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African Affairs Committee: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Through a series of lectures, meetings and recreational activities, the African Affairs Committee supports the principles of the UN and promotes interaction among those interested in African affairs. More importantly, we strive to educate the members of the association as well as the general community about issues pertinent to the African continent by addressing the educational, cultural, political and social issues affecting Africa.

Our main goal is to bring together professionals in the DC area who are interested in the prosperity and development of Sub-Saharan Africa. The Committee is also a great opportunity for networking for professionals with ties to Sub-Saharan Africa.


UNA-NCA's Cities for CEDAW Initiative

  
The UNA-NCA Board voted on February 10th, 2015 to form an ad hoc committee for the purpose of supporting citywide legislation, which embraces the principles of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women. (CEDAW). On March 3rd 2015, Councilmember David Grosso introduced the legislation. Unfortunately, there was not a hearing and a vote before the 2015/2016 legislative session ended. We are working to have it introduced again and will continue educating and advocating for a hearing before the DC Council Judiciary Committee and a vote this session.

Several organizations have joined UNA-NCA as Supporting Organizations and UNA-NCA is continuing to recruit additional partners to encourage the DC Council to support the legislation and help bring gender equality to the Nation’s Capital. If you are a member of an organization that would like to support this effort, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We would also like to thank the DC Council members who sponsored the legislation in 2015. DC Council  Chairman MendelsonCouncilmembeDavid GrossoCouncilmember Charles AllenCouncilmember Vincent OrangeCouncilmember Mary ChehCouncilmember AnitaBondsCouncilmemberMcDuffie, Councilmember Yvette AlexanderCouncilmember Elissa SilvermanCouncilmember Brianne Nadeau, and Councilmember Jack Evans.

Human Rights Committee:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

human_rightsThe Human Rights Committee organizes events to promote the work of the UN and advocate for strong human rights protections, specifically those outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Volunteers on the committee strive to educate, engage, and lead the community in creating meaningful conversations about these issues and to inspire action. Each December, the committee hosts an annual Awards reception to commemorate Human Rights Day. This celebration of human rights champions recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations to the human rights field. Some other ways committee members advocate for these issues is by lobbying members of congress, writing blogs, and signing-on to coalition letters. Through these tactics, the Human Rights Committee is able to shine a spotlight on challenging topics that can’t be ignored. 

International Law Committee: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The International Law committee will foster dialogue concerning the UN and international law. The committee meets periodically to discuss and plan programs involving international law implications of the United Nations operations in current world affairs. Programs presented over the last several years include: a three-part series on the Role of the Use of Force with special attention to Syria, Iran and Cyber-Threats; Remedies for Misconduct by UN Peacekeepers—Haiti and elsewhere; and the Proposed Iran Nuclear Deal. Membership is not limited to lawyers.


Peace and Security Committee: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Peace and Security Committee promotes the core principles of the UN concerning the peace and security of the global community. Through a series of events and mixers we aim to learn more about UN peace initiatives and examine US policies toward the UN's peace and security programs.

Sustainable Development Committee: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Sustainable Development Committee (SDC) is focused on educating and promoting awareness of issues covering economic, environmental and social justice sustainability and the role of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in responding to these issues.
 

Sustainable Development Goals Task Force: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Formed out of the 2013 and 2014 community consultations in Washington, DC and Baltimore on the post-2015 agenda/Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the SDG task force aims to: 1) support UNA-NCA’s program committee leaders with information on the post 2015 subject for their programs; 2) support UNA-NCA’s Advocacy Committee on the post 2015 agenda topics for advocacy at the federal, state and local levels; 3) expand UNA-NCA’s outreach to new audiences about the post 2015 agenda and promote the SDGs’ potential application and relevance both locally and globally; and, 4) support membership expansion and engagement with individuals interested in SDG related issues.

 

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We also have opportunities for volunteers to serve on one of our standing committees.
 
  • Advocacy Committee:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    UNA-NCA’s advocacy efforts are focused around a core program of visits by our members to Senate and Congressional offices on Capitol Hill. These efforts are coupled with sustained follow-up to increase the chances of effectiveness in order to “educate, mobilize and inspire Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, to strengthen the United Nations system, and to press for constructive United States leadership in that system.” Our advocacy efforts focus on Congressional funding for UN peacekeeping, UN dues, and US foreign assistance related to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. We also advocate on other UN-related issues depending on the interest and participation of our members, and we work with other UNA-NCA committees and task forces to increase the effectiveness of their advocacy.
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  • Finance:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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