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University of Arizona conference to address global initiatives, executive orders

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PHOENIX —  An Arizona university will host a group of scientists and policy experts to discuss the results of a handful of recent actions taken by President Donald Trump.

The University of Arizona will hold the Science Diplomacy and Policy With Focus on the Americas conference, a news release reported Tuesday.

The conference will discuss the “Trump administration’s recent immigration order and statements giving short shrift to scientific evidence relevant to global policy issues, such as climate change.”

The participants are set to include former science and technology advisers E. William Colglazier and Norman Neureiter, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Thomas R. Pickering and Nobel laureate Peter Agre.

Many of the participants expressed concern with Trump’s vow to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and want to “work on global initiatives around climate change, water in the Americas and the United Nations’ sustainable-development goals.”

Other participants said they want to address  “isolationist policies, such as the executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries,” which they say could hurt the U.S.’s international reputation as a destination for science’s top minds.

The conference will start Feb. 22 until Feb. 24 at the Tucson Marriott University Park at 880 E. 2nd St. The events on Thursday and Friday will be open to the public for a registration fee.

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