Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 25, 2011

Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs María Otero will deliver remarks at the U.S. Department of State’s first Earth Day 6k Walk for Water event on Wednesday, April 27 at 11:30 a.m. outside the Department’s 21st Street entrance near the corner of Virginia Avenue NW.

The Earth Day 6k Walk for Water was organized to recognize the nearly 900 million people in the developing world, most often women and girls, who walk an average of 6 kilometers to bring water for their families. The task of collecting water keeps children out of school and limits their opportunities. It also prevents women from engaging in other, more productive economic activities.

The event is open to the public. Interested participants can register for the walk by emailing:

Media are invited to attend the event, which will begin at 11:30 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m.

For more information regarding the walk, please contact: Janice DeGarmo, Bureau of Administration, at (202) 647-4461 or

PRN: 2011/627