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AAD Sisco Memorial Forum Preserving Life: Climate Change, Water and Diplomacy

The American Academy of Diplomacy, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, hosted its annual Joseph J. Sisco Memorial Forum via livestream at 6 p.m. EDT on Sept. 9, 2021. The evening featured a keynote by Ambassador Catherine Novelli, senior advisor at Shearwater Global and president of Listening for America. Ambassador Ronald Neumann, president of the AAD and former U.S. ambassador to Algeria, Bahrain and Afghanistan, and Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, vice provost for global affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill, provided a joint welcome.

A panel discussion followed Ambassador Catherine Novelli’s keynote and was moderated by UNC vice provost for global affairs, Ambassador Barbara Stephenson.

Panelists included:

  • Brian Atwood, former administrator of USAID and former under secretary of state for management;
  • Ambassador Kenneth Brill, former acting assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, and former U.S. ambassador to Cyprus, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the U.N. Office in Vienna and acting ambassador to India; and
  • Aaron Salzberg, director of the Water Institute, Don and Jennifer Holzworth Distinguished Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and formerly the first special coordinator for water at the U.S. Department of State.