USAID Administrator Shah to moderate panel on disaster relief with ASEAN defense ministers in Hawaii

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hosts ministerial with focus on enhancing the effectiveness of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in Asia

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
USAID Press Office
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WASHINGTON, D.C.  – On April 2, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah, at the request of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, will help to kick-off the first-ever U.S.-hosted meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) defense ministers in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ten defense ministers from the ASEAN nations will be in attendance. Officials from the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will also participate.

During the two-day ministerial, Secretary Hagel and Dr. Shah will address the U.S. government’s holistic approach to anticipating extreme weather events and ongoing efforts to respond more efficiently and effectively to climate-related emergencies. Dr. Shah will moderate a panel discussion with Secretary Hagel, the 10 ASEAN defense ministers, and experts from non-governmental organizations on the topic of disaster preparedness and relief. 


Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah

WHAT:   U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
9:30 a.m. HST
Opening Remarks by Secretary Hagel and Administrator Shah (photo spray opportunity)


NOAA Inouye Regional Center
Ford Island

Meet-up Location:
The Navy Mall
4725 Bougainville Drive
Building No 631
Honolulu, HI 96818

Media registration for this event is closed.

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