


WHAT: New York Foreign Press Center On-the-Record Briefing and Washington Foreign Press Center Digital Video Conference

TOPIC: U.S. Priorities in Sub-Saharan Africa

SPEAKER: Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield

WHEN: Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: 799 UN Plaza, 10th Floor, E. 45th Street at 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10017

RSVP: Interested media should RSVP to nyfpc@state.gov.

BACKGROUND: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield is the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs and leads the bureau in the Department of State focused on the development and management of U.S. policy toward sub-Saharan Africa. She will take questions from the press related to her activities during the U.N. General Assembly and broader United States policy in sub-Saharan Africa.


WHAT: New York Foreign Press Center On-the-Record Briefing and Washington Foreign Press Center Digital Video Conference

TOPIC: Public-Private Partnerships: Leveraging Resources to Triple Smart Results

SPEAKERS: Andrew O’Brien, Special Representative for Global Partnerships, U.S. Department of State; Dean Krehmeyer, Executive Director, University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society; Matthew Swift, Chairman, Co-founder and interim CEO, Concordia

WHEN: Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: 799 UN Plaza, 10th Floor (Southwest corner of 45th Street and 1st Avenue)

RSVP: Register to attend at nyfpc@state.gov.

BACKGROUND: Secretary Kerry’s Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society and Concordia have teamed up yet again to recognize successful public-private partnerships (P3s) from around the world. Special Representative Drew O’Brien will hold a press conference at the NY Foreign Press Center with his partners at Darden and Concordia to brief press on this year’s finalists of the P3 Impact Award, a prestigious honor given to trailblazing organizations that are leveraging partnerships and resources to address pressing global issues. This year’s awards will be presented in New York at the Concordia Summit on October 2. For more information including how to register to cover the event, click here.

This year’s finalists include the following partners: the Government of the Philippines, USAID, and Microsoft; Dow Chemical and The Nature Conservancy; USAID’s U.S. Global Development Lab, Village Capital, and impact investors; The Coca-Cola Company, Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor, and local utility companies in Madagascar; and USAID, TechnoServe, and Partners in Food Solutions.

Come and learn about P3s in such places as Madagascar, East Africa, and the Philippines, and whose work on global issues is having a profound impact upon local communities in these countries and beyond.


WHAT: New York Foreign Press Center On-the-Record Briefing and Washington Foreign Press Center Digital Video Conference

TOPIC: Conflict, Democracy & Development in the Great Lakes Region

SPEAKERS: U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Thomas Perriello; U.N. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Said Djinnit

WHEN: Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: 799 UN Plaza, 10th Floor, E. 45th Street at 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10017

RSVP: Interested media should RSVP to nyfpc@state.gov.

BACKGROUND: U.S. Special Envoy Thomas Perriello and U.S. Special Envoy Said Djinnit will discuss efforts to achieve peace, stability and prosperity in the Great Lakes Region by spurring economic growth through investment and negotiating democratic transitions.

Bernadette Paolo, President of the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, will give opening remarks. U.S. S/E Thomas Perriello will discuss efforts to promote democratization, conflict mediation, stability and economic development. U.N. S/E Said Djinnit will outline opportunities for direct investment in sectors such as agriculture, energy, finance, infrastructure, communication, technology, mining and tourism. Stephen Hayes, President & CEO for the Corporate Council on Africa, will moderate the discussion, and Modibo I. Toure, Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Great Lakes Region, will give closing remarks.


WHAT: New York Foreign Press Center On-the-Record Briefing and Washington Foreign Press Center Digital Video Conference

TOPIC: The Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan

SPEAKER: Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Ambassador Donald Booth

WHEN: Thursday, October 1, 2015, 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: 799 UN Plaza, 10th Floor, E. 45th Street at 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10017

RSVP: Interested media should RSVP to nyfpc@state.gov.

BACKGROUND: After 20 months of negotiations, the United States and international partners welcomed the signing of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan by Riek Machar and other parties on August 17 and by President Salva Kiir on August 26. At a briefing at the NYFPC, Special Envoy Booth will discuss the current status of the Agreement as well as next steps to implement its permanent ceasefire and to form a transitional government. In addition, he will address the humanitarian and security situations and detail U.S. support for implementation of the Agreement and for a credible accountability mechanism to end impunity, reconcile communities, and reclaim the promise of a prosperous and secure South Sudan.


WHAT: New York Foreign Press Center On-the-Record Briefing and Washington Foreign Press Center Digital Video Conference

TOPIC: Readout of the State Visit of People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping

SPEAKER: Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel

WHEN: Friday, October 2, 2015, 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: 799 UN Plaza, 10th Floor, E. 45th Street at 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10017

RSVP: Interested media should RSVP to nyfpc@state.gov.

BACKGROUND: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel will give a read out of the state visit of People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping.



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