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Public Schedule for April 18, 2012


Public Schedule
Washington, DC
April 18, 2012

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
PUBLIC SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012


SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

Secretary Clinton is on foreign travel in Brussels, Belgium to participate in a joint meeting of NATO foreign and defense ministers. Secretary Clinton is accompanied by Assistant Secretary Gordon, Spokesperson Nuland, Director Sullivan, VADM Harry B. Harris, Jr., JCS, and Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for European Affairs Liz Sherwood Randall. Please click here for more information.

12:15 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, in Belgium, Brussels.
(POOLED CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING BILATERAL MEETING)

1:10 p.m.
LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends the NATO Foreign and Defense Ministers luncheon, in Brussels, Belgium.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

1:50 p.m
. LOCAL Secretary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta meet with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in Brussels, Belgium.
(POOLED CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING MEETING)

2:15 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton participates in the joint meeting of NATO Foreign and Defense Ministers, in Brussels, Belgium.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

4:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze, in Brussels, Belgium.
(POOLED CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING BILATERAL MEETING)

4:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, in Brussels, Belgium.
(POOLED CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING BILATERAL MEETING)

5:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Romanian Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu, in Brussels, Belgium.
(POOLED CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING BILATERAL MEETING)

6:10 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a joint press availability with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, in Brussels, Belgium.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

7:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends a working dinner for the North Atlantic Council, in Brussels, Belgium.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

DEPUTY SECRETARY BILL BURNS

10:45 a.m. Deputy Secretary Burns accepts the credentials of Ambassador-designate of Thailand Chaiyong Satjipanon, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

4:15 p.m. Deputy Secretary Burns officiates the swearing-in ceremony for U.S. Ambassador-designate to Malta Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

DEPUTY SECRETARY TOM NIDES

Deputy Secretary Nides is on travel in New York City.

UNDER SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS WENDY SHERMAN

10:00 a.m.
Under Secretary Sherman meets with Republic of Korea Special Representative for the Korean Peninsula Ambassador Lim Sung-nam, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

11:00 a.m. Under Secretary Sherman meets with Australian Ambassador Kim Beazley, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

UNDER SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH, ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT ROBERT HORMATS

8:30 a.m. Under Secretary Hormats meets with the Azerbaijani Financial Minister Samir Sharifov, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

9:00 a.m. Under Secretary Hormats hosts the U.S. – Azerbaijan Economic Partnership Commission Dialogue, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

11:00 a.m. Under Secretary Hormats participates in the World Economic Forum Geopolitical Risk Global Agenda Council, at the Eurasia Group, in Washington, DC.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

2:00 p.m. Under Secretary Hormats testifies before the Senate Finance Committee Subcommittee on International Trade, at the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)

3:30 p.m. Under Secretary Hormats participates in the Infrastructure Efficiency Summit, at McKinsey & Company, in Washington, DC.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

7:00 p.m.
Under Secretary Hormats attends an event hosted by Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. Sherry Rehman, in honor of Pakistani Minister for Finance, Economic Affairs, Revenue and Statistics Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, at the Embassy Residence, in Washington, DC.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

UNDER SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS TARA SONENSHINE

9:30 a.m.
Under Secretary Sonenshine and Assistant Secretary Posner deliver remarks at the launch of the Free the Press campaign to support journalists around the world, at the Washington Foreign Press Center.
(MEDIA TO BE DETERMINED BY HOST)
Please contact Andrea Corey at coreyad2@state.gov for more information on attending.

4:00 p.m. Under Secretary Sonenshine and Assistant Secretary Blake meet with members of the Indian Community College Delegation, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

UNDER SECRETARY FOR CIVILIAN SECURITY, DEMOCRACY, AND HUMAN RIGHTS MARIA OTERO


Under Secretary Otero is on foreign travel in Brazil through April 19. Please click here for more information.

