The UN and Human Rights in 2019
It was another successful UN Month at UNA-NCA; Read event coverage here!

Please join us for our Human Rights Awards Reception on December 10th. 

Every October, UNA-NCA commemorates the anniversary of the United Nations with special programming on relevant topics and engaging high-level speakers. "The UN and Human Rights in 2019" wi
ll serve to provide an overview of the main current actions, challenges, and opportunities before the United Nations in the field of human rights, as well as to foster engaging dialogue. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Andrew Gilmour, will provide keynote remarks, and then be joined in discussion by Ambassador Keith Harper and Ambassador Sarah Mendelson to link the global and local dimensions of key human rights challenges.

View The Press Release Here

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors!


Monday, October 28, 2019
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. 
Program at 7:00 p.m.

Where: ​
Rayburn House Office Building
Gold Room
45 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, D.C. 20515

Keynote Speaker:
Andrew Gilmour
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights

Ambassador (ret.) Keith Harper
Former U.S. Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council

Ambassador Sarah Mendelson
Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy and Head of Heinz College in Washington, D.C.

$25 for Students and Young Professionals
$40 for Members
$50 for Non-Members

$70 UN Month 2019 Pass (Member); Member registration for both UN Month 2019 Events including "Our Planet. Our Future" and "The UN and Human Rights in 2019".
$90 UN Month 2019 Pass (Non-Member); Non-Member registration for both UN Month 2019 Events including "Our Planet. Our Future" and "The UN and Human Rights in 2019".

*Reception begins at 5:30pm and includes hors d'oeuvres and cocktails 

If you are interested in individual or corporate sponsorship, click here.

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Delta Phi Epsilon Annual Symposium
Join the Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Affairs Council for its inaugural Symposium, a day-long conference on international politics, security, and trade. This year’s theme, “Assessing Shifts in the International Order” will explore the impact of revisionist powers, non-state actors, and technology on global and domestic affairs alike. Panel and debate topics include the future of American global leadership; cryptocurrency in the international financial system; the future of international institutions; and countering terrorism and violent extremism.

Where: Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street NW, Washington DC

When: April 6, 2018

Cost: Varies. Registration required.

Learn More and Register Here
2019 Human Rights Awards


Each year, UNA-NCA commemorates the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a celebratory event. 

In honor of the 71st anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNA-NCA will recognize individuals and organizations working to improve human rights in their communities and around the world.

Register Here

All ticket sales will close at 11:59 pm on 12/6

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
Reception at 5:15 pm
Program runs from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

National Education Association, 1201 16th St. NW, Washington DC, 20036

The 2019 Honorees are:

The Inaugural UNA-NCA Global Human Rights Leadership Award
The Honorable Michelle Bachelet*
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
*This award will be presented in High Commissioner Bachelet's honor

Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award 
Professor Katherine Marshall
Executive Director, World Faiths Development Dialogue

 F. Allen "Tex" Harris Human Rights Diplomacy Award
Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook
Former U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom 

Perdita Huston Human Rights Award 
The Honorable Vivian Lowery Derryck
Founder and President Emerita, The Bridges Institute; UNA-NCA Advisory Council

UNA-NCA Community Human Rights Award
World Central Kitchen


Member*: $70
Non-Member**: $90 

Register Here
All ticket sales will close at 11:59 pm on 12/6

Students, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  from your .edu email address to receive $20 off your ticket price!

*Students under the age of 26 are eligible for free UNA-NCA membership
**Non-member tickets include 1 year of UNA-NCA membership

Contact our Executive Director, Paula Boland, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with any questions about sponsorship.
UNA-NCA Advocacy

What We Do
The overarching goal of our advocacy efforts is to fulfill our mission to “increase public understanding and support of the United Nations, encourage constructive US leadership in strengthening the United Nations, and prepare present and future leaders to work for a better world, both globally and locally."

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) collaborates with its parent organization, UNA-USA, as well as the Better World Campaign, in providing materials and opportunities to advocate our Members of Congress and their staffs on Capitol Hill. Our members engage in advocacy in a number of ways including through digital advocacy, opinion editorials posted on our blog and sent to members through our weekly newsletter, visits with staff and Members on Capitol Hill, phone calls, direct mail and email campaigns, and more. Members of UNA-NCA have access to advocacy resources including trainings and information on various UN-related issues.

Core Issues
UNA-NCA advocates for and informs our congressional representatives on on critical issues which fall into a number of categories, including U.S.-UN Partnership, Peace and Security, Human Rights, the Economy, and Climate/Environment. Check each category often, as we will add new materials and resources throughout the year.

Click each button to learn more.
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Coming soon...
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Partner Actions
Online Actions from the Better World Campaign and UNA-USA.
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Stay tuned!


Become a member of UNA-NCA today and join the Advocacy Committee!


Careers in the United Nations
Have you ever thought about working for the United Nations or one of its agencies?  In partnership with The Fund For American Studies, UNA-NCA is proud to present a panel discussion on Careers in the United Nations.  The panel will feature speakers from two different UN Agencies and the UN Assocaiton of the USA sharing their experience and insider's perspective of not only working for the United Nations, but also working towards the UN goals from the grassroots.

Wednesday, June 26 from 6:30 to 8:00pm (Doors at 6:30pm, program begins at 7:00pm)
Where: The Fund for American Studies (1706 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009).
Cost: Free for members and students*; $5 for non-members

*Students, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it from your .edu email for the discount code. 

Panel Featuring:

Sultana Ali (moderator), UNA-NCA Vice President for Communications
Sarah Jackson-Han, UN Development Programme

Liz Lizama, International Organization for Migration

Marco Sanchez, UN Association of the USA

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