Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
September 16, 2010


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin will host a "1,000 Days" event in support of nutrition and food security efforts that focus on the crucial 1,000 day window for maternal and child health, on September 21 at approximately 9:15 a.m. at the InterContinental Hotel in New York City.

“1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future” seeks to catalyze action to combat child undernutrition, focusing on programs targeted at the 1,000 days window of opportunity beginning with a woman’s pregnancy through a child’s second birthday.

The event provides a platform for the international community to highlight its work in nutrition, including the development of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Roadmap.

The Ministers will discuss the joint U.S.-Ireland effort to focus energy on priority actions within the SUN Roadmap – around the critical 1,000 day window and for 1,000 days.

Ireland and the United States have already made reducing hunger and undernutrition a key development and foreign policy priority: Ireland with its launch of a Hunger Task Force and the United States with Feed the Future and the Global Health Initiative. “1,000 Days” is more than simply one event; it includes commitments to specific follow-up actions to advance the SUN Roadmap and aims to support a broad-based movement to improve child nutrition.

Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Martin will be joined by leaders from other governments, the United Nations, civil society and the private sector. These leaders all share the goal of reaching the first Millennium Development Goal by eradicating extreme poverty and hunger.

InterContinental Barclay Hotel
111 East 48th Street
New York, NY

This event will be webcast live and open to credentialed members of the media.

Pre-set time for video cameras: 8:00 a.m. at the 49th Street Entrance.

Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:45 a.m. at the 49th Street Entrance.

More information on the webcast will be forthcoming on www.state.gov.

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PRN: 2010/1274