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Assistant Secretary of State Kerri-Ann Jones to Travel to Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Kenya

By US Department of State
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WASHINGTON, February 14, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Media Note

Washington, DC

February 13, 2012

Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones will travel to Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Kenya February 13 - 22.

In Ethiopia, Dr. Jones will meet with Ethiopian Government officials, members of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, and others in the Ethiopian science community, including from the Natural Sciences Faculty of Addis Ababa University. As part of her visit, she will meet with members of the US-Ethiopian Business Forum. In addition, Dr. Jones will visit a clean cook-stove project site associated with the Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves (of which the U.S. Government is a founding member) and a new electronic waste recycling facility that receives USG support.

In Tanzania, Dr. Jones will discuss education, health, and the economic development aspects of conservation and sustainable tourism. She will visit community projects, meet with NGOs, and hold a roundtable with university students studying the natural sciences.

In Kenya, Dr. Jones will act as the United States' Ministerial representative to the 12th Special Session of the Governing Council and Global Ministerial Environment Forum of the UN Environment Program. The Forum, taking place in Nairobi from Feb 20 – 22, will engage in interactive discussions under the overall theme of “the environmental agenda in the changing world.” It will focus on three topics: implications of the 5th Global Environment Outlook Report, the Green Economy, and the institutional framework for sustainable development.