Hillary Rodham ClintonWASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — On Thursday, January 31, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will celebrate the global impact of public-private partnerships created under her tenure and launch four new initiatives valued at up to $86.5 million, at the U.S. Department of State. These new initiatives include: efforts to advance women’s clean energy entrepreneurship; a global partnership to promote affordable Internet access in poor communities; a new commitment to the Global Equality Fund which aims to protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons worldwide; and new investments in the clean cookstoves sector.

Secretary Clinton will be joined by Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer and the Special Representative for Global Partnerships Kris Balderston. Wanjira Mathai, daughter of Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai and board member of the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies, will deliver remarks.

Since 2009, the Secretary has worked to strengthen and deepen U.S. diplomacy and development around the world by fostering partnerships between the Department of State and the private sector. Such partnerships have leveraged the creativity, innovation, and core business resources of private partners for greater impact on global issues. To date, the Department has worked with over 1,100 partners and mobilized more than $650 million in public and private resources to support key foreign policy objectives including climate change mitigation, women’s empowerment, economic growth, and human rights.

The event will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the Department of State and will be open press.

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