Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 12, 2012


On June 13, the Global Partnership Initiative in collaboration with the Center for Strategic and International Studies will host a roundtable discussion about the value of public-private partnerships for strategic diplomacy and development outcomes. The event will focus on China’s recent announcement that it will join the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership of leading countries and private sector representatives working together to reduce one of the leading causes of death amongst women in the developing world -- exposure to harmful cookstove smoke.

The Secretary’s Special Representative for Global Partnerships Kris Balderston, Economic Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in the U.S. Li Bin, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation’s Gina McCarthy, and Executive Director for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves’ Radha Muthiah will participate in the roundtable discussion.

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership that seeks to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions.

The roundtable discussion is open to the press.

Wednesday, June 13, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies
B1 Conference Room,
1800 K St NW, Washington, DC

Follow the conversation on Twitter at #UncPPP. The event will also be live streamed at: http://csis.org/event/diplomacy-and-development-through-partnerships-china-and-global-alliance-clean-cookstoves

To attend this event, journalists should contact Lorin Kavanaugh-Ulku at 202-647-9302 or 202-236-4132 and Kavanaugh-ulkulm@state.gov.



PRN: 2012/946