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14 November 2013

Global Classrooms DC hosts Annual Fall Model UN Conference

Over 120 students from DC and Virginia schools attend the Model UN Conference.

Global Classrooms DC (GCDC) hosted its annual Fall Model UN Conference on Nov. 8 at the Pan American Health Organization. Over 120 students from the Washington, D.C. area and Virginia were in attendance at the full-day event. The conference was offered specifically to beginner Model UN students. The committees were designed as ‘training’ committees where students were guided through Model UN procedure throughout the day. The topic for the conference was Child Soldiers (UNICEF) and after breaking into small groups to write resolutions in the afternoon, students voted to support several of the resolutions on ways to combat the use of child soldiers.
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16 October 2013

US Government Shutdown Prevents UN Human Rights Review

UNA-NCA participates in Blog Action Day 2013. 

The following article is posted as part of that effort. To post your own submission to Blog Action Day 2013, check out our twitter feed @unanca.

The US Federal Government is now in its 16th day of a partial shutdown. If no agreement is reached by tomorrow, October 17, the US Government will reach its authorized spending limit and will begin defaulting on its debts and obligations for the first time in history.
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17 September 2013

Global Classrooms DC Featured in the State Department’s State Magazine

US Department of State Recognizes UNA-NCA's Flagship Education Program

UNA-NCA is proud to announce the UNA-NCA Model UN Program was featured in the September issue of State Department’s State Magazine (page 34). The State Department, through the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, has strengthened its partnership with UNA-NCA to greater support its flagship education program, Global Classroom DC’s (GCDC).

For over 11 years, GCDC has engaged DC area middle and high school students in global issues through its Model UN program. Students are able to develop skills in diplomacy, conflict resolution and leadership by simulating debates held in UN Committees and representing countries from around the world.  

Learn more about Global Classrooms DC>>

12 September 2013

ASIL Hosts Third Midyear Meeting and Research Forum in New York City

Experts from the field and the academe converge to discuss new and ongoing research on international law issues

In cooperation with UNA-NCA, the American Society of International Law (ASIL) will hold its third Midyear Meeting and Research Forum from October 31 to November 2, 2013 in New York City. The event serves to enrich the ongoing discourse on international law.

The event includes:

• Reception and Keynote Address, United Nations

• Practitioners' Forum, with topics on:

    • "Enforcement of Arbitral Awards and Foreign Judgments"
    • "Finding and Following Custom"
    • "A Conversation with Legal Advisers"

• Lunch Panel, "The Future of International Law Scholarship: A discussion with the New Editors-in-Chief of AJIL"

• Research Forum with 18 unique sessions on a variety of international law topics

• Leadership Meetings

The ASIL Midyear Meeting and Research Forum is also held in cooperation with the American Bar Association International Section and the International Studies Association.

11 September 2013

UNA-NCA to Participate in UN Day 2013 Celebration

Member of UNA-NCA will participate in Oneness-Family School's 2013 UN Day, held October 25

Director of Global Education, Emily Brock, will be carrying the UN flag during this year's celebration, alongside ambassadors and diplomats from Washington, DC embassies. In the past, nearly 60 ambassadors and representatives have carried their national flags during the procession of nations.

Students at the Oneness-Family School represent approximately 50 nationalities, and spend weeks creating displays, art and costumes to represent different countries. The students also prepare performances of music, dance and drama in honor of the event.

Following the program, there will be tours of the school, viewings for the students' displays, and an international luncheon for those who participated.

If you are interested in attending Oneness-Family School's 2013 UN Day, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

20 August 2013

Bob Wilbur – An Appreciation by Ed Elmendorf, Past President of UNA-NCA

Remembering former UNA-NCA Communications Vice-President Bob Wilbur

The many friends and colleagues of Bob Wilbur among UNA-NCA members will be greatly saddened to learn of Bob's passing in late June, after many years of battling cancer.

