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U.S. Ambassadors to Participate in Panel Discussion on U.S. Global Health Diplomacy and the Role of Ambassadors

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 13, 2014


U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Pamela White, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Jeanine Jackson, and U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu Walter North will participate in a panel discussion on U.S. Global Health Diplomacy and the Role of Ambassadors hosted by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, March 17. The event will also feature remarks from Ambassador Leslie Rowe, Acting Special Representative for the Secretary’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and former U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique and to Papua New Guinea, on the role of the new office.

In recent years, the U.S. Government has increasingly focused diplomatic efforts on global health issues. In 2013, the Secretary of State created a new Office of Global Health Diplomacy to elevate global health issues in the diplomatic dialogue and to support U.S. Ambassadors and embassies in using diplomacy to advance their global health programs around the world.

Dr. Jen Kates, Kaiser Family Foundation’s Vice President and Director of Global Health and HIV Policy, will provide opening remarks and moderate the panel discussion. Topics of discussion will include: How does diplomacy intersect with global health, and how is the new focus on global health diplomacy reshaping the work of U.S. Ambassadors with partner countries? And, how does this new office relate to and collaborate with other parts of the U.S. Government’s global health architecture and foreign policy?

Attendees must register with KFF in advance at

For further information, please contact Sheila Weir, Public Affairs Officer, Secretary’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy (S/GHD) at or 202-647-0477.

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