Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
July 2, 2012
On Thursday, July 5 at 8:30 am, Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, Chief of Protocol of the United States, will convene the inaugural Global Chiefs of Protocol Conference at the Department of State. For the first time, nearly 100 representatives from nations and organizations on five continents will gather to exchange knowledge and ideas, evaluate and enhance their craft, and strengthen the role of protocol in diplomacy.
Since the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, protocol has played an integral role in modern times in building and maintaining strong bilateral and multilateral diplomatic relationships. This gathering is a unique opportunity to strengthen international practices and make progress toward the goal of greater cultural understanding.