November 30, 2001

USD To Host U.S. — Mexico Rotary Peace Program

Mexican Border Coordinator, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico & Other Dignitaries to Attend

Top officials from Mexico and the United States, including Mexico's Coordinator for U.S. Border Issues Ernesto Ruffo Appel and U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Jeffrey Davidow, will speak at a Rotary Peace Program at the University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Dec. 7 and 8.

"Community-Building for Peace and Justice: Dos Países, Una Comunidad" will focus on education, water, border and mediation issues. The Rotary program is part of a week-long series of events and conferences to dedicate the Institute for Peace and Justice.

Other officials expected to attend include Mexico's newly appointed Director of the State Water Commission of Baja California Leonel Vizcarra; California Secretary for Resources Mary Nichols; Mexico's Under Secretary of Education Lorenzo Gómez-Morin; San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Greg Cox; San Diego Unified School District Supt. Alan Bersin; and Francisco Molina, representative for EMETEC/Proxima Gas, S.A. de C.V.

"The efforts of U.S. President George W. Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox promise a new level of cooperation between our two nations," said Stephen R. Brown, the Program's co-chair and a past Rotary District Governor. "We want to continue to nurture about this dialogue in areas including education, culture, commerce and the environment that can bring about a prosperous, peaceful future for this region of the Californias."

Rotarians from both sides of the U.S. - Mexican border, government officials, educators and other citizens are expected to attend the conference. A full schedule of events and participants is attached. The media is invited to cover the program.

For more information about the Peace Program, including registration, please call Juanita Meyer at 619-260-2275.

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