Walking For Freedom: A Deep Look into the Venezuelan Humanitarian Crisis

The UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will present a documentary and discussion about the Venezuelan migration crisis.
More than 4 million Venezuelans are living outside of Venezuela as of June of 2019. That number is set to soar to 5.3 million by the end of the year which translates to 5,000 people fleeing each day. Venezuela is home to one of the countries with the biggest emigrant population in the hemisphere, this is why Walking for Freedom, a documentary, immerses the viewer to what the migrants go through. From walking through the Simon Bolivar International Bridge that links Venezuela and Colombia, to passing through perilous “trocha” routes, all migrants face obstacles on the way. This event and panel will portray the life of those who take part in this risky odyssey as well as bring awareness in the community.

When: Tuesday, December 17, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Where: Zoom
Cost: Free, but registration is required

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Coffee Chat: Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice

On Thursday, August 12th from 1:00-2:00pm ET, join UNA-NCA for the latest installment of our Coffee Chat Series.  In honor of the United Nations International Day of the World’s Indigenous People observed on 9 August every year, UNA-NCA will highlight indigenous leadership in environmental justice and conservation.  In 2021, the UN World Indigenous People’s day theme will focus on, Leaving no one behind: Indigenous peoples and the call for a new social contract. Following this year's theme, UNA-NCA seeks to augment the voices of those advancing respect for indigenous sovereignty through genuine inclusion and partnership in climate action.  

Native American communities have been at the forefront of advocacy surrounding environmental welfare, conservation, and land rights. This discussion on Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice will explore the intersection of indigenous protests against degradation of the environment, advocacy for continued access to habitable land and resources, and calls for respect of indigenous land rights. We will highlight how indigenous rights activists are advancing climate action, and explore lessons learned in their victories and the challenges of genuine and inclusive partnership and participation nationally.

Date: Thursday, August 12 from 1-2:00 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: Free

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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 takeaction@unanca.org for more information. 

The Biden-Harris Administration's Approach to Foreign Affairs

This event, in collaboration with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP), will feature a moderated panel discussion on what to expect from a Biden-Harris Administration in regards to foreign policy objectives and approach to international organizations such as the United Nations. There will be an additional reflection on recent foreign policy directives since his inauguration.

Featured Speakers: 

Ambassador Sarah Mendelson
(Moderator) - UNA-NCA Advisory Council Member; Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy at Carneigie Mellon universtiy and head of CMU's Heinz College in DC; Former US Representative to the UN Economic and Social Council

Ted Piccone - UNA-NCA Advisory Council Chair; Cheif Engagement Officer at the World Justice Project; former foreign policy advisor in Clinton Administration (National Security Council, State Dept., Pentagon)

Tuesday, July 20 from 5:30-6:30 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: Free, but registration is required

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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
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