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05 June 2018

Sustaining Access to Clean Water In Haiti

By Jordan Walker, Member, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee

“Haiti is the poorest country in the West,” or “they have nothing” is so untrue and does not recognize the complexities of the Haitian people.

The United Nations has 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 6 is to ensure the availability and sustainability of clean water and sanitization to all. Since the tragic earthquake in 2010 that destroyed most of Haiti’s underground pipes, Haiti’s most urgent need has been access to clean water and health resources to treat and prevent Cholera. In 2010, UN peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti, and it spiked soon after Hurricanes Matthew and Irma. Since then, cholera has killed more than 10,000 Haitians, and and over 800,000 are still infected. Haiti on its own lacks the fundamental public health resources and funds to solve the issue on their own.

On May 23rd, 2018, Ms. Farah Faroul, a young Haitian-American and an active member of the UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee shed light on the clean water crisis in Haiti by leading a discussion among four panelists who all take on an very active roles as part of the movement toward Goal #6. The panelists all have impressive professional roots in non-profit and grassroots advocacy organizations that attempt to educate and, more importantly, implement resilient change in Haiti’s infrastructure.

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31 May 2018

The UN, Human Rights and Russia: Part III

By: The UNA-NCA Human Rights Committee

This is Part III of a IV-Part Series which will be released on a weekly basis, and will detail Russia's human rights record in the United Nations.

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) considered Russia’s human rights record at its May 2018 session. This review took place as part of the UNHRC’s third cycle of reviewing all Member States’ implementation of international human rights commitments through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism established after the 60thanniversary United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) summit. Most of the issues discussed in the remainder of this paper are not so much about the human rights situation in Russia itself but about the interplay between Russia and the UN’s human rights system. If you missed the previous part of the post please read it here


The UN’s Universal Periodic Review of Russian human rights performance 
 

UPR_InfographicHow have various stakeholders, including human rights defenders and other civil society groups, attempted to use the UN human rights system (especially the Universal Periodic Review mechanism) to draw attention to the human rights situation in Russia? How has the Russian Government reacted?

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31 May 2018

New co-Chair Spotlight: Sergio Martinez

Please meet our new Sustainable Development Committee Co-Chair, Sergio Martinez!

Sergio_Martinez_-_Headshot_PhotoSergio Martinez is an economist and young professional with more than five years of experience in evaluation, research and strategic analysis of development and business projects across multiple sectors. His projects have covered several areas concerning the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ranging from education and economic growth to peace and security, to clean energy and climate change. He is currently a research and data analysis consultant at the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie Impact) and Equilo – a web-based app for customized gender analysis and action plans, where he actively contributes to generating evidence-based policy-making strategies and development analytics tools for international development projects. 
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23 May 2018

The UN, Human Rights and Russia: Part II

By: UNA-NCA Human Rights Committee

This is Part II of a IV-Part Series which will be released on a weekly basis, and will detail Russia's human rights record in the United Nations.

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) considered Russia’s human rights record through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process during the week of May 14th. This review will take place as part of the UNHRC’s third cycle of reviewing all Member States’ implementation of international human rights commitments through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism established after the 60thanniversary United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) summit. Most of the issues discussed in the remainder of this paper are not so much about the human rights situation in Russia itself but about the interplay between Russia and the UN’s human rights system. If you missed the previous part of the post please read it here

Russian and the UN Human Rights System 


What has been the role of the Government of the Russian Federation (and previously the USSR) with regard to the evolution of the UN human rights framework, what are its official positions today, and how does it employ its diplomatic and other tools to advance, hinder or shape the UN's human rights work? 
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14 May 2018

The UN, Human Rights and Russia: Part I

By: Human Rights Committee

This is Part I of a IV-Part Series which will be released on a weekly basis, and will detail Russia's human rights record in the United Nations.

Part I: 
The Impact of Russian Diplomacy on the UN System for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, and the Role of the UN System in Addressing Human Rights in Russia

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is considering Russia’s human rights record at its May 2018 session. This review is taking place as part of the UNHRC’s third cycle of reviewing all Member States’ implementation of international human rights commitments through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism established after the 60th anniversary United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) summit. UNHRC scrutiny of Russia at a 2013 session produced more than 225 recommendations from other Member States, over 160 of which Russia undertook to implement in full or in part.[1]
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14 May 2018

Headstart on Lifelong International Engagement: 14th Annual Global Classrooms DC Model UN Conference


MUN18-6On Friday April 27, 2018, over 600 students, educators, parents, volunteers, and guests gathered at the U.S. Department of State and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for the 14th Annual UNA-NCA Global Classrooms DC (GCDC) Annual Spring Model United Nations Conference.   

The conference welcomed 5th to 12th grade students from nearly 40 schools and groups from not only the DC, Maryland, Virginia area, but also as far as Texas and Lebanon. Throughout the intense one-day conference, student delegates debated possible solutions to important international issues from the perspectives of their countries. They covered current topics like renewable energy, the crisis in the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin, sports diplomacy & gender equality, crisis of malnutrition, and the crisis of child soldier. Acting like true diplomats would, students participated in a variety of middle school and high school committees: the UN Environment Programme, the UN Security Council, the International Olympic Committee Executive Board, the Food and Agriculture Organization, as well as UNICEF.  
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10 May 2018

Our Mission is More Important Than Ever

By Stephen F. Moseley, President, UNA-NCA

This year, the mission of UNA-NCA is more important than ever to engage our fellow citizens in the Maryland, Virginia and DC area to better understand and support U.S. engagement and leadership in the United Nations, and to provide our full share of funding. You are well aware of the major threats to the UN from some policy leaders in the US, and 30 to 50% cutbacks for operations and specialized UN agencies proposed again this year. 

Your personal financialsupport for UNA-NCA is critical for our mission. Dues paid by over 1,000 members – including free membership for students – represent less than 10% of our budget.  Our ability to carry out programs is dependent on the generosity of many individuals who make gifts to UNA-NCA beyond their membership – in amounts from $200 to $10,000.  In addition, a few very generous families devote as much as $25,000 through their foundations.

Every donation directly supports our programs on Peace and Security, International Law, Sustainable Development, Human Rights, Gender Equity and our UN Graduate Fellows program.  Our Young Professionals program provides career and leadership development opportunities. Our flagship year-round education program, Global Classrooms DC, serves hundreds of middle and high school students throughout the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. Our Advocacy program has reached national and local policy leaders to provide education on critical and timely issues and increased the number of members in contact with public officials. 
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09 May 2018

Keynote Speaker Inspires Future IR Professionals at the UNA-NCA Spring Career Dinners

By Tselmegtsetseg Tsetsendelger, YP Communications Director, and Robert White, YP member

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The UNA-NCA Spring Young Professionals’ Career Dinner was fortunate to have Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, co-founder of the (International Civil Society Action Network) ICAN and former recipient of the UNA-NCA Perdita Huston Human Rights Award, as a keynote speaker this year. Sanam weaved stories of her own career journey and stories of other women from Nigeria to Afghanistan, about strength, and resiliency as an inspiring factor of her career and drive to continue her work. She spoke of the women in conflict zones rising above their uncertain climates to create lasting impact in their communities and why investing in women is proportionate to investing in the larger community.
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