The Future of Multilateral Peacebuilding
A Conversation with U.N. Undersecretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo

In an era of rapid technological change and fraying traditional alliances, the international order that has overseen one of the most peaceful periods in human history is facing unprecedented challenges. While member states grapple with the utility and relevance of the United Nations in the 21st century, global fragility, conflict, and violence continue to escalate—exacting an enormous human toll. The imperative for collective global action to resolve the world’s most intractable conflicts has never been greater.

In light of these trends, it’s critical that the community of actors committed to global peace and security take stock of the successes, challenges, and innovations in multilateral conflict prevention, mediation, and peacebuilding. 

Join USIP, The Stimson Center, Alliance for Peacebuilding, and the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area for a timely discussion on the future of the multilateral system and the potential for practical, innovative reform with U.N. Undersecretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo, the highest-ranking American currently serving at the United Nations and the first woman to hold the position. As a precursor to the U.N.’s 75th anniversary in 2020, this event will consider how the U.N. has modernized its conflict prevention and management resources to address the changing nature of conflict; how reforms of the U.N.’s political and peacebuilding architecture have improved its effectiveness, as well as what steps are still needed; and what practical actions U.S. and international policymakers can take to support more durable multilateral peacebuilding efforts.

Where: U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
Cost: Free, but registration is required

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9:30am – 10:00am: Refreshments

10:00am – 10:10am: Welcome Remarks and Introduction by The Honorable Nancy Lindborg, President & CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace

10:10am – 10:30am: Keynote Address by  Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, Undersecretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations

10:30am – 11:50am: Facilitated Panel Discussion with Undersecretary-General DiCarlo, featuring:
  • Ambassador George Moose, Vice Chairman of the Board, U.S. Institute of Peace; Advisory Council Member, United Nations Association of the National Capital Area
  • Ms. Victoria Holt, Vice President, Stimson Center
  • Ms. Uzra Zeya, President & CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding
  • The Honorable Nancy Lindborg, moderator, President & CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace

  • 11:50am – 12:00pm: Closing Remarks
    Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo
  • Undersecretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations

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    UNA-NCA joins Student Delegation to Capitol Hill

    Slicing through the buzz of the Russell Senate Offices was the distinct chatter of UNA-USA’s student delegation, eager to celebrate Human Rights Day by urging their senators to denounce the administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. Our congressional members unite across party lines through their shared investment in the wellbeing of their constituents; our appeal is to engage all members by advocating for the implementation of innovative corporate practices and sustainable policy interventions. 

    lobby_dayOur visit was timely- it coincided with the conclusion of the Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP25). Stagnant negotiations rendered states unable to reach a comprehensive deal regarding the standards and processes for carbon emissions management. The US joined Brazil, India, and China in condemning efforts by the European Union and numerous small island states to introduce effective regulations that would allow the international community to reach goals outlined by the UNFCCC and the Paris Climate Agreement. 

    Earlier this year, the administration’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2020 recommended devastating cuts to UN-related accounts. Due to the vigilant advocacy of grassroots organizations like UNA-USA, the president is expected to sign a Continuing Resolution by December 20th in order to avoid a government shutdown that will in turn preserve a percentage of funding for UN Peacekeeping Operations and the General Budget. However, the overall amount of funds allocated for global programs and peace-building initiatives remain unusually low.   

    The US can no longer be considered a leader in the global arena of climate innovation- in its absence, international actors have failed to produce tangible options to mitigate the devastating threat of climate change. It is increasingly imperative that civil society must hold legislators directly accountable on climate action. 

    The mass demonstrations that have taken plan across the globe may soon come to define 2019. Millions of people mobilized in order to demand that their leaders prioritize direct action on climate change; in the national capital area, hundreds of students went on strike “for our future” and marched on Capitol Hill. As we prepare to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020, we must carve our path forward. UNA-USA’s advocacy day is a reminder to place the new generation at the forefront of these conversations. Our stories and direct experiences will shape policy and drive social progress as we enter the new decade. We must let the impact of climate action on our lives- our health, our neighborhoods, and our future- be heard. 

    Take action now and contact your representatives

    For more resources, please visit: 

    UNA-NCA Advocacy 


    Global Climate Strike

    Earth Uprising
    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
    Strategies for Investing in Africa’s Public Health Preparedness

    Date: January 23, 2020
    Time: 6:00-7:45 p.m.
    Location: Georgetown University School of Law, McDonough Hall, Room 206, 600 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
    Cost: Free

    Register here!

    Join UNA-NCA in partnership with the O'Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law for a panel discussion concerning "Strategies for Investing in Africa's Public Health Preparedness."

    Panelists Include:
    Public health challenges particularly in Africa, are a direct result of the continuing impact of non-communicable and communicable diseases adding to the daunting challenges of health systems strengthening facing the Continent. Thus, the purpose of this year’s forum  will be to discuss and share the role that academia, private sector organizations and the Non-governmental community can play in building public health preparedness capacities in Africa.

    The purpose of this Forum will be to explore strategies that we can invest in Africa’s health workers, healthcare and social services infrastructure, logistics, surveillance and health information systems. We’re hopeful that the expected outcome of this event will be a Diaspora strategy to include further policy recommendations for the UN & U.S. Administrations and the African Union.

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    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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