ACTING UNDER SECRETARY FOR ARMS CONTROL AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ROSE GOTTEMOELLER

3:00 p.m.
Acting Under Secretary Gottemoeller delivers remarks at a roundtable discussion on arms control at Harvard University’s Belfer Center, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

5:45 p.m.
Acting Under Secretary Gottemoeller delivers remarks at a Harvard Law School Negotiation Workshop, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIAN AFFAIRS ROBERT BLAKE

3:00 p.m.
Assistant Secretary Blake meets with President of American University of Central Asia Andrew Wachtel, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

4:00 p.m.
Assistant Secretary Blake and Under Secretary Sonenshine meet with members of the Indian Community College Delegation, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

4:30 p.m.
Assistant Secretary Blake meets with Kyrgyz Republic Vice Prime Minister Djoomart Otorbaev, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AFFAIRS ESTHER BRIMMER

3:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Brimmer meets with Jan Eliasson, incoming UN Deputy Secretary-General, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

4:00 p.m.
Assistant Secretary Brimmer meets with Finnish Under-Secretary for Development Cooperation and Development Policy Anne Sipiläinen, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AFFAIRS WILLIAM BROWNFIELD

Assistant Secretary Brownfield is on foreign travel in Mexico to participate in the World Economic Forum on Latin America in Puerto Vallarta. Please click here for more information.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR AFRICAN AFFAIRS JOHNNIE CARSON

2:15 p.m. Ambassador Carson testifies on the subject of “Retrenched African Leaders” before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on African Affairs, on Capitol Hill.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AND NONPROLIFERATION TOM COUNTRYMAN

Assistant Secretary Countryman attends the Nonproliferation Directors Group meeting, in Miami, Florida.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS JOSE FERNANDEZ

9:00 a.m. Assistant Secretary Fernandez participates in a meeting of the U.S. – Azerbaijan Economic Partnership Commission Dialogue to discuss opportunities for further economic cooperation, in Washington, DC.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

6:15 p.m. Assistant Secretary Fernandez meets with General Director of the Brazilian School of Finance Administration Alexandre Motta, in Washington, DC.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS MIKE HAMMER

12:45 p.m. Assistant Secretary Hammer meets with midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

5:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Hammer delivers remarks at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND LABOR MICHAEL POSNER

9:30 a.m. Assistant Secretary Posner and Under Secretary Sonenshine deliver remarks at the launch of the Free the Press campaign to support journalists around the world, at the Washington Foreign Press Center.
(MEDIA TO BE DETERMINED BY HOST)
Please contact Andrea Corey at coreyad2@state.gov for more information on attending.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR POPULATION, REFUGEES AND MIGRATION ANNE RICHARD

11:45 a.m.
Assistant Secretary Richard meets with Finnish Under -Secretary for Development Cooperation and Development Policy Anne Sipiläinen, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

2:30 p.m. Assistant Secretary Richard meets with Director of the Department for International Development (DFID) Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs Bureau Chris Austin, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL MILITARY AFFAIRS ANDREW SHAPIRO

Assistant Secretary Shapiro is on foreign travel to India and Bangladesh. Please click here for more information.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS ANN STOCK

Assistant Secretary Stock is on foreign travel in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Please click here for more information.

AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE FOR GLOBAL WOMEN’S ISSUES MELANNE VERVEER

10:00 a.m.
Ambassador Verveer delivers welcome remarks at a meeting of the ASEAN Commission for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Women and Children, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

11:00 a.m.
Ambassador Verveer delivers remarks at the Annual 6k Walk for Water, at the Department of State. The event is organized by the Greening Diplomacy Initiative in recognition of the average distance women and children in the developing world walk each day to bring home potable water. Please click here for event registration.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)
Please contact kambaraam@state.gov for more information.

2:00 p.m. Ambassador Verveer meets with participants of the Centre for Development and Population Activities’ (CEDPA) Fostering the Next Generation of Women Leaders workshop, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

4:00 p.m.
Ambassador Verveer meets with Femmes Africa Solidarité Founder and Chair of the Executive Board Bineta Diop, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

6:30 p.m.
Ambassador Verveer attends the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum National Tribute Dinner, in Washington, DC.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)

SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR GLOBAL INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS RETA JO LEWIS


10:00 a.m. Special Representative Lewis speaks with Michael Lake of Northwestern World Class Cities.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

12:00 p.m. Special Representative Lewis delivers remarks to members of Executive Women at State, on the "Catalyst of Leadership,” at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

2:30 p.m. Special Representative Lewis meets with U.S. Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Gustavo Arnavat, and Howard University executives, in Washington, DC.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE TO MUSLIM COMMUNITIES FARAH PANDITH


Special Representative Farah Pandith is on foreign travel in China through April 21 to meet with civil society representatives and to deliver remarks at the Asia Society’s “Women Leaders of New Asia Summit” event.

DIRECTOR OF POLICY PLANNING JAKE SULLIVAN

Director Sullivan accompanies Secretary Clinton on foreign travel. Please click here for more information.

PRESS BRIEFING SCHEDULE

12:45 p.m. Daily Press Briefing with Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner



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