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We want to thank you for your continued support and active engagement in 2018. We are fortunate to have a small dedicated staff, committed leaders and members such us yourselves. All we do truly represents a team effort and we are very grateful.

We hope you enjoyed a peaceful holiday season with your loved ones. In many respects 2017 has been a challenging year for the international community. However, people have continued to support the UN globally and locally. The UN’s role as a platform for peace and progress is needed now perhaps as much as ever. That is why UNA-NCA continues its mission to educate and mobilize Americans for a strong US-UN partnership through its many programs and engagement opportunities. 

Look forward to the following events in 2018:
 
Renewing UNA-NCA’s commitment to US engagement with the UN for long term Peacebuilding, Development, and Human Rights
By UNA-NCA President Stephen F. Moseley

Dear colleagues and friends of UNA-NCA,

As the 2018 New Year begins, I am hopeful that our work together will be able to improve the tenor of the debates in politics surrounding the US engagement with, and support for the United Nations. In my 50 some years of adult lifetime work US engagement at the governmental and NGO levels, our connections across the world have undergone many radical changes in purpose and mission. Throughout most of these years, under both Republican and Democratic leaders, the US government along with the majority of our citizens have maintained a commitment to contribute to improving people’s lives and opportunity for positive social and economic development. Importantly, even when we have had sharp political differences with a particular country, the US has been relatively generous with both treasure and talent, with a view that working together across borders and exchanging ideas across cultures has both a near term and long term mutual benefit. These benefits include national and individual opportunity, peacebuilding, poverty alleviation, and the effect of fostering US values of human rights and dignity for all.

At a minimum, the US has been steadfast in generous support of humanitarian relief efforts, including famine relief even in North Korea in the 1990’s.  Whenever US engagement is not planned and measured for mutual human benefit, the resulting interactions often cause conflict or outright warfare and build new barriers between people, cultures and nations which can take decades to overcome. As a rich country, our economic and social investments around the world in education, health, entrepreneurship, training, encouragement of democratic ideals, attempts at peacebuilding and peacekeeping have been usually well received. This is especially true when these actions have been planned and conducted in a full partnership with the people of the country, and in concert with other donor governments and agencies with common and collaborative agendas. 
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Coverage of Fall into Sustainability: An Evening with UNA-NCA & Green Drinks DC
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By Kathie Bolognese, Member, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee


The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area along with its Sustainable Development Committee in collaboration with Green Drinks DC held their first joint networking social on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at Barcode in Washington, DC. Despite the rainy weather, there was an amazing turnout of over 80 environmentally-minded professionals from the government, business, and non government sectors who gathered for an evening of fun and conversation walking away with many new personal and professional contacts.

Mr. Spencer Schecht, Co-Organizer of Green Drinks DC and Mr. Patrick Realiza, Chair of the UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee both welcomed the guests, briefly spoke about their respective organizations and encouraged attendees to help raise awareness and take collective local action on relevant environmental issues.

Social networking events like “Fall into Sustainability” continue to support UNA-NCA’s relationship building objectives and activities to help raise public awareness of its mission in developing and fostering strong US-UN partnership, both globally and locally. Looking ahead into 2018, the Sustainable Development Committee aims to continue to bring together more local green leaders to further bridge the environmental community. Interested potential members are encouraged to contact Mr. Realiza at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to join or become involved in the planning process.

 
Support UNA-NCA Through The World Bank Community Connections Campaign

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This year’s World Bank Community Connections Campaign (CCC) will run from November 1 - December 31, 2017. Both current staff/consultants and retirees can make contributions through the CCC. If 55% of World Bank Group staff participates, all gifts though the CCC will be matched by the World Bank Group.

You can find UNA-NCA in the list of eligible groups for this year’s CCC here. We would be so grateful if you would include UNA-NCA among those organizations you decide to support. We thank those again who have contributed in previous years.

Please share this with friends and colleagues that have or had an affiliation with the World Bank.

Retirees must complete their pledges via personal check. Once you have completed your pledge form, please mail a check payable to “World Bank Community Connections Fund.” The check must be post-dated by December 31, 2017 and received by January 13, 2018 at 3301 Pennsy Drive, Landover, MD 20785 to the attention of Caitlin Berczik MSN MC 9-912.

Tank you very much for supporting the FY18 Community Connections Campaign!

Complete your pledge form here

 
Human Rights Awards 2017
On Thursday, December 7th, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) hosted its annual Human Rights Awards Reception at the National Education Association (NEA). This event correlated with the 69th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Human Rights Day, celebrated on December 10th.

Awards were presented to Ambassador Keith Harper (ret.), former US Ambassador to the Human Rights Council in Geneva; His Excellency Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Nancy Rivard, Founder and President of Airline Ambassadors International; and Bread for the City, whose award was accepted by CEO George A. Jones.
 
Click the banner image below to view the complete coverage of the evening.

Human rights Awards Reception

Click here to view photos from the event!

Download the full program booklet here. 
 
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