Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 20, 2010


Under Secretary of State Maria Otero will brief the press on the Department of State’s Celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Rowan Press Briefing Room (Room 2209) of the Department of State. The daily press briefing with Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Philip J. Crowley will follow this special press briefing.

The Department of State will commemorate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day as well as the first anniversary of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Greening Diplomacy Initiative on April 21 (the eve of Earth Day, which is April 22) in the Dean Acheson Auditorium.

As Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, Under Secretary Otero oversees the bureaus of Population, Refugees and Migration; Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; and the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. She also serves as the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues.

Press should use the 23rd Street entrance of the Department of State. 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 CONTACTS: Office of Press Relations
U.S. Department of State
(202) 647-2492

For more information on the Greening Diplomacy Initiative, please visit: http://m.state.sbu/sites/pri/GDI/Pages/Home.aspx

For more about the Department’s Earth Day event, please contact: Alice Chu, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs’ Office of Public Outreach, at: (202) 647-1247 or ChuAR@state.gov. For more information regarding Under Secretary Otero’s travels to the Middle East regarding water issues, please contact: Laura Pena at PenaL@state.gov or Annelisa Lindsay at LindsayAN@state.gov, Office of the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs.




PRN: 2010/485