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Secretary Clinton Celebrates 50 Years of Citizen Diplomacy at Reception Honoring the National Council of International Visitors


Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
February 11, 2011

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Media Coverage Opportunities on February 17

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will join members of the National Council of International Visitors (NCIV) on February 17 at their annual meeting to celebrate their 50-year partnership with the U.S. Department of State. Watch the live webcast of the Secretary’s remarks at 7:00 p.m. from the Department of State here.

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock will kick-off NCIV’s conference earlier in the day at the opening plenary session. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith A. McHale will then deliver remarks at 12:45 p.m. at a special luncheon for the diplomatic corps. Access the live webcast of Assistant Secretary Stock and Under Secretary McHale’s remarks here.

Credentialed members of the media will have three opportunities to cover the Conference on Thursday, February 17:

8:30 a.m. Assistant Secretary Stock will deliver remarks at the opening plenary of the National Council of International Visitors at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington DC.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE FOR REMARKS)
Media interested in covering this event should RSVP to SergentRT@state.gov or Margaret Ferry of the NCIV at margaretaferry@comcast.net.

12:45 p.m. Under Secretary McHale will address the NCIV annual meeting at a luncheon for the diplomatic corps at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington DC.

(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE FOR REMARKS)
Media interested in covering this event should RSVP Margaret Ferry of the NCIV at margaretaferry@comcast.net.

7:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton will deliver remarks celebrating the NCIV’s 50th Anniversary in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State.

(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE FOR REMARKS)
Watch live at www.state.gov.
Pre-set time for video cameras: 6:30 p.m. from the C Street Entrance Lobby.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 6:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.


The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) is the Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. The IVLP annually brings approximately 5,000 emerging leaders from around the world to the United States to participate in professional projects with U.S. peers and to gain firsthand experience of American society and culture.

The IVLP partners with the NCIV network, which consists of nearly 80,000 American “citizen diplomats” who host international visitors in communities across the United States. As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the NCIV and Department of State have launched the “Gold Stars” tour, which honors 18 returning international visitors, who were selected based on the significant achievements they made in their countries or local communities. The “Gold Stars” delegation will return to their original host communities around the U.S. and showcase how their participation in the international exchange program helped shape their work in their home country. For more information on the program, click here.

CONTACTS:

Talley Sergent
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Department of State
(202) 632-6043
SergentRT@state.gov



PRN: 2010/192



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