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Upcoming FPC Briefings

ALL BRIEFINGS WILL BE LIVE STREAMED AT: http://conx.state.gov/dc-fpc

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WHAT: New York Foreign Press Center On-The-Record Briefing with DVC at the Washington Foreign Press Center

TOPIC: Innovations in Energy and Sustainable Energy for All

BRIEFER: Dr. Robert F. Ichord, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources

Richard L. Ottinger, Founder, Energy and Climate, Center, Pace University

WHEN: Wednesday, September 24, 2014; 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: 799 United Nations Plaza, 10th Floor (Southwest Corner of East 45th Street and First Avenue); Washington: National Press Building, 529 14th Street, N.W., Suite 800

RSVP: Interested media should RSVP by replying to: NYFPC at nyfpc@state.gov; Washington FPC at fpcowner@state.gov

BACKGROUND: Follwing the UN Climate Change Summit, environmental and energy experts will discuss how to use innovations in energy to help the worl achieve sustainable, cleaner and more renewable energy. With many parts of the world (up to 1.3 billion persons world-wide) lacking a reliable energy source, scientific achievements and innovative partnerships with the private sector, academic institutions and governments are challenging the status quo and driving significant changes. Please join us for an informative and lively discussion, including on the Sustainable Energy for All initiative and innovative technologies designed to ensure universal access to modern energy services.

BRIEFER BIOS: Dr. Robert F. Ichord, Jr.;   Richard L. Ottinger

Foreign Media Only, Please.

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WHAT: New York Foreign Press Center On-The-Record Press Briefing with DVC at the Washington Foreign Press Center

TOPIC: U.S. Ocean Priorities for the Sixty-Ninth UNGA

BRIEFER: Catherine Novelli, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment

WHEN: Wednesday, September 24, 2014; 4:30 PM

WHERE: NYFPC: 799 United Nations Plaza 10th Floor, (Southwest Corner of East 45th Street and First Avenue); Washington FPC: National Press Building, 529 14th Street, N.W., Suite 800

RSVP: Interested media should RSVP to NYFPC: nyfpc@state.gov; Washington FPC at FPCOwner@state.gov

BACKGROUND: As Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, Ms. Novelli is charged with leading the State Department’s efforts to develop and implement economic growth, energy, agricultural, oceans, environmental, science, and technology policies to promote economic prosperity and address global challenges. She will provide an overview of the U.S. government’s goals and policies for the preservation of the oceans and sustaining global fisheries. She will also preview Secretary Kerry’s “Our Ocean: Next Steps on Sustainable Fishing and Marine Protected Areas” event scheduled for September 25 in New York City.

BRIEFER BIO: Catherine Novelli

Foreign Media Only, Please.

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WHAT: New York Foreign Press Center On-The-Record Briefing with DVC at the Washington Foreign Press Center

TOPIC: U.S. Priorities in Africa

BRIEFER: Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

WHEN: Thursday, September 25, 2014, 9:00 am

WHERE:NYFPC: 799 United Nations Plaza, 10th Floor (Southwest corner of East 45th Street and First Avenue); Washington FPC: National Press Building, 529 14th Street, N.W., Suite 800

RSVP: Interested media should RSVP to: NYFPC at nyfpc@state.gov; Washington FPC at: FPCOwner@state.gov

BACKGROUND: Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Thomas-Greenfield will address the high priority issues for the United States government at the United Nations General Assembly, including the urgent need for a coordinated global response to the Ebola crisis. She will also provide readouts of Secretary Kerry’s bilateral meetings in New York and follow-up actions the U.S. Government is taking after the Africa Leadership Summit that took place in Washington, D.C. in August.

BRIEFER BIO: Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Foreign Media Only, Please.

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WHAT: New York Foreign Press Center On-The-Record Press Briefing with DVC at the Washington Foreign Press Center

TOPIC: Update on Afghanistan Elections

BRIEFER: Daniel Feldman, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP)

WHEN: Thursday, September 25, 2014; 1:15 – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: New York FPC: 799 United Nations Plaza, 10th Floor (Southwest Corner of East 45th Street and First Avenue); Washington FPC: National Press Building, 529 14th Street, N.W., Suite 800

RSVP: Interested media should RSVP by replying to NYFPC at nyfpc@state.gov; Washington FPC at fpcowner@state.gov

BACKGROUND: Mr. Feldman will discuss the recent political developments in Afghanistan, including the recent elections and the political transition.

BRIEFER BIO: Daniel Feldman

Foreign Media Only, Please.

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WHAT: New York Foreign Press Center On-The-Record Press Briefing with DVC at the Washington Foreign Press Center

TOPIC: U.S. Priorities in Sudan and South Sudan

BRIEFER: Ambassador Donald Booth, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan

WHEN: Thursday, September 25, 2014; 3:00-4:00 p.m.

WHERE: NYFPC: 799 United Nations Plaza, 10th Floor (SW Corner of E 45th St and First Ave); Washington FPC: National Press Building, 529 14th Street, N.W., Suite 800

RSVP: Interested media should RSVP to: NYFPC at nyfpc@state.gov; Washington FPC: FPCOwner@state.gov

BACKGROUND: Ambassador Booth will brief on U.S. efforts, in conjunction with the African Union and other international partners, to promote sustainable peace within and between Sudan and South Sudan.

BRIEFER BIO: Donald Booth

Foreign Media Only, Please.

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WHAT: New York Foreign Press Center On-The-Record Briefing with DVC at the Washington Foreign Press Center

TOPIC: U.S. Priorities in the Western Hemisphere

BRIEFER: Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs

WHEN: Friday, September 26, 2014; 10:00-11:00 am

WHERE: New York FPC: 799 United Nations Plaza, 10th Floor (Southwest Corner of East 45th Street and First Avenue); Washington FPC: National Press Building, 529 14th Street, N.W., Suite 800

RSVP: Interested media should RSVP to NYFPC: nyfpc@state.gov; Washington FPC: FPCOwner@state.gov

BACKGROUND: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson will provide an overview of U.S. foreign policy priorities in the Western Hemisphere. This will include regional issues discussed at the UN General Assembly, as well as U.S. engagement in the Americas on promoting jobs, education, energy, prosperity, innovation, citizen security, and democratic values.

BRIEFER BIO: Roberta Jacobson

Foreign Media Only, please.

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WHAT: New York Foreign Press Center On-The-Record Press Briefing with DVC at the Washington Foreign Press Center

TOPIC: U.S. Foreign Policy Update

BRIEFER: Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

WHEN: Friday, September 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm

WHERE: NYFPC: 799 United Nations Plaza, 10th Floor (SW Corner of E 45th St and 1st Ave); Washington FPC: National Press Building, 529 14th Street, N.W., Suite 800

RSVP: Interested media should RSVP by replying to: NYFPC at NYFPC@state.gov; Washington FPC at: FPCOwner@state.gov

BACKGROUND: Assistant Secretary Daniel R. Russel will provide an overview of U.S. policy objectives for the Asia-Pacific region, including regional issues discussed at the UN General Assembly and U.S. engagement in the region’s multilateral architecture, economic development, people-to-people exchanges, and education.

BRIEFER BIO: Daniel R. Russel

Foreign Media Only, Please.