Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs to Deliver Keynote Speech at Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools Event

Notice to the Press
Washington, DC
October 12, 2010

Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero will give the keynote speech at the Raising Clean Hands: How WASH Is Essential to Achieve Universal Education event at 10:30 on Wednesday, October 13, in the Exhibition Hall at the Academy for Educational Development (AED) Headquarters located at 1325 Connecticut Avenue, NW in Washington D.C.

The event aims to increase public and private awareness, action, and funding for WASH in school programs globally. It will also highlight the important role that safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene plays in combating disease and facilitating development. A panel discussion, featuring speakers from UNICEF, The Coca-Cola Company, and the Education for All, will follow Under Secretary Otero’s speech.

Media are invited to attend the formal event from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Access time for cameras: 9:30 a.m.

Access time for writers and stills: 10:10 a.m.

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 media materials on this event, please visit:

For more information regarding event, please contact: Alice Chu, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs’ Office of Public Outreach, at: (202) 647-1247 or ChuAR@state.gov.

PRN: 2010/1457