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06 March 2017

“Tie-ing” the National Capital Area Together!

Tie_DriveGlobal Classrooms DC is seeking donations of gently used or new ties for students attending our Annual Model UN Conference at the U.S. Department of State and Pan-American Health Organization May 2, 2017.

Items may be dropped off at the UNA-NCA office from March 6th-April 3rd, Mon.-Thurs. in between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Please call UNA-NCA at 202.223.6092 if you are interested in making a donation on a Friday. Ties will be distributed to students beginning April 4th.

You can support GCDC delegates by supporting a delegate and donating here

Thank you for the continued support of our program!

28 March 2017

Highlights from the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meets each year at the UN for two weeks in March. This year the theme is Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work. Government representatives meet to share their countries' progress towards gender equality, and thousands of NGO leaders from all over the world meet simultaneously to share programs, projects, and successes around the theme.

We invite you to attend a panel of CSW participants who will share their highlights from the wide range of sessions held over the two week period.

When: 5:30-7:00 PM, Tuesday, March 28th

Where: Alliance for Peacebuilding, 1800 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 401, Washington, DC 20036

Panelists include:

Dr. Marisa O. Ensor, Program on Justice and Peace, Georgetown University

Natko Gereš, MD, Program Officer, Promundo

Karen Mulhauser, immediate past Chair, United Nations Association of the USA

Kristen Hecht, Program Director, B.A. Rudolph Foundation

Kimberly Weichel, Moderator, Consultant, UN Women, Chair, Advisory Council, UNA NCA, and Chair, Women and Peacebuilding Affinity Group, AfP 



Dr. Marisa O. Ensor

Marisa is an applied socio-legal anthropologist and human rights scholar and practitioner currently based at Georgetown University’s Justice and Peace Studies Program. She has broad interests in forced displacement, human rights, political conflict, extremist violence, peace and security, and international development, and a focus on gender and youth. Her recent publications include Children and Forced Migration: Durable Solutions in Transient Years (2016); African Childhoods: Education, Development, Peacebuilding and the Youngest Continent (2012); Children and Migration: At the Crossroads of Resiliency and Vulnerability (2010); and The Legacy of Hurricane Mitch: Lessons from Post-Disaster Reconstruction in Honduras (2009), as well as numerous journal articles, book chapters and technical field reports for UNICEF, IOM, UNHCHR and USAID.

Natko Geres, MD

Natko Gereš is a Program Officer at Promundo, where he focuses both on research related to men and gender equality and on men's engagement in post-conflict and high-violence settings. He coordinates projects related to violence prevention, including the Young Men's Clubs Against Violence in Kinshasa, as well as the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) in the Middle East, North Africa, and Afghanistan. Natko is a currently finalizing his MPH and PhD in the field of masculinity and men's health at University of Zagreb School of Medicine.

Karen Mulhauser

Karen Mulhauser is past Chair of United Nations Association of the USA and is past President of the National Capitol Area chapter. She established Mulhauser and Associates in 1988, a small, progressive, management and public affairs consulting firm. She coordinates Consulting Women, a network of 1,000 DC area self-employed women and helped start Women’s Information Network in 1989 to make Washington, DC more welcoming for young, prochoice Democratic women. Prior to consulting, Karen was Executive Director of NARAL, National Abortion Rights Action League and two disarmament organizations.

Kristen Hecht

Kristen’s background is in non-profit management, with experience in the areas of organizational governance, program management, event planning, and communications. Kristen is passionate about expanding opportunities for women and girls and currently works as Program Director at the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, an organization that supports women as they launch their career by providing internship scholarships, mentoring, and networking opportunities. Prior to her position at the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, Kristen worked as the Director of Membership and Programs at the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA). She remains involved in UNA-NCA as a member of its “Cities for CEDAW Committee,” a committee that advocates for legislation in the DC area that would end all forms of discrimination against women.

Kimberly Weichel, Moderator

Kimberly Weichel is a social entrepreneur who has worked for over 25 years building bridges between cultures and segments of society. She is a passionate advocate for women’s advancement and empowerment and is a leadership, cross-cultural and gender trainer. Until recently she was CEO of Peace x Peace, an international women’s peacebuilding and leadership organization, on the forefront of promoting women’s leadership. Kim does consulting with UN Women and is an author, trainer, speaker, and NGO leader. She is Chair of the Advisory Council of UNA NCA and Chair of AfP’s Women and Peacebuilding Affinity Group.

08 April 2017

Spring 2017 Young Professionals' Career Dinner Series

UNA-NCA invites you to the spring 2017 installment of its signature Young Professionals' Career Dinner Series!

This semi-annual event brings together young professionals with experts in their chosen fields to discuss career paths, share personal stories, and network. The evening begins with a networking reception at the United Nations Foundation, followed by separate topical dinners at UNF and at private homes in the DC Metro Area. Each dinner features distinguished speakers who will answer attendees' questions and offer advice based on experience in the industry. 

Saturday, April 8
5:00 pm Networking Reception
7:00 pm Dinner 

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

$45 for members
$55 for non-members 
$65 for non-members with UNA-NCA membership ($25-$50 value)
*Students under the age of 25 are eligible for free membership! Join here!

