Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
September 24, 2010

The United States and the Organization of the Islamic Conference will co-host a panel discussion on September 27th, 2010 entitled “From Dushanbe to Dakar: Innovative Partnerships for Polio Eradication in OIC Countries.” The panel discussion will take place at UNICEF Headquarters (Three United Nations Plaza, New York) from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. This event will be open to the press.

List of Speakers:

  • Rashad Hussain
    U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference
  • Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu
    Secretary General, Organization of the Islamic Conference
  • Alhaji Sama 'la Mera
    Emir of Arngungu, Polio Eradication Advocate
  • Chris Maher
    Country Operations Head, Global Polio Eradication Initiative, World Health Organization
  • Saad Houry
    Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF
  • Steve Strickland
    Senior Liaison Officer, Global Polio Eradication Initiative, UN Foundation


Erin McLinn (
Bureau of International Organization Affairs
Office of Public Affairs and Outreach

PRN: 2010/1341