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November 10, 2021
America must restore its leadership role in advancing LGBTI equality and human rights more broadly on the global stage.

November 9, 2021

UN Day Program: Creating a Blueprint for a Better Future & Global Goals at Home Launch event

UNA-NCA celebrated U.N. Day with the launch of its Global Goals at Home (GGH) program, a forward-thinking dataset that localizes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) progress across the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. To commemorate the U.N.’s 76th anniversary, guests U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Achim Steiner joined in speaking about sustainability’s future.

November 8, 2021

Inaugural Emerging Human Rights Leader Honoree

By UNA-NCA Human Rights Committee


Ryan Kaminski is currently the LGBTQI+ Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Inclusive Development Hub. He has over a decade of experience in human rights, sustainable development, and international public policy.

November 4, 2021

Coverage of UN Day Forum

On Sunday, October 24th, UNA-NCA hosted an event on “Taking Action on Climate Change” co-sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Church congregations in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. The event featured panelists and experts on the climate change crisis in light of the upcoming COP26 conference in Glasgow that started on November 1st.

November 4, 2021
The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area is thrilled to announce new additions to our program leadership committees!

November 3, 2021
UNA-NCA is committed to connecting members to global and local resources in support of Afghan refugees and the ongoing crisis. The mission of our organization is to bring global activism and policy change to the local level, and in doing so, build a stronger and unified world.

November 2, 2021
By Anna Garbar, UNA-NCA Human Rights Committee Co-Chair

SMYAL is a DC-based local organization that works to support and empower LGBTQ youth. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. SMYAL’s programming is free of charge for participants. To learn more about SMYAL’s mission and how to get involved, click here.

Like many staff members in the organization, both Hancie and Sultan have a strong personal connection to the organization’s mission. They both believe in giving back to the community by showing young people that there is a place for them in this city.

November 1, 2021
An Essay by Lynn Sicade

When the UNA-USA DC chapter called to inform me I had been selected for the Tex Harris award, they also asked for a piece of writing to include in the program. It is not an exaggeration to say they were surprised when I asked if they could use a UN resolution rather than a journal or academic piece. I could be mistaken, but I think they were even more surprised to learn that I have not published a piece. So as an alternative they asked that a piece be written about my journey. How does one write about their journey? Where to start?

October 22, 2021

Creating A Blueprint For A Better Future

Whereas, 2021 marks the 76th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations since the Charter was signed in San Francisco on June 26, 1945, and came into force on October 24, 1945;

October 21, 2021

Former First Lady’s 137th Birthday & Legacy Celebrated

By UNA-NCA’s Human Rights Committee Members Shuyang Wang and Ian Sloan

On October 13th, 2021, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the UNA-NCA’s Human Rights Committee hosted a celebration of Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s 137th birthday. With a warm welcome from UNA-NCA’s President Paula Boland, tributes from guest speakers, and breakout room interactions throughout the night, this event celebrated Eleanor’s impact on human rights protection and advocacy efforts for the second consecutive year via Zoom.

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