Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 30, 2013

The Department of State has renewed the charter for the Advisory Committee on the Secretary of State’s Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society (hereinafter “the Committee”). The Committee serves in a solely advisory capacity. It provides advice and assistance in the formulation of U.S. policies, proposals, and strategies for engagement with, and protection of, civil society worldwide. Functions of the Committee include, but are not limited to: (a) providing information and advice on the effective integration of civil society into overall foreign policy; and (b) providing information and advice on the Department of State’s role in advancing, promoting, and protecting freedom of association and expression. The objective of the Committee is to bring to the United States government a source of expertise, knowledge, and insight not available within the Department or elsewhere in the government on these issues.

The membership of the Committee consists of representatives who are leaders of U.S. and foreign civil society and U.S. and foreign businesses engaged with civil society. They may include: leaders of independent public policy advocacy organizations, non-profit organizations that defend human rights and promote democracy, humanitarian organizations, private foundations and funds, charitable trusts, societies, associations and non-profit corporations.

For further information, please contact the Office of the Senior Advisor for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies, U.S. Department of State, at

PRN: 2013/0484