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April 23, 2021
By Nicole Herman, Spring 2021 Program Assistant

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 Initiative

By 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
By Toby T. Gati, President of TTG Global LLC

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, 2021
On February 3, 2021, Best 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
The UNA-NCA Board of Directors and staff congratulate and extend a warm welcome to President Biden and Vice President Harris for their active and prompt engagement to serve the needs of all Americans through domestic and foreign policy initiative supported by outstanding appointments to the Cabinet and senior policy teams.

January 20, 2021
The UN’s Secretary-General, António Guterres, saw UN75 as an opportunity for the organization to listen to the people it serves.

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. 

January 13, 2021

Panel Discussion on the exodus of Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela

By Amy Olejniczak, Sustainable Development Committee Member

On December 17, 2020, the UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and its nonprofit partner USA for IOM facilitated a discussion about the displacement of refugees and migrants from Venezuela, following the presentation of Walking for Freedom: A Venezuelan Story at the Global Migration Film Festival.

January 6, 2021

A giant of international relations and universal peace has left us

By Ok Pannenborg, UNA-NCA Advisory Council

Last Saturday one of the most consequential leaders of the world's international system in the 20th century passed away at the venerable age of 101. Brian Urquhart arguably was the most accomplished global peace arrangement implementor the world had in the second half of the 20th century and may well join the historical pantheon of the great and the good, next to presidents, economic and social leaders and thinkers, world religious leaders and philosophers and kings.

January 5, 2021
The Board of Directors and staff of the UN Association of the National Capital Area wish to express our deepest condolences to Representative Jamie Raskin (MD-8) for the recent loss of his beloved son at age 25 to depression.

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