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Notice to the Press
December 19, 2000

Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright Address to the Press on Budget
and Corporate Citizen Initiative on Security and Human Rights

On Wednesday, December 20, Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright will address the press on State Department budget issues and on the development of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. The briefing will take place in the State Department Press Briefing Room (Room 2118) on Wednesday, December 20 at 11:30 a.m. Following opening remarks, Secretary Albright will respond to questions from the press. Assistant Secretaries of State E. Anthony Wayne (Economic and Business Affairs), Harold Hongju Koh (Democracy, Human Rights and Labor), and David G. Carpenter (Diplomatic Security) will also deliver brief remarks on the Voluntary Principles and answer any further questions from the press on this issue.

Over the past year, representatives from the State Department and British Foreign Office met with oil, mining and energy companies, together with human rights and corporate responsibility groups and others, to develop a set of Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. These Principles are designed to provide practical guidance that will strengthen human rights safeguards in company security arrangements in the extractive sector. They are the basis of a global standard for the extractive sector and address areas of mutual concern to both companies and NGOs. The Principles are the first set of guidelines of this type for the oil, mining and energy sector.

A limited number of copies of a joint US-UK statement that lists the participating oil, energy and mining companies, human rights and corporate responsibility groups and other participants will be available on an embargoed basis in the Press Office (Room 2109) Wednesday morning. Embargoed copies of the Voluntary Principles will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Copies must be picked up in person at the Press Office, Room 2115 at 9:00 a.m. on December 20. The documents will not be faxed, mailed or e-mailed.
  • Couriers sent to obtain a copy must have media identification to be admitted into the State Department via the 23rd Street entrance. Copies will not be delivered to couriers at building entrances.
  • The Statement and Voluntary Principles are EMBARGOED until the conclusion of the Department's ON-THE-RECORD briefing, approximately 12:30 p.m.

Following the December 20 briefing, the Bureau of Public Affairs will place the full text of the Voluntary Principles on the World Wide Web at http://1997-2001.state.gov/global/human_rights/001220_fsdrl_principles.html.

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