Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
February 1, 2011


On January 31, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton convened the first ever Global Chiefs of Mission Conference. This will be the first time U.S. Ambassadors will gather from around the world simultaneously. The Conference, which runs through February 4, presents an unprecedented opportunity to mobilize and coordinate the work of America’s Ambassadors overseas.

A principal aim of the conference will be to prepare for the implementation of the recommendations in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), which Secretary Clinton announced last month.

Credentialed members of the media will have three opportunities to cover the Conference on Wednesday, February 2:

8:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at the first ever Global Chiefs of Mission Conference, in the Dean Acheson Auditorium at the Department of State.

(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE FOR OPENING REMARKS)
Pre-set time for video cameras: 8:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:10 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

12:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton hosts a Global Chiefs of Mission Conference luncheon with guest speaker Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in the Ben Franklin Room at the Department of State.

(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE FOR OPENING REMARKS BY SECRETARY CLINTON AND ADMIRAL MULLEN)
Pre-set time for video cameras: 11:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 12:00 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

1:45 p.m. Administrator Shah delivers remarks on Development to the Inaugural Global Chiefs of Mission Conference, in the Dean Acheson Auditorium at the Department of State.

(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)
Pre-set time for video cameras: 1:00 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 1:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.


Media representatives may attend these events upon presentation of one of the following at the 23rd Street Press Entrance: (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).

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



PRN: 2011/141