Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
January 19, 2010


Environment and trade representatives from the United States and Chile will mark seven years of environmental cooperation at the concurrently occurring Fifth Meeting of the Environmental Affairs Council and the Third Meeting of the U.S.-Chile Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation, to be held at the U.S. Department of State on January 20, 2010, in Room 1107. The Environmental Affairs Council meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and the Joint Commission for the Environmental Affairs Council meeting will begin at 3:50 p.m.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Sustainable Development Daniel A. Reifsnyder and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources Mark Linscott will co-chair the Environmental Affairs Council for the United States. Executive Director of the National Commission for the Environment Alvaro Sapag will chair the Environmental Affairs Council for Chile.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Reifsnyder will head the U.S. delegation for the Joint Commission meeting, which will include high-ranking representatives from more than seven U.S. government agencies. Deputy Director for the Environment Waldemar Coutts of the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs will lead the Chilean delegation. Mr. Reifsnyder and Mr. Coutts will sign the 2009-2010 Environmental Cooperation Work Plan during the closing session.

The press is invited to attend the public sessions of the Environmental Affairs Council and Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation meeting, as well as the Work Plan signing ceremony, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:25 p.m. The official public session of the Environmental Affairs Council Meeting will start at 2:00 p.m. The Joint Commission for Environmental Cooperation Meeting will start at 3:50 p.m. Mr. Reifsnyder and Mr. Coutts will sign the new work plan at 5:00 p.m.

Due to space limitations, only writers and stills may begin arriving at 1:40 p.m. at the 23rd Street entrance. Final access time is at 3:30 p.m.

Media representatives may attend the opening session 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 ID card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying employment as a journalist and an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport). Press should allow adequate time to process through security. For more information, please contact: Alice Chu, Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, at (202) 647-1247 or ChuAR@state.gov.



PRN: 2010/067