01.31.14

Whitehouse Traveling to Munich Security Conference

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is joining U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) to lead a congressional delegation to Munich, Germany this weekend to participate in the 50th annual Munich Security Conference.  Whitehouse is the senior Democrat in the delegation and McCain is the senior Republican. 

“I’m honored to join Senator McCain and so many other colleagues at this prestigious event,” said Whitehouse.  “The conference features many of the world’s leading experts on a range of issues from defense and foreign policy to cybersecurity and climate change.  I look forward to taking part in the weekend’s activities and to hearing from so many leading thinkers.”

The conference was founded in 1963 by Ewald von Kleist, a prominent German publisher.  Over the years it has attracted a number of prominent world leaders, including Vice President Joe Biden and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.  This year’s 50th anniversary conference will feature another impressive list of dignitaries, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

While at the conference, Whitehouse will participate in a panel discussion on Energy and Climate Security.  Joining Whitehouse on the panel will be Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Energy for the European Union; Anshu Jain, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank AG in Frankfurt, Germany; Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance for the Federal Republic of Nigeria.  The panel will be moderated by Dr. Daniel Yergin, Executive Vice President and Chairman for IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates in Washington, DC.

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