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 (moderator), 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
  • The Honorable Nancy Lindborg, moderator, President & CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Ms. Uzra Zeya, President & CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding
    • Ambassador Lynn Pascoe, Board Member, UNA-NCA; Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Politial Affairs

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

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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.

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    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, to educate and advocate on behalf of a strong partnership between the United States and the United Nations. UNA-NCA serves as a constituent liaison to Members of Congress and their staffs, offering resources on a number of related policies and practices that pertain to the UN's agenda. We connect our members with their Congressional and state legislature representatives, host advocacy workshops, and produce toolkits & issues briefs which can be found here

    Our members engage in advocacy in a number of ways, including through content publication on UNA-NCA Snapshots. Members additionally participate in Digital Advocacy, which includes direct mail and email campaigns, phone calls, social media targeted action, and more. Members of UNA-NCA have access to a bi-weekly Advocacy Pulse newsletter and a number of resources on UN-related issues and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 


    Coffee Chats

    UNA-NCA Coffee Chats have successfully brought together global, national, and local leadership- as well as hundreds of UN advocates across the country- through this series of dynamic and engaging discussions, all centered on the Sustainable Development Goals. Throughout the year, UNA-NCA will continue to highlight the work of senior leaders across the United Nations, Congress, the private sector and civil society through hour-long virtual roundtables that seek to answer- what are our shared goals? What is the future of sustainable development? Most importantly- how do we keep the spirit of hope alive? 

    Watch highlights of the sessions below by selecting the Coffee Chat of your choice: 


    Spotlight on the SDGs

    Are UN member states on track to achieve the SDGs by 2030? UNA-NCA's Advocacy Team produces broad progress reports on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. To learn more, select on of the SDGs below to download our report. 

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    Take Action

    Interested in joining the Advocacy Committee? Eager to join UNA-NCA on Capitol Hill?  Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. 


    Coffee Chat with UNDP, IFAD, Bread for the City and more!

    UNA-NCA Coffee Chat: Food Insecurity & SDG 1: No Poverty

    Join us on Thursday, July 16 from 1:00-2:00pm for our collaboration with leading experts in sustainable development. 
    UNA-NCA will be joined by leadership from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Bread for the City, and more. 

    We'll explore the scope of stakeholder work related to food security and poverty alleviation while offering critical insights into the impact of COVID-19 on poverty and development. 


    George Jones
    Chief Executive Officer, Bread for the City

    Yesim Oruc
    Deputy Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

    Rafael Tapia Jr. 
    Vice President of Programs, Partnership with Native Americans (PWNA)

    Joanna Veltri
    Chief, Americas Liaison Office at International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

    Register hereStay tuned for updates about our speakers and partner organizations.


    Enjoying our Coffee Chat series? You can find highlights from our latest sessions below.

    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 Association 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.

    Friday, July 24th from 4:00 to 5:00pm

    Where: Zoom Webinar
    Cost: $5 for members and students; $15 for non-members

    Panel Featuring:


    Laura Blyler (Moderator), Vice Chair of Young Professionals, UNA-NCA
    Farah Eck, Senior Director, UN Association of the USA

    Sarah Jackson-Han
    , Adviser for Communications, Partnerships, & Policy, UN Development Programme

    Kristi Pelzel, UNA-NCA Graduate Fellows Program Alumna

    Stefania Piffanelli
    , Deputy Director, UN Information Center-Washington



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