10:00 – Opening Remarks by the NATO Secretary General preceeded by Ambassador Ivo Daalder, United States Permanent Representative to NATO.
The Governor of Illinois, Mr. Patrick Joseph Quinn, the spouse of the Mayor of Chicago, Ms. Amy Rule, the President & CEO of the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau, Mr. Don Welch, and the Executive Director of the Chicago NATO Host committee, Ms. Lori Healey, will also deliver remarks.
Video and still images of the opening ceremony will be available on the NATO website after the event.
Accreditation and accessJournalists holding a 2012 NATO media pass will have access to NATO HQ on presentation of the 2012 NATO permanent media pass.
Media representatives not in possession of a 2012 NATO media pass and wishing to attend the event are invited to request accreditation directly at the NATO HQ main entrance, on 22 March, starting from 09h00.
They will have to present an ID and a valid press card (provided by a recognised national professional body of a NATO country – i.e. Government, Professional association, ….).
Those media representatives not having a valid press card (as listed previously) are invited to send a signed letter from their editor to NATO Press and Media Service, not later than Wednesday 21st March - 18h00 (fax +32.2707.1399; email: email@example.com ).
The Secretary General's schedule is subject to change. For further information, please contact the NATO Press and Media Service in Brussels, Tel: (32) 2 707.50.41, fax: (32) 2 707.50.57