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WHAT: NYFPC On The Record Press Briefing & Luncheon

TOPIC: The Economic and Business Impacts of Varying Energy Price Scenarios

BRIEFERS: Bart van Ark, Executive Vice President and Chief Economist, The Conference Board;
Gad Levanon, Managing Director, Economic Outlook & Labor Markets, The Conference Board; and
Wim Overmeer, Senior Fellow for Scenarios and Energy, The Conference Board

WHEN: Thursday, April 23, 12 noon.

WHERE: 799 United Nations Plaza, 10th floor (SW corner of E. 45th St. & 1st Ave.)

RSVP: Interested media should respond to NYFPC@state.gov.
 
BACKGROUND: Months of plunging oil prices have the potential to drastically rearrange the global energy landscape in the next few years. In the past few months some winners and losers among countries’ sectors and industries have already emerged. There is huge uncertainty about what will happen next. Continued volatility in the oil market means that energy-dependent businesses, be they producers or users, will face new and significant challenges in the next few years.
Please join us for this on-the-record panel discussion, featuring Bart van Ark, Executive Vice President and Chief Economist, Gad Levanon, Managing Director, Economic Outlook & Labor Markets and Wim Overmeer, Senior Fellow, for a presentation and Q & A. Lunch will be served.

Briefer bios:
 
Bart van Ark, Ph.D.
Bart van Ark is executive vice president, chief economist & chief strategy officer of The Conference Board. He leads a team of almost two dozen economists in New York, Brussels, and Beijing who produce a range of widely watched economic indicators and growth forecasts and in-depth global economic research. A Dutch national, he is the first non-U.S. chief economist in the history of The Conference Board.
Van Ark is also responsible for strategy development and major new initiatives at The Conference Board. Van Ark continues to steward the longstanding research collaboration of The Conference Board with the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, where he has been a professor since 2000 and holds the university’s chair in Economic Development, Technological Change and Growth.
Van Ark has been extensively published in national and international academic journals, and he is frequently featured in major international business media, including Bloomberg, CNBC, Financial Times and Wall Street Journal.
 
Gad Levanon, Ph.D.
Gad Levanon is Managing Director, Economic Outlook & Labor Markets at The Conference Board, where he also leads the labor markets program. He also serves on The Demand Institute™ leadership team.
Levanon created The Conference Board Employment Trends Index™, a widely used measure that fills the need for a leading index of employment. His research focuses on trends in U.S. and global labor markets, consumer trends, and forecasting using economic indicators.
Levanon is the principal writer of The Conference Board Labor Markets in Review™, a quarterly publication that documents the main trends in labor markets across the globe. He also writes a popular blog on labor markets for Human Capital Exchange™. In addition to writing reports for The Conference Board, he has published extensively in academic and professional journals.
Before coming to The Conference Board, Levanon worked at the Israeli Central Bank where he participated in the analysis of financial markets and monetary policy.
Levanon received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University, and he holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Tel Aviv University in Israel.
 
Willem Overmeer
Senior Fellow
Willem Overmeer is a Senior Fellow at The Conference Board and leads the programs on Scenario Building & Analysis, and on Energy. He works closely with individual members of The Conference Board to identify critical trends in the corporate environment and translate these trends into scenarios that help shape entrepreneurial challenges and opportunities.
Before joining The Conference Board, Overmeer worked as a corporate planner, policy researcher, business school professor, and management consultant. He collaborated closely with senior executive teams to redesign global businesses in shifting environments in a variety of industries— telecommunications, construction and real estate development, insurance, consumer-branded products, retail, and health care.
Overmeer holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management, and an MS from Delft Technical University. He has taught at MIT, INSEAD, and the Stern School of New York University.
 
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WHAT: NYFPC On The Record Press Briefing and Washington Digital Video Conference

TOPIC: Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference

BRIEFER: Ambassador Adam M. Scheinman, Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation

WHEN: Friday, April 24, 11:00 am

WHERE: 799 United Nations Plaza, 10th floor (SW corner of E. 45th St. & 1st Ave.)

RSVP: Interested media should respond to NYFPC@state.gov.

BACKGROUND: From April 27-May 22, the international community will gather at the United Nations for the five-year review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Since its enactment in 1970, the NPT has become the most important multilateral treaty on nuclear weapons, to which nearly every country in the world has subscribed. At the Review Conference, the United States will reaffirm its commitment to all three pillars of the NPT—disarmament, nuclear nonproliferation, and access to peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

For more information on the NPT, go to http://www.state.gov/t/isn/npt/index.htm.


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WHAT: Washington Foreign Press Center On-The-Record Briefing and New York Digital Video Conference

TOPIC: Readout of the First High-Level U.S.-China Coordination Meeting on Disability at the U.S. Department of State

BRIEFER: U.S. Department of State Special Advisor for International Disability Rights Judith E. Heumann

WHEN: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at 3:00 pm

WHERE: National Press Building, 529 14th Street, NW, Suite 800

RSVP: All interested media should respond to FPCOwner@state.gov. Please request reasonable accommodation for this event by April 23.

BACKGROUND: Following recent travels to China, U.S. Department of State Special Advisor for International Disability Rights Judith Heumann hosted the first-ever U.S.-China Coordination Meeting on Disability at the U.S. Department of State on April 14-15, 2015. The first day of high-level meetings focused on education and employment best practices for people with disabilities, and included remarks from Deputy Secretary Tony Blinken and Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski, as well as representatives from civil society and other U.S. government agencies. As part of the Coordination Meeting, Special Advisor Heumann also led the Chinese delegation on site visits to The George Washington University and The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to learn more about best practices related to accessibility and U.S. disability and civil rights laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This is the first of what the U.S. Department of State expects to be a series of high-level meetings between Chinese and U.S. officials on disability rights.

Special Advisor Heumann will provide a readout of the April 14-15 talks and discuss next steps in the U.S.-China disability rights dialogue.‎


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