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2021 AAD Sisco Memorial Forum • Preserving Life: Climate Change, Water and Diplomacy

September 9, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The forum, “Preserving Life: Climate Change, Water and Diplomacy,” will examine large-scale diplomatic approaches to climate and water issues. 

The evening will feature a keynote by Ambassador Catherine Novelli, senior advisor at Shearwater Global and president of Listening for America. Novelli’s former leadership roles include under secretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment; assistant U.S. trade representative; and vice president for worldwide government affairs at Apple. 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, will provide a joint welcome.

A panel discussion will follow Ambassador Catherine Novelli’s keynote, moderated by Ambassador Barbara Stephenson. Panelists will include:

•   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.

The forum will take place in person at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center. To attend in person, please register in advance.  

The event will also be live-streamed and recorded via Zoom. Please register in advance to receive a Zoom link. 

The Academy is an independent, non-profit association of over 300 former senior U.S. ambassadors and high-level government officials who have served with distinction in international affairs. The Academy’s mission is to strengthen American diplomacy through outreach programs, awards, podcasts, research and public discussions, like the Joseph J. Sisco Memorial Forum. 

This programming is organized by the AAD and the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill. This event is presented with generous support from the Sisco Family Charitable Fund.


September 9, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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