Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 23, 2010


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit the U.S. -Russia “Civil Society to Civil Society” (C2C) Summit Innovation Marketplace Thursday, June 24 at 4:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. Secretary Clinton will also deliver brief remarks.

The second annual C2C Summit will address the role of peer-to-peer collaboration between U.S. and Russian civil society organizations and is being organized on the sidelines of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Washington D.C. For two days, working groups composed of leading Russian and American leaders will facilitate dialogue on civil society and encourage continued bilateral collaborations.

The C2C Summit was launched shortly after the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission was announced in July 2009 by Presidents Obama and Medvedev as a way to improve communication and cooperation between the governments of Russia and the U.S. The Bilateral Presidential Commission (BPC) and its sixteen working groups, including one on Civil Society, serve as a platform for government-to-government dialogue between the two countries.

The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) is the convener of the C2C Summit.

Secretary Clinton’s visit to the C2C summit and Innovation Marketplace is open to credentialed members of the media.
Pre-set time for video cameras: 2:30 p.m.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 3:30 p.m.


Renaissance Marriott Hotel
West Ballroom
999 Ninth Street NW
Washington, D.C.

The C2C Innovation Marketplace seeks to explore how technology can spur innovative approaches to the challenges faced by civil society groups. The Marketplace will bring together ten different organizations from the U.S. and Russia to share novel and innovative technology tools used domestically and abroad to serve the public and advance societal change.

PRESS CONTACTS:

C2C Summit
Michael Reilly
(202) 326-1734
Michael.Reilly@Edelman.com

U.S. Department of State
Office of Press Relations
(202) 647-2492



PRN: 2010/850