Travel of Deputy Secretary Burns to Sweden and Estonia

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 14, 2012

Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns is traveling to Stockholm, Sweden, and Tallinn, Estonia, May 14-16. In Stockholm, he will lead the U.S. delegation to the Meeting of the Deputy Ministers of the Arctic Council. The Deputy Ministers will provide guidance for future work of the Council, launch new efforts to address climate change adaptation in the Arctic, and adopt steps to establish a new standing secretariat in Tromso, Norway. The Council is the preeminent forum for Arctic diplomacy, science, indigenous concerns, and environmental protection. The Deputy Secretary will also meet with senior Swedish officials to discuss bilateral issues and preparations for the NATO Summit in Chicago, May 20-21.

While in Stockholm, Deputy Secretary Burns will give remarks at a tree dedication commemorating the centennial of the birth of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. The Deputy Secretary will be accompanied by members of the Wallenberg family, the Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, and Holocaust survivors.

Deputy Secretary Burns will then travel to Tallinn, Estonia, to meet with senior Estonian officials and discuss a range of issues, including NATO Summit preparations.

PRN: 2012/762