The Latest from UNA-NCA

September 12, 2023

Presented by the Advisory Council of the United Nations Association-National Capital Area (UNA-NCA)

In the face of widespread challenges to democracy and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is evident that backsliding is universal and persistent. The United States, with its exceptional position of influence, has a crucial role to play in leading and collaborating with other nations to reverse these trends.

The U.S. can strengthen democracy at home, while also promoting it worldwide, through a combination of strength and humility. The potential of democracy to deliver positive outcomes at home and abroad cannot be underestimated. By leaning into these challenges, the U.S. can leverage its considerable assets to reshape the global narrative during these uniquely challenging times.

September 11, 2023

Towards Transformative Change for Racial Justice and Equality

By Danielle Dean, UNA-NCA Advocacy Committee Co-Chair

The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council will convene its 54th Session on Monday, September 11th, and the agenda promises an expansive discussion on everything from country reports on the Universal Periodic Review, the Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine, and sessions on cyberbullying, youth, and gender equality. But there is one discussion I will be following closely. On October 5th, the International Independent Expert Mechanism to Advance Racial Justice and Equality in Law Enforcement will present its recently released report following experts' tours of several prisons in major cities in the United States, including Washington D.C., Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, and New York.

August 30, 2023

UN OHCHR Permanent Forum on People of African Descent

In recognition of the International Day for People of African Descent on August 31st, UNA-NCA invites members to hear from UNA-USA leader London Bell, to learn more about the UN Permanent Forum for People of African Descent.

July 5, 2023

2023 Summer Intern Model Arab League

By Peter Toto,  Global Classrooms DC Program Assistant

The Summer Intern Model Arab League (SIMAL) was a chance for the interns of the National Council of United States Arab Relations (NCUSAR) to experience the rules and parliamentary procedure of the Arab League. For some, it was a chance to show their Model Arab League/United Nations skills; for others, it was an opportunity to gain firsthand experience of these activities. The day would be spent deliberating on the issue of the safety of journalists in Palestine and ultimately passing a resolution on the matter. 

July 5, 2023

UNA-NCA at the Rangel Summer Enrichment Program

By Peter Toto,  Global Classrooms DC Program Assistant

Veronica McIntire, Program Coordinator for the Summer Enrichment Program, began the session by briefly introducing each speaker. First was Gabrielle Gueye of Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS). She then Introduced Sarmat Chowdhury of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area. Veronica described the panel as having a question-and-answer format. She would later ask a few general questions to the speakers directly and then defer to the Rangel scholars for a more direct Q&A session. 

June 27, 2023

The UN, the US, and Me…

By Jill Christianson, UNA-NCA Board Chair

While the United States and many other nations celebrated Pride this June, state sanctioned discrimination and violence against LGBTQ+ has expanded, especially in the form of legislation.  

The global backlash on human rights has weaponized attacks on identity and diversity, curtailing the rights and freedoms of the most vulnerable. As the United Nations Human Rights Council convenes its 53rd Session, we must highlight the continued assault on LGBTQ+ rights. For me, this issue is international, national, and personal.

June 21, 2023

Coverage of the 2023 UNA-NCA Annual Meeting

By Andrew Rovinsky, Global Classrooms DC Research Assistant

Jill Christianson, UNA-NCA Board Chair, opened the program with the statement that this meeting would be a “reflection on where we have been and where we are going.” This assertion perfectly encapsulates what this evening was about. In the following two hours, various speakers would highlight the incredible achievements from 2022 and 2023, but also explain what the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area will do in the next year.

June 21, 2023

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area Announces Election of 2023-2024 Board of Directors

On June 13, 2023, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) announced its newly elected Board of Directors at the 2023 Annual Membership Meeting.

Our congratulations to the candidates for their successful appointment. All of us at UNA-NCA look forward to working with them to strengthen public understanding and support for the United Nations.

May 25, 2023
It is with much sadness that we share the news of Ambassador C. Steve McGann's sudden passing on May 25, 2023. Ambassador McGann served initially on the UNA-NCA Advisory Council and later on the Board of Directors, serving as Vice Chair of its Resource Development Committee.  He also served as the Co-Chair of the Women's Refugee Commission. During his leadership, Ambassador McGann initiated the Insider Briefing Series engaging in conversations with high level UN officials on pressing global issues, and serving as speaker and mentor to our Graduate Fellows Program.   

May 17, 2023

UNA-NCA Hosts First Spring Model UN Conference Since 2019

By: Sarmat Chowdhury, Manager of Global Education

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