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10 May 2013

Cyberthreats and the Use of Force: International and Domestic Standards

Summary of the UNA-NCA and ASIL Panel

Is the UN Charter and international law actually a deterrent to cyber-warfare or just "legal window-dressing"? This was the issue put to a packed audience on Wednesday, April 17th at a meeting on Cyberthreats and the Use of Force, the first of three programs on The UN, International Law and the Use of Force held at the Tiller House, headquarters of ASIL on Sheridan Circle, in Washington, D.C.. The series is co-sponsored by UNA-NCA and the American Society of International Law (ASIL).

The panel included the following members:

  • Moderator: Frank J. Cilloffo, Director, George Washington University's Homeland Security Program
  • Prof. Catherine Lotrionte, Director of Georgetown University's Cyber Project and former Counsel to the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
  • Stewart Baker, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, former Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Col. Garry D. Brown, USAF, Ret., Deputy Legal Advisor, International Red Cross and former staff judge advocate for U.S. Cyber Command
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10 April 2013

Rice Award for Young Professionals

Presented by the Society for International Development-Washington

Are you, or do you know, a young development professional between 18 - 30 who has made a difference in the development community?

Then apply by April 20th to the Rice Award - a $1,000 prize presented during the SID-Washington 2013 Annual Conference on June 6, 2013.

Check the SID-Washington website for more information.
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09 April 2013

Around the World Embassy Tour

PassportDC-RGBThe Passport DC Around the World Embassy Tour will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 10am-4pm involving 44 non-European Union embassies who will open their doors so the public can experience international DC. Admission is free with no required reservations, and complimentary shuttle services are provided from 10am-4pm. 

Photo ID may be required for some Embassies. More information about the program and participating embassies can be found at www.passportdc.org. This event is sponsored by Cultural Tourism DC and is a part of UNA-NCA's collaboration in the Greater DC: Going Global Collaborative.

08 April 2013

Helen Clark, Administrator for UNDP, Speaking at USIP on April 18

Helen Clark, Administrator for the United Nations Development Programme, will be speaking on "Disaster Risk Reduction and Conflict Prevention" at the U.S. Institute of Peace on April 18, 2013. The topic will be considered in the framework of the current discussions at the United Nations on the new set of development priorities for the post-2015 revision of its Millennium Development Goals. USIP's Center of Innovation for Science, Technology & Peacebuilding and the National Academy of Engineering are co-sponsoring the discussion. The event is open to the public. For more information and to register, please visit the USIP website.

08 April 2013

UNA-NCA Fellows Featured in GMU News

Last month, an article in George Mason University (GMU) News featured six GMU graduate students currently in the UNA-NCA Fellows Program. The fellows praised the unique opportunities and real-world experience that they have gained through the UNA-NCA Fellows Program. "The internship provides the platform and opportunity to work under the UN system and develop practical understanding of how the United Nations works," said Mark Jeffrey, one of the current UNA-NCA Fellows.

The UNA-NCA Fellows Program is an opportunity for Washington area graduate students to build strong professional and academic skills through relevant internship experiences and a series of 10 seminars on global issues and the United Nations.
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27 March 2013

Greater DC: Going Global Collaborative

UNA-NCA Teams Up with Local Organizations for DC Youth


Pepco Holdings has convened the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Cultural Tourism DC, and the YWCA of the National Capital Area as founding partners of a collaborative that will provide a strong cultural and international program for youth from the National Capital Area. The Greater DC: Going Global Collaborative will expose youth to arts, culture, current international issues, the diplomatic corps, and Model United Nations, preparing District youth to become citizens of this ever-changing world.
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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.

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