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Secretaries Clinton, Gates and Geithner, Administrator Shah and MCC CEO Yohannes to Address U.S. Global Development Policy

Notice to the Press
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Secretary of Defense Gates, Secretary of the Treasury Geithner, USAID Administrator Shah and Millennium Challenge Corporation CEO Yohannes
Washington, DC
September 27, 2010


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will participate in a roundtable discussion on the Administration’s new Global Development Policy at the annual U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Conference on September 28 at 3:00 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Washington.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner, USAID Administrator Raj Shah and Millennium Challenge Corporation CEO Daniel Yohannes will also participate in the roundtable, which will be moderated by Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University.  The audience will include prominent business, civic, faith-based and non-profit leaders.

On September 22, President Obama signed a Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development, the first of its kind by a U.S. administration. The directive calls for the elevation of development as a core pillar of American power and charts a course for development, diplomacy and defense to reinforce and complement one another in an integrated, comprehensive approach to national security. 

The Department of State plays a central role in achieving the goals of the PPD. The Secretary of State has responsibility for ensuring that diplomacy and development are effectively coordinated and mutually reinforcing in the operation of our foreign policy. In support of the PPD and the National Security Strategy, Secretary Clinton is overseeing the first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, which will propose steps to strengthen our diplomatic and development capabilities to better meet our foreign policy goals and operationalize our new Global Development Policy across State and USAID.

This event will be open to credentialed members of the media and live streamed on

Pre-set time for video cameras:   1:00 p.m.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers:  2:30 p.m.

Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20001

Watch for more information on the Department of State’s role in implementing the Presidential Policy Directive on September 29.

Press Contacts:

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition
Richard Parker
(202) 730-4163

Department of State
Office of Press Relations
(202) 647-2492


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