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30 January 2019

Migration, Governance and Sustainable Development in Central America

Over the course of the present year, the United States has been confronting a migration crisis at its border with Mexico. This migration crisis is not new to the United States, as it has been rooted in complex development, peace and security challenges in Central America during the last two decades. Recent media outlets and policy discussions in the U.S. Nation’s Capital have followed closely a caravan of an estimated 7,000 migrants, including many families and women with children, originated in Central America, making its way through Mexico towards the United States.  Though previous administrations have intended to address the underlying causes of Central America’s migration by policy instruments, such as the so called Alliance for Prosperity, U.S. policy interventions have failed to address the root causes of migration: violence, insecurity, corruption and lack of employment, education and business opportunities. With the aim to generate multi-stakeholder dialogues in the Washington, DC community to strengthen the U.S. response to the root causes of Central America’s migration, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) is pleased to present two panels addressing migration, security and sustainable development in the Central American region.

Moderator: Michael Camilleri, Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, the Inter-American Dialogue

Dr. Claudia Escobar, 2017-2018 Centennial Fellow, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University—Former Magistrate of the Court of Appeals of Guatemala.
Juan Gonzalez, Associate Vice-President, the Latin America Practice, the Cohen Group—Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Jason Marczak, Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, the Atlantic Council

Seynabou Sakho, Director, Central America, World Bank Group

Closing Remarks: Sergio Martinez, Co-Chair, Sustainable Development Committee, UNA-NCA

When: Wednesday, January 30th from 5:30 to 8 pm
Where: InterAction (1400 16th Street NW, #210, Washington, DC 20036).
Cost: Members & Students*: FREE | Non-Members: $5 
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06 December 2018

2018 Human Rights Awards


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In honor of the 70th 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.


Thursday, December 6, 2018
Reception at 5:15 pm
Program runs from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
National Education Association, 1201 16th St. NW, Washington DC, 20036

This year's honorees are:

Adama Dieng,
UN Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide

Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award 

Ambassador Robert R. King, 
Former U.S. Special Envoy for Human Rights in North Korea

 F. Allen "Tex" Harris Diplomacy Award  

Karen Mulhauser
UNA-NCA Past President and UNA-USA Past National Council Chair

Perdita Huston Human Rights Award 

Empower DC
UNA-NCA Community Human Rights Award 

Regular Admission Tickets

Young Professional/Student Member: $50
Non-Member Young Professional/Student*: $70 

Member: $70
Non-Member*: $90 
*Non-member tickets include UNA-NCA membership

*Students under the age of 25 are eligible for free UNA-NCA membership
**Non-member tickets include UNA-NCA membership

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29 October 2018

UN Day Celebration

"Children in the Digital World," with UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore

Thank you for your interest in our UN Day Celebration.  Unfortuantely, registration has now closed.  We do apprecaite your interest, but all guests must be registered in advance to attend.

For security reasons, registration is required.  Guests who have not received a registration confirmation will not be allowed into the event.


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Due to high interest in the event and limited capacity, we will be offering an overflow room with a livestream of the event.  Access to the main room will be given on a first come, first served basis.  Reserved seating will be provided to speakers, partners, and sponsors.
The UN Association of the National Capital Area and the Embassy of Italy to the U.S. Digital Diplomacy Series and the UN Information Centre, invite you to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the United Nations with a special program featuring The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director, Henrietta H. Fore for a discussion on "Children in the Digital World."  Joining Ms. Fore will be Dr. Robert C. Orr, Dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, for a discussion moderated by Suzanne Kianpour, BBC Foreign Affairs Correspondent.  Opening remarks will be presented by UNA-NCA President, Stephen F. Moseley, and Ambassador of Italy to the U.S., Armando Varricchio.

October 29, 2018 
Doors open at 5:30 - Program begins at 6:00 p.m. - Reception at 7:30 p.m.

The Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Cost: Free, but registration is required!
This event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $35.00.  You can complete this donation through our donation page, or by sending a check to The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, 2000 P Street NW, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036

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Keynote speaker:

The Honorable Henrietta H. Fore
Executive Director of UNICEF

Panel Featuring:

Dr. Robert C. Orr
Dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and former UN Under Secretary General

Moderated by:

Suzanne Kianpour
BBC Foreign Affairs and Political Journalist & Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service Fellow

24 October 2018

Graduate Fellows Program

Application Process

GFP 2018-2019 application and process

Application Process

The deadline for Spring 2019 UNA-NCA applications is October 24, 2018 at 5pm
The deadline for reference letters and unofficial transcripts is Friday, November 2, 2018 at 5pm.  These materials should be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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Graduate students in good standing from any of the universities in the area of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA)[1]who will be in graduate programs during the Spring 2019 semester are welcome to apply to this exciting program; graduate students from other areas temporarily in Metropolitan Washington may also apply, if granted preliminary approval by the Director. Part-time students and student interns in the DC area who are employed in fields of concern to the Program are particularly encouraged to apply.

