Pre-5th Summit of the Americas: Clinton's Town Hall- Stream Live
This article is the first of a two-part series that previews the role of the United States in the Fifth Summit of the Americas. It is a regional meeting of all 34 elected leaders of the nations of the Western Hemisphere to be held from Apr. 17-19, in Trinidad and Tobago. View photos of the 34 Heads of State who will attend the Summit.
The United States is approaching the Fifth Summit of the Americas in a two-pronged diplomacy, Mr. Obama travels to Mexico in his first visit as President, while Secretary of State Clinton is laying the groundwork by visiting Haiti and conducting her Town Hall in the Dominican Republic before joining President Obama in Trinidad and Tobago for the Summit.
On Apr. 16 afternoon, US President Barack Obama landed in Mexico, where he met with Mexico President Felipe Calderon in anticipation of the Summit of the Americas.
In the meantime, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has concluded her visit to Haiti before traveling to Santo Domingo. According the State Department, Dipnote, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to conduct a live web-based discussion from the Dominican Republic on Friday, Apr. 17 at 11:15 AM EST with citizens across the Western Hemisphere.
The 5th Summit Digital Town Hall is the Secretary's fourth segment in a series of discussion, which focus on Securing our Citizens Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability.
The State Department has its Social Media Hub dedicated to the Summit, which will host 34 democratically elected leaders from the Western hemisphere. The 5th Summit of the Americas Digital Town Hall Hub is in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Citizens across the Western Hemisphere are encouraged to participate and join the conversation with the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Citizens will have the opportunity to communicate and listen to one another across various borders.
Citizens are welcome to text the Secretary their questions from the United States: 90822 - Outside of the United States: 202-255-6299
The Digital Town Hall of the Americas will be streamed live on the Department of State’s Social Media Hub for the Fifth Summit of Americas, powered by Howcast.
Content will also be featured on Ustream, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Twitter, Orkut, and Hi-5. Secretary Clinton will answer questions submitted through these sites prior to the event as well as from the local Dominican audience in attendance.
Interaction will be facilitated through web chats, discussion forums, and the ability for visitors to upload their own videos and guides.
In addition, the Social Media Hub will feature on-location interviews with world leaders and Summit participants throughout the event.
The Social Media Hub features educational videos on the following topics: “What is the Summit of the Americas?” “How do I benefit from the Summit of the Americas?” “How are we connected in the Americas?” And, “How can I participate in meeting the Summit of the Americas goals?”
The Social Media Hub will continue as an information resource after the Summit, providing community forums on topics of interest for the hemisphere and serving as a repository for all documents related to the United States Summit participation.
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