Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 27, 2011


Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Eric P. Schwartz will deliver remarks at the U.S. Institute of Peace at an event entitled "Saving Lives, Securing Interests: Reflections on Humanitarian Response and U.S. Foreign Policy" on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

In complex political and humanitarian emergencies, the Department of State and USAID are seeking to more effectively integrate humanitarian action with the diplomatic and the other operational elements of the U.S. Government’s civilian response to crises. At this event, Assistant Secretary Schwartz will discuss the international humanitarian challenges confronting the United States and the U.S. interest in a coherent and effective response. In particular, he will describe how changes in the humanitarian landscape have impacted the State Department's work, including its institutional relationship with agencies within the U.S. government, as well as with international and nongovernmental organizations. He will also look ahead to future international humanitarian challenges.

Assistant Secretary Schwartz will be joined by speakers Ambassador George E. Moose and Jean-Marie Guéhenno, former UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session and light reception.

Please RSVP by registering at http://humanitarian.eventbrite.com/ or by contacting Amanda Mayoral at amayoral@usip.org.

The event is open to credentialed members of the media.

Journalists should contact Allison Sturma at asturma@usip.org.



PRN: 2011/1602