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High-level U.S. Delegation to Attend Global Summit of Women

June 23-25 event will focus on women's economic advancement

Posted: June 17, 2005

Paula Dobriansky, U.S. under secretary of state for global affairs, will lead the U.S. delegation to the Global Summit of Women, scheduled for June 23-25 in Mexico City, the U.S. Department of State has announced.

In a media note issued June 14, the State Department added that "global respect for women is a [U.S.] foreign policy imperative, and the United States supports the Global Summit of Women for its emphasis on women's economic advancement." As well as sending a high-level U.S. delegation to the summit, the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development also are sponsoring delegates from 10 other countries, including Afghanistan and Iraq.

The 2005 summit will be "a unique and welcome opportunity to gather women entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 executives, and high-ranking government officials in one forum to discuss how best to influence the direction of women in business and government," said the State Department.

Following is the text of the State Department media note, with further details:

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2005

Media Note

High-Level Delegation to Attend Global Summit of Women, June 23-25, 2005

Under Secretary for Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky will lead the U.S. delegation to the Global Summit of Women, which will be held in Mexico City, Mexico, June 23-25, 2005. The summit, now in its fifteenth year, is organized annually by a non-profit organization headed by an International Planning Committee of Women Leaders. Global respect for women is a foreign policy imperative, and the United States supports the Global Summit of Women for its emphasis on women's economic advancement.

Under Secretary Dobriansky is to be accompanied by Ambassador Anne Patterson, Acting Permanent Representative to the United Nations; Cheryl A. Mills, Associate Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration; Anna Escobedo Cabral, Treasurer, U.S. Treasury; Frederick Schieck, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); and Charlotte Ponticelli, the Senior Coordinator for International Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State. The Department of State and USAID are also sponsoring delegates from 10 countries, including Afghanistan and Iraq.

The 2005 Summit will feature the second Women's Expo (WEXPO). WEXPO participants will have an opportunity to showcase their products or services to prospective clients and partners. The Summit will host workshops on strategic networking, growing micro-enterprises into mainstream business through trade, e-commerce, and a host of other topics. Past summits in Seoul, Korea (2004), and Marrakech, Morocco (2003), have spurred the formation of regional and international networks, and have inspired numerous successful business initiatives. Over 880 people attended the Seoul Summit, and a similar number is expected at the Mexico summit.

The Department considers this year's summit in Mexico to be a unique and welcome opportunity to gather women entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 executives, and high-ranking government officials in one forum to discuss how best to influence the direction of women in business and government.

For more information about the Summit, please visit <http://www.globewomen.com/> and/or contact Susan Crais Hovanec, Office of the Senior Coordinator for International Women's Issues, (1)202-312-9675.

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