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Public Schedule for January 25, 2012

Public Schedule

Washington, DC
January 25, 2012

SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

9:30 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the senior management team, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

10:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Brazilian youth participating in the Youth Ambassadors program, at the Department of State.
(OPEN PRESS)
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10:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Indian Ambassador Nirupama Rao, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

2:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks and participates in a question and answer session at the Inaugural Steering Committee Meeting with the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

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Here are a few pictures from the Inaugural International Council on Women’s Business Leadership meeting this morning and the State of the Union tonight.

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Mme. Secretary has a youth event tomorrow, something she is sure to enjoy.  In other news from the State Department, if you have a book passport, for $30 you can now apply online for a passport card useful for travel in North America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. (A good form of  portable ID.)  Readers in Turkey will be interested to know that the State Department has launched a Turkish language Twitter account!

Secretary Clinton to Greet Youth Ambassadors from Brazil

Notice to the Press

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 24, 2012

 


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will welcome 45 Brazilian Youth Ambassadors to the U.S. Department of State on Wednesday, January 25, at 10:00 a.m.

The Youth Ambassadors Program, created in Brazil in 2002, is a three-week exchange program that focuses on civic education, leadership, and community service for youth, ages 15-18. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the program, which has expanded to 25 countries across the Americas. The program is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in coordination with the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.

 

U.S. Passport Card Online Application Now Available

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 23, 2012

 


On January 24, the Department of State’s Office of Passport Services will launch a 90-day pilot program allowing adult U.S. citizens living in the United States and Canada to apply for a passport card online. By applying online, customers will not be required to mail in their current passport book and necessary forms, saving them time and money.

To participate in this program, applicants must currently possess a valid 10-year U.S. passport book, upload an acceptable digital photograph and make an online payment in U.S. dollars via Pay.gov. Applications accepted through the program will be subject to the same strict adjudication standards as in-person or mail-in applications.

This pilot program is the Department’s signature initiative under Presidential Executive Order 13571 to simplify customer service interactions and streamline related processes, making them more efficient.

The Department of State began producing the passport card in 2008 in response to travel document requirements imposed by the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. Since then, more than 4.5 million cards have been issued. The wallet-sized passport card is a low-cost alternative to the passport book. The U.S. passport card costs $30 for current passport book holders, and is valid for land and sea travel to and from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. It is not valid for international air travel.

To apply for the passport card using the online application, visit travel.state.gov.

 

U.S. Department of State Launches Turkish-Language Twitter Account, @ABDTurk

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 23, 2012

 


The U.S. Department of announced today the launch of its Turkish-language Twitter account @ABDTurk, joining the Department’s 10 official feeds in Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu. These social media accounts serve as a conduit for the U.S. Department of State to inform and engage publics around the world on foreign policy issues.

U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey Francis J. Ricciardone, Jr. said, “The addition of @ABDTurk to our digital diplomacy at U.S. Mission Turkey underscores the high priority that we place on our relationship with Turkey. We are always seeking to expand the ways in which we can inform and engage with the people of Turkey.”

@ABDTurk complements U.S. Mission Turkey’s existing outreach on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube and represents another step in the United States’ commitment to building a strong 21st century partnership with the government and people of Turkey.

To kick-off @ABDTurk, Ambassador Ricciardone will lead an hour long “Twitterview” on January 31, 2012, at 16:00 hrs local (0900 EST) on U.S.-Turkey relations. U.S. Mission Turkey will begin accepting questions today on @ABDTurk or at http://twitter.com/USEmbassyTurkey.

The launch of @ABDTurk coincides with the Department’s celebration of 21st Century Statecraft month. Twenty-first Century Statecraft complements traditional foreign policy by harnessing the digital networks and technologies of an interconnected world. Throughout January 2012, U.S. officials in Washington, D.C. and at U.S. Missions abroad are hosting digital engagements across multiple social media platforms.

 

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Inaugural Meeting of the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership

Remarks

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State

Ben Franklin Room

Washington, DC

January 24, 2012


Well, good morning everyone. And let me again welcome you here to the State Department, to the Ben Franklin Room, for this first meeting of the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership. This is a truly remarkable group, and I want to thank each and every one of you for taking time out of your very busy schedules to travel here to share your experiences and your insights as to what more we can do to promote women in the ranks of business and provide more opportunities for them to participate.

I want, particularly, to thank our vice chair, Cherie Booth Blair. We’ve worked together on so many challenges over the years. Her foundation supports women entrepreneurs around the world, and I’ve had an opportunity to collaborate with her and the foundation on the mWomen initiative to close the global gender gap that prevents hundreds of millions of women from gaining access to mobile technology. We all know that when women have the tools to participate in the formal economy, when they have access to information and opportunity, they can be full participants.

Our other vice chair, Indra Nooyi, unfortunately could not be here. Something came up which prevented her from attending. But her leadership at PepsiCo is a model for entrepreneurs and executives around the world, and she has been closely involved in helping to organize this meeting, and I think she twisted a few arms of some of you to participate as well.

Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s special advisor, also asked that we send her regrets. The President’s delivering his State of the Union this evening, and she was not able to break free from that, something I totally understand from my prior life. And I think that we’re very fortunate to have such a good turnout today.

