Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 22, 2013


Secretary of State John Kerry will host the leaders of several United Nations and other international humanitarian organizations at the U.S. Department of State on July 23 to discuss the humanitarian response to the ongoing Syrian crisis.

Participants expected for this meeting include Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA); Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA); Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Program (WFP); William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM); as well as senior leaders from the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

There will be a photo spray in the Treaty Room at the start of the meeting.

Pre-set time for video cameras: 10:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance lobby.

Final access time for still photographers and journalists: 10:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance lobby.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (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 identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

For further information, please contact:

Christine Getzler Vaughan, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration at GetzlerVaughanC@state.gov or (202) 453-9370.

Megan Mattson, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, MattsonMM2@state.gov or (202) 647-6393.



PRN: 2013/0914