Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 10, 2013

Deputy Secretary of State William Burns will make keynote remarks at an event for U.S.-China EcoPartnerships as part of the fifth round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED). The event will be held in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State on July 11 at 11:20 a.m. Following Deputy Secretary Burn’s remarks, State Councilor Yang Jiechi will speak on behalf of the Chinese Delegation.

Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones will oversee the signing of the six new EcoPartnerships. Attendees of the event will include U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern, and China National Development and Reform Commission Vice Chairman Xie Zhenhua.

The EcoPartnerships program is an innovative component of U.S.-China cooperation on energy and environmental issues. Established under the Ten Year Framework on Energy and Environment Cooperation (TYF), EcoPartnerships formally link U.S. and Chinese stakeholders who work on clean energy and sustainable development. Eighteen partnerships already share best practices on preventing air pollution, mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, protecting water resources, developing technology for electric vehicles, increasing energy efficiency, and safeguarding natural habitats.

On July 11, Memoranda of Understanding will be signed between the partners involved in six new EcoPartnerships: Coca-Cola (Atlanta, GA) with the Yangtze River Delta Circular Economy of Technology (Zhejiang, China); Institute for Sustainable Communities (Montpelier, VT) with the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (Beijing, China); Natural Resources Defense Council (Washington, DC) with Beijing Energy Conservation and Environment Protection Center (Beijing, China); New York Institute of Technology (New York, NY) with Peking University (Beijing, China); Raven Ridge Resources (Grand Junction, CO) with Guizhou International Cooperation Center for Environmental Protection (Guizhou, China); and Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY) with Tongji University (Shanghai, China).

The remarks will be open to the press.
Pre set for video cameras: 10:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.
Final access for journalists and still photographers: 11:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.

Media representatives must present of one of the following to gain admittance to the Department of State: (1) a U.S. government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo ID card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying employment as a journalist and an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).

For further information, please contact Kevin Lewis (202-812-2960), Susan Ware Harris (202-679-0127) or (

PRN: 2013/0865