Bob was special for me. After Bob completed his PhD dissertation at Columbia University, he and I worked together on the staff of former US Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg when Goldberg was pulled off the Court by President Johnson to serve as his UN Ambassador during the difficult Vietnam War years.

In Washington, Bob and I were near neighbors, and then close neighbors, for many years. Finally, the late Andy Rice and I succeeded in persuading Bob to take on responsibility as the UNA-NCA Communications Vice-President. Under Bob's leadership, UNA-NCA Communications progressed from skilled amateur to fully professional. I especially remember his work on the UNA-NCA Annual Report. Bob improved the Annual Report from being simply a record of what we had done to a document promoting the organization and its values.

Finally, after using the skills honed in many years of government relations professional work in Washington to strengthen UNA-NCA Communications, Bob then served as the Co-Chair of the UNA-NCA Endowment Committee. During all this time, Bob participated in other UNA-NCA activities as well, particularly Global Classrooms DC (GCDC). He even brought his wife Diane, a DC education consultant, to work on GCDC. Bob and Diane have been loyal supporters of UNA-NCA for many years and hosted events for donors and career dinners for our Young Professionals.

At his wonderful but typically low-key 50th wedding anniversary party, Bob mentioned to me, almost in passing, that I was the friend of longest standing with whom he was engaged on intellectual and policy issues. I valued that observation then, and I will continue to cherish my association with Bob. In sum, Bob and I shared experiences over nearly 50 years – a rare treat for people in these rushed and changing days. This is something that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

Bob Wilbur was a modest man. He didn't make waves. But he made his views known, and he did not hesitate to criticize, when criticism was warranted. UNA-NCA, the United Nations, and the world are the better for Bob.

Ed Elmendorf

26 July 2013

Breaking into International Careers Welcomes Young Professionals and Industry Experts Alike

International affairs experts Will Davis, Mike Beard, and Celia Richa give advice about going into the field

Last July 24, UNA-NCA and the Young Professionals program hosted a career panel, “Breaking into International Careers” at The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, with panelists:

  • Will Davis, Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – Washington Representational Office
  • Mike Beard , Executive Director, United Nations Foundation Advocacy and Global Health Director, Better World Campaign (BWC)
  • Celia Richa, Senior International Policy Advocate, Futures Without Violence

The event drew in a hundred of guests, ranging from those with experience in the field, to those who are still in school. US Youth Observer to the United Nations, Brooke Loughrin, moderated the panel discussion, raising questions that addressed the challenges of working in the Washington, DC area, the decision of whether one should apply to graduate school or not, and general career advice for those who want to switch career paths into an international organization. 
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18 July 2013

UNA-NCA’s Global Classrooms DC Collaborates with the Cyprus Friendship Program

Now on its second year, GCDC teens worked with the Cypriot teens in gaining a better understanding of conflict resolution

Last July 16, students from the Cyprus Friendship Program (CFP) attended an event that was sponsored by UNA-NCA at the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Washington, DC. 

John Filson, Program Manager of 3P Human Security at the Alliance for Peacebuilding, spoke about conflict resolution and peace-building processes. The group of GCDC and Cypriot teens participated in a series of skill-building activities on negotiations, and was also given the opportunity to meet and interact with each other. They were able to talk about their different experiences, and share their thoughts on the importance of education to achieve peace and understanding. The Cypriot teens learned about the activities carried out by the UN Association in Cyprus and local rotary clubs and encouraged to get involved upon their return.

CFP is a program that promotes peace and negotiations between the Greek and Turkish communities of Cyprus through youth leadership trainings and workshops that promote trust and friendship between these young advocates. Every summer, CFP gives teenagers an opportunity to travel to the United States in order to gain a wider worldview on these issues. Each Greek-speaking Cypriot teen is paired with a Turkish-speaking Cypriot for their summer trip, and they both stay with a host family for a month. During their stay, they are able to visit several Washington DC institutions, like the Smithsonian museums, and the National Zoo. They also participate in outdoor activities, like a ropes course that serves as a bonding tool to strengthen the trust between the youths. 

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