Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 19, 2011


On Monday, March 21, 2011, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero will hold a conversation with Harriet Babbitt, Co-Chair, Global Water Challenge, on Global Water Issues, in recognition of the international observance of World Water Day, which takes place March 22. The discussion will be moderated by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Cheryl Benton. The event will be streamed live on www.state.gov and DipNote, the Department of State’s official blog, at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Members of the general public are invited to participate by submitting questions, some of which will be selected for response during the live broadcast.

This is part of the Conversations with America video series coordinated by the Bureau of Public Affairs, in which the State Department's senior leadership hosts conversations live, online, with leaders of prominent non-governmental organizations. The discussions aim to provide a candid view of how leaders from civil society engage the Department on pressing foreign policy issues.

View the text and video from other Conversations with America by following the links below:

Conversations with America : Diplomacy in the 21st Century: Stabilization and Conflict Prevention (February 25, 2011)
Conversations with America: The State Department's Internet Freedom Strategy (February 18, 2011)
Conversations with America: International Disability Rights (February 17, 2011)
Conversations with America: U.S. Efforts to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (February 8, 2011)
Conversations with America: Haiti in 2011: The Way Forward (January 10, 2011)
Conversations with America: Leading Through Civilian Power: The First QDDR (January 6, 2011)
Conversations with America: The Millennium Development Goals (September 16, 2010)
Conversations with America: A Discussion on PEPFAR (August 10, 2010)
Conversations with America: A Discussion on the NEW START Treaty (July 29, 2010)
Conversations with America: U.S. Engagement with Muslim Communities (July 9, 2010)
Conversations with America: The U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue (June 8, 2010)
Conversations with America: A Discussion on Afghanistan and Pakistan (April 19, 2010)



PRN: 2011/424