Notice to the Press
Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 28, 2009


Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Thomas A. Shannon and Brazil’s Minister for Promotion of Racial Equality Edson Santos will address the press and answer questions at a joint walkout at the C Street Entrance of the State Department at 12:10 p.m., on Wednesday, April 29, 2009.

The remarks will follow the first morning session of the conference of the U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial Discrimination. The U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan is a landmark bilateral agreement involving not only agencies of the two governments, but also non-governmental, academic and private sector organizations from both countries. The April 29-30 meeting will be the second gathering under the Joint Action Plan and will provide an opportunity for civil society and private sector participants to discuss best practices and next steps.

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 CONTACT
Heide Bronke Fulton
Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
whapress@state.gov
(202) 647-0842




PRN: 2009/393