I only want to say a few words, because really, the point of bringing such distinguished, successful women here around this table is to hear from you and to get very specific ideas about what you think can help us boost growth, take some of the untapped resources and mobilize them, follow smart strategies to increase productivity, and add new value to companies and economies. Now, everyone is searching for answers to those questions, but not enough people realize that part of the answer, a large part of the answer, lies with women.

Last September, I delivered a speech in San Francisco at the APEC, the Asia-Pacific economic conference lead-up, to make the case for increasing women’s participation in the global economy. You know from your own experiences that when women enjoy greater access and opportunity, there is a ripple effect. Businesses have more consumers, families have more to spend, and so it goes through the economy.

We have people around this table who have devoted their professional lives to unlocking the answers to these questions. Sri Mulyani here from the World Bank – she can tell us, in first-person detail, about how the Bank has released a new report, which I commend to all of you, about the impact women can have, not just for themselves and their families, something we’ve always known, but for entire economies. If women participated fully even in our own country, our GDP would rise considerably, and that is even more true in many other parts of the world.

The State Department has another advisory council whose subcommittee on women has produced a new report that looks specifically at the impact of women business leaders on companies and organizations. I want to thank its co-chairs, Judith Barnett and Jeff Volk, who are right there, for their leadership. Now, we’ll have the full results soon, but one fact is already clear: Including more women at the top of organizations, businesses, and the public sector is not just the right thing to do; it is the smart thing to do. It’s good for business. It’s good for results.

Now, we all know the numbers. About three percent of the CEOs of Fortune Global 500 companies are women. There are still a lot of obstacles to women entering. It depends, of course, on national, cultural, ethnic, religious reasons. But it cuts across all of that, and it is, to a greater or lesser degree, present in every society.

So the challenge before us today as we represent government, business, NGOs, workers, institutions is what are the ideas that we can promote that can help women be able to fulfill their own potential. How do we widen that circle of prosperity which will lift the entire global economy – women and men alike – and how do we, within our own organizations, do more to train and promote women to positions of leadership?

I’m looking forward to hearing your ideas, your initiatives, your thoughts, and looking forward to working with you to try to implement them. So let me now turn to my friend and fellow chair, Cherie.

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Public Schedule for January 24, 2012

Public Schedule

Washington, DC
January 24, 2012

 


SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

9:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton hosts the inaugural meeting of the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership, at the Department of State.
(OPEN PRESS FOR REMARKS)
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12:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, at the White House.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY WHITE HOUSE)

5:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY WHITE HOUSE)

8:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends the State of the Union address, at the U.S. Capitol Building.
(MEDIA DETERMINED BY CONGRESS)

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Public Schedule for January 23, 2012

Public Schedule

Washington, DC
January 23, 2012

SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

9:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the assistant secretaries, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

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Inaugural Meeting of Secretary Clinton’s International Council on Women’s Business Leadership

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 20, 2012

 


On Tuesday, January 24th, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will host the first meeting of the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership at the State Department in Washington, D.C. The meeting can be viewed via live webcast on the Internet at http://www.state.gov/e/eb/adcom/icwbl/.

The Council serves the United States government in an advisory capacity on major issues in international business and economic policy, including the effective integration of business interests and women’s economic empowerment into overall foreign policy; the role and limits of international economic institutions from a gender-specific perspective; and the Department of State’s role in advancing and promoting the role of women in a competitive global economy.

Secretary Clinton selected a distinguished, diverse, and international membership for the Council, representing a wide range of expertise and backgrounds, including leaders of American and foreign, public and private sector organizations. Secretary Clinton will serve as the Council’s Chair. The Council’s members are listed below; each will serve a two-year term.

Council Vice Chairs:

  • Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (United Kingdom)
  • Indra Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo, Inc. (USA)

Council Members:

  • Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia (Malaysia)
  • Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Minister for Foreign Trade (UAE)
  • Beth A. Brooke, Global Vice Chair of Public Policy, Sustainability, and Stakeholder Engagement, Ernst & Young (USA)
  • Wanda Engel, Executive President, Unibanco Institute (Brazil)
  • Susan Fleishman, Executive VP for Corporate Communications, Warner Brothers (USA)
  • M. Audrey Hinchcliffe, Founder and Principal Consultant of Caribbean Health Management (Jamaica)
  • Catherine L. Hughes, Chairperson of the Board and Secretary, Radio One (USA)
  • Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director, The World Bank (Indonesia)
  • Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, The White House (USA)
  • Wendy Luhabe, Founder/Chairman, Women Private Equity Funds (South Africa)
  • Ory Okolloh, Policy Manager for Africa, Google (Kenya)
  • Maud E. Olofsson, former MP and former Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden and Minister for Enterprise and Energy (Sweden)
  • Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation (USA)
  • Meera H. Sanyal, Chairperson and Country Executive, ABN AMRO / RBS Bank India (India)
  • Elizabeth H. Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO (USA)
  • Ofra Strauss, Chairwoman of the Board, Strauss Group (Israel)
  • Sally Susman, Executive VP for Policy, External Affairs, and Communications, Pfizer (USA)
  • Zhang Xin, CEO, SOHO China (China)

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