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Secretary Clinton to Deliver Remarks at the Inter-American Social Protection Network Launch


Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokeman
Washington, DC
September 20, 2009

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver remarks at the opening session of the Inter-American Social Protection Network (IASPN) launch in New York, NY, on September 22, 2009 at 8:00 a.m.

Organization of American States Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno, Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg, and President of Chile Michelle Bachelet will also give remarks at the opening session of the conference. President of Colombia Álvaro Uribe and Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs María Otero will speak later in the day. The full program is attached.

The IASPN, endorsed by Heads of Government at the Fifth Summit of the Americas in April 2009, will facilitate the exchange of best practices in social protection, such as lessons learned from innovative conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs in a number of Latin American Countries, particularly Brazil (Bolsa Familia), Chile (Chile Solidario), Colombia (Familias en Acción) and Mexico (Oportunidades). Chile is working with several CARICOM nations on social protection programs, and New York City adapted their program (Opportunity NYC) from the Mexican model.

The event will be held at the Westin New York at Times Square (Gershwin Ballroom), 270 West 43rd Street, New York, NY, and is open to the press.

Logistics for press coverage of the opening session are as follows:

Camera space is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Final access time for still photographers and writers is 7:00 a.m.

All members of the press are encouraged to pre-register with the OAS.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or

(3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport). Press should allow adequate time to process through security.

PRESS CONTACTS:

Darla A. Jordan
U.S. Department of State
(202) 531-5678
JordanDA@State.Gov

Meredith Scott
Organization of American States
(202) 316-8222
mscott@oas.org


Launching the Inter-American Social Protection Network

"A Hemispheric Partnership to promote opportunities, inclusion and prosperity"

AGENDA

New York City, September 22, 2009
Westin NY Times Square

6:00 a.m. Press registration
Location: Gershwin Foyer

7:00 a.m. Guest registration and buffet breakfast
Location: Gershwin Foyer

7:45 a.m. All guests must be seated
Location: Gershwin Ballroom

7:55 a.m. Doors Close
Location: Gershwin Ballroom

8:00-8:45 a.m. Inagural Session
Location: Gershwin Ballroom

Remarks by:

  • Secretary General of the OAS José Miguel Insulza
  • Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton
  • President of Chile Michelle Bachelet
  • Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg
  • President of the IDB Luis Alberto Moreno

Also accompanying the inaugural session:

  • Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, ECLAC
  • Alonzo Fulgham, Acting Administratator, USAID
  • Socorro Gross-Galiano, Assistant Director, PAHO
  • Rebeca Grynspan, Director, UNDP in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Enrique Iglesias, Secretary General, Iberoamerican General Secretariat
  • Jean Maninat, Regional Director, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, ILO
  • María Otero, Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Josette Sheeran, Executive Director, WFP

8:45 a.m. Conference Break
Location: Gershwin Foyer

9:00 a.m. Introduction- Launching the IASPN: Alfonso Quiñonez, Executive Secretary for Integral Development, OAS
Location: Gershwin Ballroom

9:05 a.m. Remarks by: Alonzo Fulgham, Acting Administratator, USAID
Location: Gershwin Ballroom

9:10 a.m. Panel I: Sharing Experiences: Same goal, different realities
Location: Gershwin Ballroom

Moderator: Helena Ribe, Sector Manager, Social Protection, Human Development Department, World Bank

  • Arlete Sampaio, Vice Minister, Ministerio de Desarrollo Social y Combate al Hambre, Brazil - Bolsa Familia
  • Esteban Piedrahita, General Director, Departamento Nacional de Planeación, Colombia - Red Juntos y Familias en Acción
  • Patricio Janson Ledezma, Secretary General-Minister in Charge, Ministerio de Desarrollo Social, Panama – Red de Oportunidades
  • Linda Gibbs, Deputy Mayor for Health & Human Services, City of New York – Opportunity New York
Moderator-led discussion open to participants
10:30 a.m. Coffee break
Location: Gershwin Foyer

10:45 a.m. Panel II: Public Private Partnership for Social Protection
Location: Gershwin Ballroom

Moderator: María Otero, Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Margareth Florez, Executive Director, Red Interamericana de Fundaciones y Acciones Empresariales
  • Charles MacCormack, President and CEO, Save the Children US
  • Rodrigo Jordán, President, Fundación Nacional para la Superación de la Pobreza, Chile
  • Darren Walker, Vice President, Rockefeller Foundation
  • Iñaki Urdangarín Liebaert, President International USA, Telefónica Internacional
Moderator-led discussion open to participants
12:15 p.m. Lunch
Location: Ambassador III Room


2:00 p.m. Special Address: President of Colombia Alvaro Uribe
Location: Gershwin Ballroom

2: 30 p.m. Panel III: Hemispheric Cooperation Partnerships
Location: Gershwin Ballroom

Moderator: Francisco Pilotti, Director, Department of Social Development and Employment, OAS
  • Paula Quintana, Minister, Ministerio de Planificación, Chile - Social Protection System and Puente Program
  • Gustavo A. Merino Juárez, Undersecretary, Subsecretaría de Planeación, Prospectiva y Evaluación, Secretaría de Desarrollo Social, Mexico - Oportunidades, Vivir Mejor
  • Inshan Mohamed, National Programme Director, Ministry of Social Development, Trinidad and Tobago - Targeted Conditional Cash Transfer Programme (TCCTP)
  • Amanda Glassman, Principal Social Development Specialist, IDB
Moderator-led discussion open to participants

3:50 p.m. Special Address: Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, ECLAC
Location: Gershwin Ballroom

4:15 p.m. Coffee Break
Location: Gershwin Foyer

4:30 p.m. Afternoon Keynote Speakers
Location: Gershwin Ballroom

  • Jean Maninat, Regional Director, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, ILO
  • Rebeca Grynspan, Director, UNDP in Latin America and the Caribbean

5:30 p.m. OAS closing Remarks: the IASPN and the path ahead
Location: Gershwin Ballroom

  • Alfonso Quiñonez, Executive Secretary for Integral Development
  • Francisco Pilotti, Director, Department of Social Development and Employment



PRN: 2009/946



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