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19 March 2020
Executive Director's Statement on Programming During COVID-19
Dear UNA-NCA leaders,

I trust you are well and keeping safe. The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique and unforeseen challenges for us leaders and the people and communities we serve. It is a scary time, both as we work to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, and as we work to navigate organizational questions about how we will proceed in the coming days, weeks, and months.

We have been carefully monitoring the information and guidelines being made available regarding the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. Read full recommendation here. The Global Health Council, lead by our Board member Loyce Pace, has compiled useful information and resources you can check out here.  

In order to do our part in the efforts to flatten the curve and impact of this virus, our office is operating remotely and we have postponed public events for the next several weeks while we look for alternative virtual options. The health of our members and staff is paramount, so while we apologize for this inconvenience, we believe it is the right thing to do at this time.

Most unfortunately, we had to make the decision to cancel our annual Spring GCDC Model UN Conference scheduled for April 21. We have come to this difficult decision after consulting with our partners at the U.S. Department of State, Pan American Health Organization as well as teachers, parents, and staffers. The GCDC team will offer optional classroom visits and/or video-call alternatives to help groups facilitate Model UN sessions, as well as virtual professional development for our educators

While we are very sad not to be able to host this very special convening, we know that the safety and health of everyone is the top priority.

In times like these, we must come together to work in partnership and use our creativity to carry out our mission of building a strong US-UN partnership and keep our community engaged.

With much appreciation to all for your continued support.

Paula Boland

Executive Director

UN Association of the National Capital Area