Live World AIDS Day Broadcast:  Today, to commemorate World AIDS Day, President Obama will speak at an event hosted by the ONE Campaign and (RED), joining former President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, President of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete, Bono and Alicia Keys and others who have been so critical in the worldwide fight against AIDS. Watch Live Now!

Secretary Clinton Names Ellen DeGeneres as Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness

"I’m honored to have been chosen by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as Special Envoy for Global AIDS awareness. The fight against AIDS is something that has always been close to my heart. And I’m happy that I can use my platform to educate people and spread hope. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go look up what “envoy” means," said talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

Join the conversation with Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, and Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation, on “Bridging Divides: Youth, Peace, and Reconciliation,” on LIVE NOW at www.state.gov.

Join the conversation with Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, and Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation, on “Bridging Divides: Youth, Peace, and Reconciliation,” on LIVE NOW at www.state.gov.

Forest Whitaker’s speech at the UNESCO Youth Forum. Text

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Join a Discussion on Bridging Divides: Youth, Peace, and Reconciliation

Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs, will hold a conversation with Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation, on

On Wednesday, October 26, 2011, Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, will hold a conversation with Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation, on “Bridging Divides: Youth, Peace, and Reconciliation.” The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, and streamed live on DipNote, the Department of State’s official blog, at 2:00 p.m. (EDT).

You are invited to participate by submitting questions, some of which will be selected for response during the live broadcast. Submit your questions below in the comments section of this entry.

Actor Forest Whitaker is best known for his roles in films ranging from Fast Times at Ridgemont High to Bird. Whitaker won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan leader Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland. He spearheaded the documentaries Better Angels, a film about Ugandan child soldiers, as well as Common Destiny about the power of education in promoting peace and reconciliation between communities. Mr. Whitaker’s humanitarian and artistic work earned him the UNESCO designation of Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation.

Through “Conversations With America,” leaders of national nongovernmental organizations have the opportunity to discuss foreign policy and global issues with senior State Department officials. These conversations aim to provide candid views of the ways in which leaders from the foreign affairs community are engaging the Department on pressing foreign policy issues.

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