Robert Skinner, Director, United Nations Information Center

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

Careers in Global Health - Only 7 Seats Left!

  • Loyce Pace, President & Executive Director, Global Health Council
  • Olumide Elegbe, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Management Sciences for Health, UNA-NCA Board Member
  • Sangeeta Rana, Foreign Affairs Officer/AAAS Fellow, U.S. Department of State

Careers in International Law, Peace and Security


  • Renee Dopplick, Editor for Inside Justice
  • Leila Hanafi, International Attorney, UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), World Bank Group
  • Karen Mulhauser, Past UNA-USA Chair, Past UNA-NCA President

Careers in Human Rights


  • Ryan Kaminski, Senior Program Manager, Human Rights and Special Initiatives for UNA-USA/UN Foundation
  • Additional speaker TBC

Careers in Sustainable Development
- Only 7 Seats Left!

  • Christina Bruff, Senior Economic Action Officer, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Jacob Grover, Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Policy and Evaluation, Millennium Challenge Corporation

Refugees and Humanitarian Response - Only 8 Seats Left!

  • Dawn Calabia, Honorary Senior Advisor to Refugees International, UNA-NCA Board Member

Careers in the UN 

  • Fernando Flores, Program Officer, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
  • Felipe Munevar, Head of Office, Office of Project Services (UNOPS)
  • Robert Skinner, Director, UN Information Center (UNIC)

Gender and Advocacy
- Only 4 Seats Left!

  • Lyric Thompson, Director of Policy and Advocacy, International Center for Research on Women, UNA-NCA Board Member
  • Susan Markham, Partner, Smash Strategies 

Careers in Communications and Advocacy - Only 7 Seats Left!

  • Lorine Ghabranious, USAID Learning Fellow
  • Melissa Kaplan, Advocacy Officer, Action Against Hunger (ACF-USA), UNA-NCA Board Member

11 April 2017

SDG #6: Water and the Impact on Biodiversity

April is International Water Month and UNA-NCA's Sustainable Development is looking at water in DC, the US, and around the world. This program seeks to bring awareness to clean water issues and its impact on humans and the environment, including the work that goes into providing clean water through operations of water and wastewater facilities. The panelists will also seek to address the local Washington, DC landscape and also provide relevant examples throughout the United States.

When: Tuesday, April 11; 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: George Washington University, Multicultural Student Services Center, 2127 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20052


  • Pari Kasotia, Member, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee
  • Dr. Tara Scully, Assistant Professor of Biology, George Washington University, @GWBiology

02 May 2017

UNA-NCA’s Global Classrooms DC (GCDC) 14th Annual Spring Model UN Conference at the U.S. Department of State

Global Classrooms® DC (GCDC) is the flagship education program of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA), and works with a diverse group of students grades 6-12, including some of DC's most underserved communities, to strengthen key skills including public speaking, negotiation, and writing while expanding their understanding of global issues.

GCDC's Annual Spring Model UN Conference brings together over 500 middle and high school students to discuss pressing international issues in the unique location of the U.S. Department of State. Past keynote speakers include U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues Andy Rabens. Topics for the Spring 2017 conference include rising sea levels, human rights of refugees, and the situation in Somalia.

When: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:25am-4:00pm
(Staggered arrival and registration assigned to groups by GCDC: 7:30am-9:00am)
Where: U.S. Department of State, Washington D.C.


Public Registration: January 5 – March 30, 2017 (Opens 11am EST)
Late Registration: March 31 – April 6, 2017 (Closes 5pm EST, additional late fee of $40)
** All individuals attending the May 2, 2017 Model UN Conference are required to submit pre-clearance security information to enter the building.**

Registration Fees
    • Delegate Fees: $70 private or out of region/$45 public and public charter in MD and VA/$10 public and public charter in DC
    • Adult/Chaperone Fee: $15/person
GCDC conference registration is on a first-come first-served basis, please register early to help ensure your group can attend. Changes in registration need to be communicated with the GCDC office as soon as possible; due to building capacity we cannot guarantee that changes in registration can be accommodated.

For more information on the GCDC Spring 2017 Model UN Conference or other GCDC programming, please visit us online.

Please feel free to contact the Director of Global Education, Megan Penn, at 202.223.6092 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for any questions or concerns.

09 May 2017

Law of the Sea Treaty (UNCLOS) Program

Join the UNA-NCA International Law Committee as they discuss efforts to urge the incoming Administration to make a push for ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty!

Do recent events in the South China Sea, the Arctic and Iran show that the failure of the United States to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty harms our economic, national security, and environmental interests and jeopardizes our global leadership in the 21st century? A range of U.S. business interests, the U.S. military and environmental groups support ratification.  As a signatory, the U.S. would have standing to object to claims to territorial seas by other nations, preserve our military’s navigational rights to innocent passage, object to environmental violations, and lay claims to oil and gas reserves in the Arctic and the seabed. Or, as critics claim, would ratification threaten U.S. sovereignty? Join us for a discussion of the political, legal, economic, and security implications of non-ratification of the Treaty and how that influences international affairs. 

When: May 9th, time TBD

Speakers and location will be released shortly.

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