Secretary's Office of Religion and Global Affairs to Host First Religion and Diplomacy Conference (#RaDCon)
Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
September 23, 2016
The Secretary’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of State will host its first Religion and Diplomacy Conference (#RaDCon) from September 26-27. The conference, part of the Secretary’s Open Forum, will showcase the approach and methodology in engaging religious actors and assessing religious dynamics as a part of U.S. foreign policy. It will also underscore that the more broadly the State Department understands issues related to religion and global affairs, the more effective U.S. diplomacy will be in advancing key policy interests.
The first day of the conference will be held in the George C. Marshall Conference Center at the U.S. Department of State. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough will offer keynote remarks to open the #RaDCon conference.
The event will begin at 8:45 a.m., and Chief of Staff McDonough will deliver opening keynote remarks at approximately 9:00 a.m.; these will be the only remarks open for press coverage on September 26.
Pre-set time for cameras: 8:00 a.m. from the 21st Street entrance.
Final access time for writers and still photographers: 8:15 a.m. from the 21st Street entrance.
Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of the following:
- A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center) and
- A media-issued photo identification card, or
- A letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).
To register, please contact 202-485-1599 or LeslieRD@state.gov. For updates, follow the Office of Religion and Global Affairs on Facebook at www.facebook.com/USDOSrga/ or on Twitter @SpecialRepCasey, @SpecialRepMC, @SEASForman, and @Arsalan_Suleman.