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  • Peter Pham as Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa

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    Peter Pham as Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa

    Peter Pham as Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa

    Washington, DC - - (November 9, 2018) - - Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert issued the following statement:

    Secretary Pompeo is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. J. Peter Pham to serve as the United States Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Dr. Pham will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of U.S. policy on the cross-border security, political, and economic issues in the Great Lakes region, with an emphasis on strengthening democratic institutions and civil society, as well as the safe and voluntary return of the region’s refugees and internally displaced persons.

    Dr. Pham serves as Vice President and Director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council. He brings to the Department vast Africa experience as the former vice president of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) and editor-in-chief of its quarterly Journal of the Middle East and Africa; an associate professor of Africana studies at James Madison University, where he was director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; and on the Senior Advisory Group of the U.S. Africa Command.

    Dr. Pham will assume the work previously undertaken by Senior Coordinator for the Great Lakes, Ambassador Larry Wohlers. U.S. ambassadors to the countries of the Great Lakes region remain charged with the conduct of bilateral relations. Dr. Pham will work in close coordination with the Assistant Secretary for African Affairs and our ambassadors in the region to further the Department’s work toward lasting peace, stability, and economic prosperity in the Great Lakes region.

    Credit: U.S. Department of State
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  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Host Public Engagement Sessions across Great Lakes Basin

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Host Public Engagement Sessions across Great Lakes Basin

    News from Region 05

    Chicago, IL - - (June 1, 2018) - - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a series of public engagement sessions this summer to update the public on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and to seek their input on future priorities. The first engagement session will be held on June 13 in Toledo, followed by sessions in Rochester, Duluth, Milwaukee, Saginaw, and Chicago.

    EPA and its federal partners are in the process of developing Action Plan III, which will outline priorities and goals for the GLRI for 2020-2024. Action Plan III will identify five focus areas for environmental progress:
    • Toxic substances and areas of concern
    • Invasive species
    • Nonpoint source pollution impacts on nearshore health
    • Habitat and species
    • Future restoration actions

    The proposed plan is expected to be available for formal public comment this fall.

    The schedule of public engagement sessions is:

    Wednesday, June 13, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
    University of Toledo Law Auditorium
    1825 W. Rocket Drive
    Toledo, Ohio

    Thursday, June 21, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
    Roger Robach Community Center
    180 Beach Ave
    Rochester, N.Y.

    Thursday, July 12, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
    EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division
    6201 Congdon Boulevard
    Duluth, Minn.

    Wednesday, July 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Zelazo Center
    2419 E. Kenwood Blvd
    Milwaukee, Wis.

    Tuesday, July 24, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
    Saginaw Valley University Curtiss Hall
    7400 Bay Road
    Saginaw, Mich.

    Tuesday, August 7, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
    EPA Region 5
    Lake Michigan Room – 12th floor
    77 West Jackson Blvd.
    Chicago, Ill.

    For more information on GLRI and Action Plan III, visit:

    Courtesy: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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