The application has five parts:

  • The online application
  • A one page statement of the applicant's five year career plan and how the fellowship relates to their career goals
  • A one page statement of interest
  • A copy of the applicant's unofficial graduate transcript
  • A letter of recommendation
  • An updated resume
All supporting materials must be submitted in PDF format


With the help of over 5,000 members, volunteers, and supporters in the greater Washington area,  UNA-NCA works to build public knowledge, strengthen US-UN relations, and aid the UN in achieving its goals. Within this larger framework, the mission of the Graduate Fellows program is to help Fellows to develop understanding of UN issues, policies and organizations and assist them to prepare for UN-related careers.

The Fellows Program offers participants an opportunity to build knowledge and skills through seminars with experienced foreign affairs professionals on current global issues in relation to the United Nations, combined with mentoring and career strategy support drawing upon the extensive UNA-NCA network. 

Since it was initiated in 1991 by UNA-NCA, the Graduate Fellows Program has brought together the resources of UNA-NCA with over 500 students and 40 international public and non-governmental organizations. UNA-NCA’s access to the United Nations system of agencies and a diverse range of professional relationships has helped make the program successful.

Components of the UNA-NCA Graduate Fellows Program

·       A seminar program focusing on current key global issues as they are faced in United Nations agencies. These seminars will be hosted in the DC area every Friday afternoon during the spring semester of 2019.  Thematic areas and concerns to be addressed, as these issues arise in the UN system, will include: (a) Economic Development and Economic Policy; (b) Finance, Data Science, and Technology; (c) Gender; (d) Human Rights, Education, and Social Development; (e) Energy, Sustainable Development, and Climate Change; (f) Conflict Prevention, Conflict Resolution, and Peacekeeping; and (g) Refugees and Migration.  The UN’s Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be addressed, but it will not be possible to reach each of the 17 goals. 

·       A visit to the United Nations in New York City. Fellows will be expected to participate in the annual UNA-USA Global Engagement Summit at the United Nations in New York City– a highlight of the Program[WU1] .  The Summit brings together nearly 2,000 people from around the country to learn from key UN officials and network with peers. A special session is planned for the Fellows in the UN Secretariat on a key UN issue. Fellows will not be charged a fee to participate in the Summit. UNA-NCA is unable to provide transportation or lodging, but inexpensive day-of-the-event travel by bus is feasible.

·       Intensive career strategy supportof the Fellows as they explore UN-related careers. The career support will include sessions on career strategy, preparation and review of resumes, and mentoring arranged by UNA-NCA with mentors engaged in the thematic areas of the Program. UNA-NCA plans to match Fellows to professionals who share some of the Fellow’s interests. Mentoring can take various forms depending on the nature of the Fellow’s personal and career objectives. At a minimum it will include career strategy and resume review and discussion but could extend to contacts that might lead to potential internships and coaching around a relevant piece of writing that might be targeted for a professional journal.

·       Discounted participation in the January 2019 Career Fairof the Society for International Development (SID) – a nationally recognized event for recruitment of both entry-level and mid-level personnel in international development

·       Free membership in the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) - A network of more than 180 chapters and divisions throughout the country comprised of people passionate about the mission of the United Nations.

·       Membership in the UNA-NCA Young Professionals Program, which includes invitations to networking events. Fellows must attend at least one UNA-NCA sponsored event during the Spring 2019 semester to earn a certificate of completion.

  • Option: Fellows may also follow an optional online courseon the history of ideas that led to the creation of the United Nations. 
·       Option: Fellows may wish to participate in the Program for academic creditwith their home university. While details will need to be worked out by individual Fellows with their academic advisor and university, UNA-NCA will assist in such arrangements, if requested, with supervision and support for preparation of a term paper by Fellows participating for academic credit.


UNA-NCA Graduate Fellows must be enrolled graduate students in the Washington Metropolitan Area studying international affairs, trade, development, or a discipline related to the United Nations.  Commitment of four hours per week is expected from each Fellow – 2 hours for the seminar and 2 hours for seminar preparation and career strategy and mentoring. Part-time students and interns, including young professionals in part-time employment in a related area, are especially encouraged to apply.  Students not from the Washington Metropolitan Area may apply with approval of the Graduate Fellows Program Director. 


UNA-NCA Fellows are required to attend the series of seminars and to participate proactively in the career strategy activities. They will also be expected to serve as ‘Ambassadors’ for the Graduate Fellows Program and the United Nations Association at their universities. The seminars will address challenges and opportunities facing the UN system and will cover many topics of contemporary importance. Prominent experts and officials will be included as guest speakers. Past seminars have featured notable experts such as: Sam Worthington, CEO, Interaction; Dr. William Durch, former Project Director of the UN Panel on UN Peace Operations; Salih Booker, Executive Director, Global Rights; Dr. Desmond Birmingham, Head, Fast Track Initiative Secretariat, World Bank; Frank Vogl, co-founder, Transparency International; and Diana Wells, Co-President, Ashoka. 

