SAUDI ARABIA SLATES PR TO WIN U.N. NOD
Saudi Arabia’s New York-based United Nations Mission is expected to kick off a PR program this month aimed at getting the Kingdom a seat on the Security Council for the two-year term beginning Jan. 2014. The vote is slated for October 2013.
The communications thrust will educate the U.N. community and general public about Saudi Arabia's contributions made to the world body. The Mission seeks recognition that the election is “timely and well-deserved,” according to an RFP circulated by the Mission.
Key outreach will go to the Asian regional group, of which Saudi Arabia is a member. That grouping must officially endorse the Kingdom's candidature.
Barry Cotton, special advisor to the Saudi ambassador, was not reached for comment. Qorvis Communications handles the Saudi Embassy in D.C.
U.S. CHAMBER’S MILLER TO BRUNSWICK
William Miller, who directed politics for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is leaving after 12 years for a partner post at Brunswick Group in the capital.
Miller, a frequent spokesman for the business sector’s top lobbying group who headed its grassroots,
political and election efforts, exits as senior VP for political affairs and federal relations. He also led lobbying and legislative efforts for the influential Chamber and is slated to join Brunswick on Oct. 24.
Michele Davis, the Brunswick partner and former Treasury Dept. PA chief, called Miller “a seasoned and trusted advocate for and ally of Fortune 500 companies.”
Miller joined the chamber after serving as chief of staff to former Rep. Connie Morella (R-Md.).
JONES PRESCRIBES PR FOR NIH UNIT
Jones Public Affairs picked up a multiyear contract with the National Institutes for Health worth up to $1.7M over five years, following an RFP process.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the federal agency for "unconventional" medicine like acupuncture and herbal/botanical remedies, solicited bids in July for the work, which was previously handled by Maryland-based Graves Fowler.
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