U.S.-Brazil Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 18, 2009

On November 20, 2009, science and technology representatives from the United States and Brazil will mark 15 years of science and technology cooperation at the U.S.-Brazil Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation, to be held in the Loy Henderson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State. Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will head the U.S. delegation which will include high-ranking representatives from more than a dozen U.S. government agencies and research institutions. Minister Sergio Rezende of the Brazilian Ministry for Science and Technology will lead the Brazilian delegation. The U.S. and Brazil expect to sign three cooperative memoranda during the Joint Commission Meetings.

Dr. Nina Fedoroff, Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State, will make welcoming remarks at the opening session, which will occur from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Minister Rezende also will present Brazil’s four-year development plan for science and technology, while Dr. Holdren will discuss the U.S. outlook for scientific and technological cooperation.

The opening session is open for press coverage from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Access time for cameras is 8:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance

Final access time for writers and stills is 8:40 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance

Media representatives may attend the opening session 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 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). Press should allow adequate time to process through security.

For more information, please contact: Alice Chu, Department of State, Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, (202) 647-1247 or ChuAR@state.gov.

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PRN: 2009/1154