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20 June 2018
2018 Annual Membership Meeting
On Friday, June 8th, over 100 members, volunteers, and staff of UN Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) met at the United Nations Foundation for the 2018 Annual Membership Meeting. Guests heard from UNA-NCA President Stephen F. Moseley on the 2018 Annual Report and progress of UNA-NCA in the last year. This year’s keynote speaker was Gillian Sorensen, former Assistant Secretary-General for External Relations, who spoke on the need for continued support of the UN and the work on the current refugee crisis. Three awards were presented, as well as the announcement of the new members of the UNA-NCA Board of Directors.

IMG_7486President Moseley opened the meeting thanking all who were in attendance, recognizing individuals who made key contributions over the last year. He commented on the current challenging relationship between the United Nations and United States, current poverty, refugee, and inequality crises, peacekeeping missions, and the need for continued U.S. involvement in the UN. He stated that the mission of UNA-NCA is more important than ever, addressing the growing membership and advocacy involvement of the organization.

Read his full remarks here.

2018_Annual_Report_Cover_resizedThrough the 2018 Annual Report, Moseley noted the active year UNA-NCA has had through events, the year-round Global Classrooms DC (GCDC) Model UN program, and advocacy. He also highlighted the Graduate Fellows Program that involved 19 students from 10 different countries, and the Young Professionals Career Dinners which connected young professionals with individuals currently in their fields of interests. Moseley also noted the recruitment and increase of young members within the organization, now with 54% of members being under 40, and the new perspectives they introduce with their involvement.

Read the UNA-NCA Annual Report here and the GCDC Annual Report here.

IMG_7522Keynote speaker Gillian Sorensen currently serves on the Board of the International Rescue Committee and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, focusing on refugee issues. At the Annual Meeting, she spoke off the record on the current refugee crisis, and the need for the United States to remain involved with the UN and globally. Sorensen emphasized the importance of UNA-USA in the current political climate as an organization that is vital to continually educate the country on the UN’s crucial mission and mobilize members to advocate for a strong US-UN partnership. She also commented on the President’s decision to pull the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, and the global repercussions of this choice. Presented by past president Ed Elmendorf, Gillian Sorensen received the 2018 UNA-NCA Arthur W. Johnson Leadership Award for her continued work with the United Nations. Gillian and Ed, in his former capacity of President of UNA-USA, were instrumental in establishing the alliance between the UN Foundation and the UN Association of the USA.

Under the leadership of Nominating Committee Chair, Renee Dopplick, UNA-NCA welcomed its new Officers and Directors-at-Large on its Board of Directors:

For a full list of the UNA-NCA Board of Directors, click here.
B33A4165-3Christina Hansen, UNA-NCA’s Vice President of Programs, was presented the 2018 UNA-NCA Evelyn Falkowski Volunteer Service Award by Patrick Realiza, chair of the UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee and 2017 recipient of the same award. Executive Director Paula Boland presented the 2018 UNA-NCA Richard and Anne Griffis Program Leadership Award to the UNA-NCA Young Professionals Program, which was accepted by Vice President of Young Professionals Laura Blyer and Chair of the Young Professionals Program Lanice Williams. 

B33A4194Executive Director of UNA-NCA, Paula Boland, concluded the meeting thanking leadership, volunteers, donors and partners for their dedication, work, and support. Boland highlighted that 2018 is the 70th anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, noting UDHR accomplishments, and how we still have more work to do. On December 6, at the National Education Association, UNA-NCA will be hosting our annual Human Rights Award Reception to celebrate the gift of the Universal Declaration and to help reaffirm the enduring human rights principles and standards it has helped establish. She pointed out that despite current challenges, “Our voices are being heard and we are making a difference through the advocacy and programmatic work in our community.”

The Annual Meeting was followed by a reception where guests reminisced over the positive work of the last year, mingled, and discussed new opportunities.
IMG_7463UNA-NCA would like to thank the members who attended the meeting, and that continue to support the positive work of the United Nations and UNA-NCA. We would like to extend a special thank you to the United Nations Foundation for hosting the event in their beautiful venue, and the UNA-USA team for organizational and logistical support.

The 2018 Annual Membership Meeting was followed by the UNA-USA 2018 Leadership Summit beginning on June 10th, with two days of advocacy workshops and guest speakers, and ending with Lobby Day on Capitol Hill on June 12th where over 500 members advocated for the UN. Read next week’s UN-Express for full details on UNA-NCA’s participation at the Summit!

Click here for photos of the 2018 Annual Membership Meeting!