David E. Steitz
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Washington
Department of State, Washington
July 14, 2003
NASA Participating In International Earth Observation Summit
On Thursday, July 31, 2003, senior administration officials and representatives from approximately 25 nations will convene in Washington to establish plans for an integrated international Earth observation system. Comprehensive Earth observations will provide key scientific data to support global economic, social and scientific decisions.
The Earth Observation Summit brings together ministerial-level representatives from the G-8 and other countries with a significant role in Earth observation, one of the top three G-8 science and technology priorities. Representatives from the World Bank, World Meteorological Organization, and other multilateral organizations will also attend. The Summit aims to raise awareness of the importance of cooperation and investment in Earth observations for the benefit of international decision-makers.
Key speakers at the Summit include: NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe; Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham; Secretary of Commerce Don Evans; Secretary of State Colin Powell; Science Advisor to the President, John Marburger; and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairman James Connaughton.
Media may cover the Summit 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 photo ID issued by employing media organization; or (3) a letter on official letterhead from parent organization verifying employment as a journalist with an official photo ID (valid driver's license or passport).
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The Summit media entrance is at:
U.S. Department of State
23rd Street entrance
Media registration: 7:30-8:30 a.m. EDT
Summit: 8:45 a.m. - 2:50 p.m. EDT
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