The complicated world we live in is illuminated a bit more every week at the North County Chapter’s Thursday Morning Forum in Rancho Bernardo. Forums begin at 9:30 a.m. with a coffee social and registration, followed at 10 a.m. with a one-hour program and one hour of polite, but freewheeling, Q&A.

Unless otherwise indicated, North County Chapter Thursday Morning Forums are held at The Remington Club, Phase II, 16916 Hierba Drive, Rancho Bernardo. Free parking is available at the adjacent shopping center.


March 2, 2017: Panel Discussion on “Climate Change, National Security, the Paris Agreement of the UNFCCC, and Mexico.”  Reno L. Harnish III, SDWAC Program Committee Chairman, former U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan and former Director of the Center for Environmental and National Security at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, addresses the national security impacts of climate change and the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Ambassador Harnish served in the Department of State as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment, Science and Health.

Following Ambassador Harnish’s talk, Jeremy M. Martin, Vice President, Energy & Sustainability at the Institute of the Americas at UC San Diego, speaks on the example of Mexico in the multinational effort to conform to the Paris Agreement and fight climate change.

An NCC Program Committee meeting will follow the forum at 12:10 p.m. All members are welcome to attend.

9:30 a.m. Coffee Social

10:00 a.m. Free Program

11:10 a.m. Question & Answer

 


March 9, 2017:  There will be no Forum today as The Remington Club needs the space for corporate meetings.

 


March 16, 2017:  “Global Efforts to Combat MRSA: No Good Drugs for the Bad Bugs.” Marilyn Bruno, retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer,  explains how decades of overprescription and overuse of antibacterial products and antibiotics have resulted in antibiotic-resistant superbugs that are impossible to kill. MRSA refers to Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an infection that is caused by a type of staph bacteria that’s become resistant to many of the antibiotics. Over 700,000 people are already dying every year of bacterial infections and diseases that have no cure. This number is projected to reach 10 million lives a year by 2050, costing global economies over $100 trillion per year. The UN has called for the countries of the world to collaborate to monitor outbreaks and restrict the use of antibiotics. This may have backfired, as fewer drug companies are investing in the costly research to find new remedies. Member reservations for  a roundtable lunch following the presentation may be made by contacting Phyllis Murchland at pmurchland@san.rr.com.

9:30 a.m. Coffee Social

10:00 a.m. Free Program

11:10 a.m. Question & Answer

 


March 23, 2017:  “Peacebuilding Success and Failure:  What can we learn from Colombia and South Sudan?” Andrew Blum, Ph.D., Director  of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego, discusses the lessons of Columbia, where a peace accord ended a 50-year conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC), and wartorn South Sudan, the world’s newest state, where hopes have been dashed that independence would bring an end to a half century of conflict. Dr. Blum, who worked closely on both these conflicts while at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington D.C.,  will discuss what these lessons mean for a world where violence is on the rise. Member reservations for a roundtable lunch following the presentation may be made by contacting Phyllis Murchland at pmurchland@san.rr.com.

9:30 a.m. Coffee Social

10:00 a.m. Free Program

11:10 a.m. Question & Answer

 


March 30, 2017:  “Essential Role of a Visionary CEO for an International Company.” Jack Bowsher, former NCC Board Member and retired corporate executive at IBM,  will use two case studies (IBM and Accenture) to illustrate how international companies develop worldwide markets that provide thousands of good-paying American jobs.

9:30 a.m. Coffee Social

10:00 a.m. Free Program

11:10 a.m. Question & Answer


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Upcoming events of the San Diego World Affairs Council and the North County Chapter can be seen on www.sdwac.org.