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02 February 2020

UNA-NCA Young Professionals Board of Directors Position Openings - 2019

Come join the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, UNA-NCA, a nonprofit organization serving the greater Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas. With the help of over 5,000 members, volunteers, and supporters in the greater Washington area, UNA-NCA works to build public knowledge of the UN, strengthen UN-US relations, and aid the UN in achieving its goals. 

The UNA-NCA Young Professionals (YP) program cultivates future globally minded leaders in international affairs, spanning nonprofits and the public and private sectors through professional development programming and leadership and mentorship opportunities. The team develops international-affairs oriented educational and advocacy programs that will help DC-area young professionals further their knowledge of pressing international issues, dedicate themselves to making a change in the world, and take a step towards becoming future global leaders. 
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01 February 2020

Seeking VA, MD, and DC Hub Coordinator(s) for Advocacy Committee


Interest should be expressed to Advocacy Associate  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , with subject line "Advocacy Committee Hub Coordinator", along with the submission of this form.

Hub Coordinator(s)* will:
1) Recruit UNA-NCA members in VA and MD Congressional districts.  UNA-NCA’s footprint includes all of DC and Maryland, and the following parts of Northern Virginia:

· Congressional Districts: Northern Virginia is part of the 1st, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th congressional districts. These districts also span into other areas further south of Virginia.

· Counties: Caroline, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudon, Prince William, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, Stafford.

· Independent Cities: Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

2) Develop small Congressional “networks” primarily for Digital advocacy. For instance; two or three UNA-NCA members per network for the respective Hubs.

3) Respond (Hubs/Networks) to VP Advocacy and Advocacy Associate calls for action.

4) Provide feedback to VP Advocacy, Advocacy Associate, and in some cases, other UNA-NCA staff.

5) Check Advocacy webpage and UNE weekly for timely messaging and alert respective “networks”: VA, MD and, in some cases, DC.

6) Report follow-up from Congressional offices (including requests) to Advocacy Associate, VP Advocacy.

7) Communicate with "networks" about Advocacy Training and other UNA-NCA events and programs.


Prefer TWO members per Hub Role for VA, MD, and DC -- for “backup” purposes.

29 January 2020

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

Register here!


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

      Register here!

  • 23 January 2020

    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.

    Register here!

    19 December 2019

    Support UNA-NCA Through The World Bank Community Connections Campaign


    Donate Online Now


    In anticipation of the November 4 CCC launch, an email from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it was sent to past FY19 CCC donors and 1818 Society members describing how to log into the new pledging system. If you did not receive the launch email, click here and submit your contact information. You should then receive your launch email within a few days’ time.

    The CCC Benevity pledge site has all the information you need to make your pledge. Your personal Dashboard appears when you first log onto the pledging system. There is a “How to Pledge” video on the Dashboard – next to the “Donate Now” button. You may also click here to download step-by-step instructions.

    There is no limit on how much you can pledge to CCC organizations for the FY20 CCC, but the WBG has capped the corporate match at $25,000 per donor.

    Credit card donations are charged a fee by the credit card merchant (2.4% plus a $0.30 transaction fee) which is taken out of the pledge before being disbursed to the NGO.


    Unlike previous CCCs, donations by check, stocks, or bonds go directly to UNA-NCA, not via WBCCF. The WBG must therefore receive proof that the donations have been made, and that they have happened during the FY20 campaign period – i.e., between November 4 and December 19, 2019. Proofs of such donations must be uploaded to the CCC Benevity site by December 19th at the latest.

    Click below for additional instructions for each type of donation:

    If you have further questions, please download a copy of the WBCCC FAQ, send an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or contact UNA-NCA Development Associate Lyndsie Whitehead at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    You may also contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for help with specific pledging questions or issues.

    10 December 2019

    2019 Human Rights Awards

    Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2019 Human Rights Awards! It was a great night; read event coverage here.


    Each year, UNA-NCA commemorates the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a celebratory event. 

    In honor of the 71st 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.

    Register Here

    All ticket sales will close at 11:59 pm on 12/6

    Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
    Reception at 5:15 pm
    Program runs from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

    National Education Association, 1201 16th St. NW, Washington DC, 20036

    The 2019 Honorees are:

    The Inaugural UNA-NCA Global Human Rights Leadership Award
    The Honorable Michelle Bachelet*
    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
    *This award will be presented in High Commissioner Bachelet's honor

    Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award 
    Professor Katherine Marshall
    Executive Director, World Faiths Development Dialogue

     F. Allen "Tex" Harris Human Rights Diplomacy Award
    Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook
    Former U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom 

    Perdita Huston Human Rights Award 
    The Honorable Vivian Lowery Derryck
    Founder and President Emerita, The Bridges Institute; UNA-NCA Advisory Council

    UNA-NCA Community Human Rights Award
    World Central Kitchen


    Member*: $70
    Non-Member**: $90 

    Register Here
    All ticket sales will close at 11:59 pm on 12/6

    Students, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  from your .edu email address to receive $20 off your ticket price!

    *Students under the age of 26 are eligible for free UNA-NCA membership
    **Non-member tickets include 1 year of UNA-NCA membership

    Contact our Executive Director, Paula Boland, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with any questions about sponsorship.

    02 November 2019

    Fall 2019 Young Professionals' Career Dinners

    Read Full Coverage of the Event Here!

    On Saturday, November 2nd, 2019, 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 2019 Career Dinner Series will kick off with a networking reception where participants and speakers will have the chance to meet and swap business cards.
    The reception will feature keynote remarks by Loyce Pace, President and Executive Director of the Global Health Council.

    A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors!


    Saturday, November 2, 2019
    5:00 pm Networking Reception
    7:00 pm Dinner 

    United Nations Foundation
    1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    12th Floor
    Washington, DC 20006

    Students and Members: $45
    Non-Members: $55
    Non-Members plus one year of Membership: $65


    Professional speakers in each of the 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.

    Register Here!
    Please be advised that you are only allowed to register for one dinner.

    Each dinner has its own length of program. 

    Careers in the United Nations

    Sarah Jackson-Han, Senior Policy, Strategy, and Communications Advisor, UNDP
    Laura Fuller, Head of Communications, UN Environment Programme

    Dinner will be held at the UN Foundation.

    International Law

    Angelita Baeyens, Programs Director of Advocacy & Litigation, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

    Dinner will be held at the UN Foundation.

    Human Rights & Journalism 

    Heather Hill
    , Director of Communications and Marketing, World Hope International; UNA-NCA Board Member
    Jenn Topper, Communications Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

    Dinner will be held offsite.

    Climate & Gender

    Jamie Wen-Besson,
    Communications Officer, Advancing Gender in the Environment, International Union for Conservation of Nature
    Cara Honzak, Senior Technical Advisor for Population, Health & Environment, Pathfinder International

    Dinner will be held offsite.

    International Education 

    Tonija Hope Navas, Director, Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University
    Kristen Shannon, Program Officer, Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, IREX

    Dinner will be held at the UN Foundation.

    Global Health


    Carol Labor
    , Principal Consultant, Women's Wellness Group
    Chisina Kapungu, Director of Learning and Organizational Strengthening, WomenStrong International

    Dinner will be held at the UN Foundation.

    28 October 2019

    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.

    Share the event with your network with our Social Media Kit .

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