Certificate of Accomplishment 

Those who complete the program will be awarded a certificate by the UNA-NCA. 

Selection Process/Timetable

The UNA-NCA Fellows selection will be based upon the application and, for candidate Fellows under final consideration, a personal interview with a member of the UNA-NCA Graduate Fellows Team. Instructions for scheduling the interview will be available when candidate Fellows are contacted.

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20 October 2018

Fall 2018 Young Professionals' Career Dinners in UN Agencies

On Saturday, October 20, 2018, UNA-NCA invites students and young professionals to participate in its semi-annual Young Professionals' Career Dinner series.
This signature event is an opportunity for young people to discuss global career paths and network with experienced professionals in their fields of interest. The Fall 2018 Career Dinner Series will kick off with a networking reception where participants and speakers will have the chance to meet and swap business cards. 

Saturday, October 20, 2018
5:00 pm Networking Reception
7:00 pm Dinner 

United Nations Foundation
1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006 

$45 $35 for members (*Students under the age of 25 are eligible for this price)
$55 $45 for non-members 
$65 $55 for non-members with UNA-NCA membership 

Kevin Cassidy
, Director of the International Labour Organization

Professional speakers in each of these topics will offer career advice and guidance, and share personal stories of experience in their particular fields. Attendees are encouraged to ask specific or general questions about the field and engage in conversation in a uniquely intimate and comfortable setting. 

To register, please click on the dinner topic you are interested in.

Each dinner has its own length of program. Please be advised that you are only allowed to register for one dinner. 
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11 October 2018

Tweaks or Transformation? New Models and Strategies for Tackling Global Challenges

OCTOBER 11, 2018 | 12:30 PM- 2:30 PM 


Stimson Center, UNA National Capital Area, and the Global Challenges Foundation (GCF) are co-hosting a public discussion on the future of global governance. The aim is to reflect on lessons learned from previous reform, innovation, and renewal efforts, to draw attention to new initiatives, and to demonstrate ways that those interested in contributing to reform can become engaged in the movement.  The GCF supports risk awareness and facilitates governance innovation aimed at mitigating global catastrophic risks.

What: A public discussion on the future of global governance. This event is on-the-record.

Where: The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington DC, 20036

When: Thursday, 11 October, from 12:30 - 2:30 pm. A light lunch will be served from 12 noon.

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FOLLOW:  @StimsonCenter and @BetterGlobalGov on Twitter for event news and use #StimsonNow to join the conversation.


Brian Finlay, President and CEO, The Stimson Center (Welcome)

Fredrik Karlsson, Executive Director, Global Challenges Foundation (Introduction of the Global Challenges Foundation and New Shape Process)

Panel Discussion With:

Bruce jones, Vice-President and Director of the Foreign Policy Program, Brookings

Augusto Lopez-Carlos, Senior Fellow, Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (on leave from the World Bank)

Brett Schaefer, Jay Kingham Senior Research Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs, The Heritage Foundation

Kate Sullivan, Head of Partnerships, Global Challenges Foundation

Megan Roberts, Deputy Director for Policy Planning, United Nations Foundation (co-moderator)

Richard Ponzio, Director, Just Security 2020 Program and co-chair, UNA-NCA Peace & Security Committee, The Stimson Center (co-moderator).

This panel is being held in partnership with The Stimson Center and the Global Challenges Foundation (GCF).

11 October 2018

Eleanor Roosevelt Happy Hour


Join UNA-NCA's Human Rights Committee and the Young Professionals Program for a happy hour in honor of Eleanor Roosevelt!

Come take a photo with Eleanor Roosevelt during a happy hour celebrating her birthday, the International Day of the Girl, the 73rd Anniversary of the UN and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Joining us will be special guests from the U.S. Committee on UN Women.  Dress up, dress down but come celebrate these signature achievements! This is a great opportunity to meet members, volunteers, and staff from UNA-NCA, as well as other DC folks interested in hot topics in international affairs, and get involved with issues you are passionate about! 

 Thursday, October 11; 5:30 - 8:30 pm 

The Eleanor, 100 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Cost: Free 

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20 September 2018

The Critical Challenges of Human Trafficking and Corruption

An estimated 24.9 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery. The overwhelming majority of the victims are entrapped and controlled by criminal networks operating together with corrupt public officials. Join the UNA-NCA International Law Committee and the Partnership for Transparency Fund’s Anti-Corruption Forum for a discussion on the ways in which corruption enables and perpetuates human trafficking and migrant smuggling, and what the international community can do to address these human rights abuses.

Keynote Lead Speakers: 
  • Katie Ford, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Freedom For All
  • Ambassador Luis C. deBaca, Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (2009-2014), Director of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking ("SMART Office") (2014-2017)

When: Thursday, September 20, 2018 5:30pm to 7:00pm (Doors at 5:00pm)
Where: United Nations Foundation, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20006
Cost: Members & Students*: FREE | Non-Members: $5 
*Students, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  from you .edu account to redeem the discount code.

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