Global Challenges: Science Diplomacy and Policy with Focus on the Americas

There has never been a more urgent time to engage in the field of science diplomacy. This event, held on February 22-24, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona brought together former U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Nobel laureate Peter Agre and other diplomats and scientists to discuss the role of science diplomacy for developing environmental policies in the Americas and beyond. Science diplomacy and policy can be mobilized to inform policy decisions as well as to support national and international collaborations that advance knowledge in fields such as climate, medicine, space, and the environment.  International science cooperation will need to receive an even greater emphasis by government agencies, universities and non-governmental organizations to spur progress on many global issues. This conference focused on several key topics to provide a vision for the future with obstacles and opportunities identified. This two-day seminar was held in Tucson, Arizona near the University of Arizona campus. The meeting opened on the evening of Wednesday February 22 with a broad discussion of general public interest on the role of various entities in science diplomacy by Dr. Peter Agre, Nobel Laureate, and Ambassador Thomas Pickering, former US ambassador to the UN. The first conference day emphasized science diplomacy and policy with a focus on its value in achieving the United Nations sustainable development goals. The second day focused on its application to water-climate change issues with an emphasis on Latin America. Special thanks to our organizing committee and the honorary chairman, E. William Colglazier, fourth Science and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State,in bringing together an eminent group of experts with lifetimes of experience for this singular event.