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18 March 2013

UNA-NCA Joins Choir of Voices Urging Congress to Pass IMF Reforms

In an open letter to Congress on Monday, March 11, Paula Boland, Executive Director of the UNA-NCA, along with over 130 academics and other global policy leaders, urged congress to pass reforms agreed upon by IMF leaders over 2 years ago.

The reforms change the IMF voting rules and double the amount of donated funds that the IMF must procure from member countries. Although these changes were approved by the IMF in 2010, they require Congressional approval because the reforms include a stipulation that the U.S. will need to make a $65 billion contribution to the IMF. The U.S. Congress has already legislated to lend $100 billion to the IMF as needed, so this reform would use $65 billion of that agreed-upon amount.
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13 March 2013

Model UN Students Come Together on Peace and Conflict

UNA-NCA and U.S. Institute of Peace Hold Joint Workshop


On Monday, March 11, UNA-NCA and the U.S. Institute of Peace's Global Peacebuilding Center co-hosted a peace and conflict workshop for 20 middle and high school students from the DC area. The student leaders developed strategies for effective negotiation, communication, and peacekeeping and will share this new knowledge with peers in their Model UN classes and clubs at school. The students will also have an opportunity to utilize these new skills on May 7 at the annual Global Classrooms Spring Model UN Conference held at the State Department.

05 March 2013

2013 Call for Nominations for UNA-NCA Officer and Member-at-large positions

Nominations due March 20, 2013

The Governance Committee chaired by David Scotton and Melissa Wolfe invites UNA-NCA members to submit names of candidates, including themselves, for vacant officer and board member-at-large positions on the UNA-NCA Board of Directors.

According to UNA-NCA's bylaws, each member who has been in good standing for the preceding year should be given the opportunity to submit the name of any member in good standing for nomination for any vacant office or for membership on the Board of Directors.

Please submit names and a brief statement about nominee's qualifications by March 20, 2013 to Melissa Wolfe via fax at 703.683.7846.
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15 February 2013

US Funding is in Jeopardy

Schedule In-District Advocacy Meetings Feb. 15-28!

Across-the-board spending cuts could take effect March 27, and funding for the United Nations is in danger. Chapters can make their voices heard by scheduling face-to-face meetings in district with their members of Congress or their staffs to discuss the importance of full funding to the United Nations. Remember, a meeting with staff is just as important. In-district meetings are the most effective form of citizen advocacy, and we are here to help you make it happen! 

In preparation for your meeting, please see our tips on effective advocacy.

If you've scheduled an in-district meeting, let us know by emailing our Membership Team at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

15 February 2013

2013 Human Development Report

"The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World"

Release from the United Nations Development Programme: The 2013 Human Development Report will be launched on 14 March in Mexico City by President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.

The 2013 Human Development Report examines the profound shift in global dynamics driven by the fast-rising powers of the developing world – and its implications for human development.
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05 February 2013

GCDC Youth Team Member Featured on Huffington Post

Philip O'Sullivan Discusses His Transition from Private to Public School

Philip contributed an article to HuffPost Teen about starting in a public high school after attending private schools for the previous seven years.  He likens it to moving from a house in the countryside to an apartment it the city.

Philip is a Freshman at the School Without Walls and will be participating in his first Model UN at the May 7th GCDC Conference at the State Department.  He is also a rower on the crew team.

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30 January 2013

"The Environment and Development in China: Domestic and International Implications"

The YP Asia-Pacific Committee co-hosted an event on the "The Environment and Development in China: Domestic and International Implications," with the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP), on Wednesday, January 30th.


The event featured four prominent speakers, Dr. Chip Barber from the State Department, Professor Bob Shepherd from the George Washington University, Damien Ma from the Eurasia Foundation, and Molly Walton from CSIS.  Before a crowd of approximately 60 attendees, the speakers each gave their perspective on the political, cultural, and environmental changes that have resulted from China's rapid development.  The panelists discussed how China's increasing need for resources has influenced its foreign policy in Africa, caused cultural shifts in both rural and urban areas, created potential evnironmental issues domestically from the increased use of coal, and put pressure on its water resources.  The panelists engaged in an active Q&A session with the attendees, most of whom were young professionals and students.

24 January 2013

Summary of Kerry Nomination Hearing

Senate Foreign Relations Committee

On Thursday, January 24th, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a confirmation hearing for Senator John Kerry, who has been nominated to serve as Secretary of State. In light of Senator Kerry’s nearly 29 years of service on the Committee (the last four as Chairman) and strong relationships with his colleagues, the hearing took on a largely deferential tone, though several Republican Senators continued to hammer the Administration on Benghazi. While there was relatively little in the way of direct mentions of the UN or discussion of U.S. engagement with the world body, several noteworthy exchanges from the Q&A portion of the hearing are highlighted below. In addition, it is worth noting that Senator Kerry, in his opening remarks, discussed America’s budgetary challenges and made a case for protecting the international affairs budget from drastic cuts.

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