The Latest from UNA-NCA
May 26, 2021
A Decade of ActionBy Shabnam Kabir and Pauline Placide
UNA-NCA Peace and Security Committee Members
The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) along with its Peace and Security Committee hosted a panel discussion, entitled, “Decade of Action: Women in UN Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding” on Thursday, May 6, 2021. The event took place virtually and welcomed panelists and participants from across the United States and all around the world. The panel was moderated by Mr. Patrick Realiza, Co-Chair of the UNA-NCA Peace and Security Committee. The panelists all shared their perspectives on pressing issues related to women in peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts and operations.
May 1, 2021
CEDAW, Congress, and MoreUNA-NCA is committed to championing gender equity globally and locally. Take action today through any of the opportunities listed below.
April 23, 2021
As UNA-USA members, the fight to protect universal human rights, equity, freedom, and justice for all people is deeply enshrined in our identity. Our history of tireless grassroots advocacy to protect the world’s most vulnerable people began more than seven decades ago. UNA-USA members are dedicated stewards of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a cornerstone document aimed to secure and advance the fundamental rights of all people, everywhere.
April 23, 2021
On April 16th and 17th, 2021, 131 students, 22 educators, and 37 volunteers gathered for the first virtual spring and 17th annual Global Classrooms DC Spring Model UN Conference in partnership with the U.S. Department of State. The COVID-19 pandemic could not prevent the eager delegates from participating from their homes in Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Venezuela.
April 13, 2021
Global Health InitiativeBy Laura Rodriguez, UNA-NCA Communications and Membership Program Assistant
On March 25, 2021, the UNA-NCA African Affairs Committee hosted a virtual panel discussion that covered topics including the importance of economic investment and unique collaborations within African health care. Using the framework of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3: to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, the evening’s panelists came together to discuss the challenges that have been exacerbated as a result of COVID-19 across the continent of Africa and presented hope and opportunities in the form of solutions.
March 30, 2021
It Will Surprise You!By Richard Seifman and A. Edward Elmendorf, UNA-NCA Board Members
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was founded in 1957 at the dawn of global interest in promoting the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and as a means to determine and inhibit the extent to which a country is producing nuclear material which can be used for military purposes, including nuclear weapons. What most of us know about IAEA is its expertise in responding to nuclear accidents, as was the case in Japan with the Fukushima reactor, and in conducting conventional nuclear inspections of its 172 Member States. The most intensive attention has concerned its inspection responsibilities under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – the Iran Nuclear Deal of 2015.
March 15, 2021
Ed and I came to UNA-USA at about the same time. I was one year ahead of him in completing the Master’s Program at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs and Ed graduated from Columbia and joined UNA-USA the following year. We were always a team, working together for almost two decades on every program that UNA-USA undertook. We worked on policy issues of national importance, and developed the Parallel Studies Programs with the USSR, China and Japan which brought so much international acclaim to UNA-USA.
February 11, 2021Best Delegate, a global Model United Nations education organization, graciously hosted the Global Classrooms DC Professional Development (PD) workshop virtually. The PD workshop, hosted yearly by GCDC, serves as an opportunity for educators to gain a deeper understanding of Model UN to set their students up for success during simulations.
January 28, 2021
January 20, 2021
Throughout 2020, the UN carried out its most ambitious effort to date to consult the global public, working closely with UN offices at the regional and country-level, as well as partners from all sectors. It asked people what they most want for the future – and what they most fear. It also asked about their expectations of international cooperation and the UN in particular.