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H.E. the President Departs for the United States
09/06/11

His Excellency the President, Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama departed last night (06/06/11) for Washington D.C., USA, where he will receive the prestigious Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Award at the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF) 2011 U.S. Congressional Member Dinner.

The Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Award recognizes "innovative leadership in the field of conservation by a government leader."

Recent awardees include UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Prince Albert II of Monaco, and U.S. Senator Rob Portman.

The annual U.S. Congressional Member Dinner brings together members of the ICCF supported U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucus, whose membership includes over 1/3 of the U.S. House of Representatives and 1/5 of the Senate.

The ICCF is described as the world's leading association of public bodies, private corporations and NGOs with a shared interest in international conservation efforts.

In its efforts ICCF works with the U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucus and the incumbent Administration in its American lobbying efforts.

ICCF global partners further include key global opinion makers and political and business leaders working for the promotion of sound, long-term policies of sustainable land, water and biodiversity management.

Among the major international conservations organizations belonging to the ICCF are the African Wildlife Foundation, the Nature Conservancy, National Geographic, the Wildlife Conservation Society, Rainforest Alliance, Conservation International and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), as well as the United Nations Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

ICCF Corporate Council members include the Abott Fund, Areva, 3M, Coca-Cola, Exxon Mobile, GEF, Hertz, Honeywell, HP, Kraft, Nestle, J.P. Morgan Chase, Starbucks, Toyota, Tudor Investments, Unileaver, Volkswagen and Walmart.

Additional USA Visit Details

While in Washington His Excellency the President is also expected to hold further discussions with members of the American Executive branch and Congressional leadership. 

His Excellency will also travel to New York City, where he will attend the 2011 Board Meeting of Conservation International.

Conservation International is a non-profit organization that seeks to empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature for the well-being of humanity. Its Board of Directors, to which HE the President has been a member for over a decade, meets annually to carry out the mandate of the organization. 

The President is also expected to undertake a number of additional engagements with media and important stakeholders, while in the USA.

H.H. the Vice President, Lt. Gen. Mompati Merafhe, is Acting President.

His Excellency is expected to return on the Saturday the 11th of June 2011.


 

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