Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 20, 2012


In preparation for the sixth Summit of the Americas to be held April 14-15 in Cartagena, Colombia, Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson will answer questions regarding U.S. objectives for the Summit on Twitter (@StateDept) on Wednesday, March 21st at 11:45 a.m.

Questions may be submitted with the hashtag #AskState.

Additionally, the U.S. mission to Colombia is launching a video contest that can be found at http://www.youtube.com/USEmbassyBogota. The theme of this year’s Summit, and the contest title, is “Connecting the Americas, Partners for Prosperity.” The contest is one example of an effort to reach broader audiences through the Secretary’s vision for 21st century statecraft.

Since its founding in Miami in 1994, the Summit of the Americas process has historically been a forum for providing civil society, including the private sector, with the opportunity to raise concerns about and suggest solutions for the issues facing the hemisphere. This year, the Department of State is partnering with the Organization of American States (OAS) Summit Secretariat and the citizen engagement platform OnlineTownHalls.com, to spark conversation and unique insights in the region on key themes of the summit: http://oas.onlinetownhalls.com

The U.S. Embassy in Peru will host a “TechCamp” in the weeks following the Summit on Summit themes including the reduction of poverty and inequalities. TechCamps, part of Secretary Clinton’s Civil Society 2.0 initiative, aim to increase the capacity and dynamism of civil society organizations by training them to use digital technologies to advance their missions.

Summit related outreach activity can be found at http://bogota.usembassy.gov/2012-summit.html and via Twitter with #CumbreAmericas, as partners in the Western Hemisphere and the Caribbean continue to build new global partnerships for the 21st Century.

Acting Assistant Secretary Jacobson’s conversation may be embedded on personal websites with the attached HTML.



PRN: 2012/415