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24 April 2017

UNA-NCA Seeks Development Associate

United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) is seeking a part-time Development Associate.

Position: Development Associate

Part time: 24 hours/week

The Development Associate is responsible for supporting fundraising efforts and building a systemic approach for financial support for UNA-NCA’s major initiatives. Critical elements of this position include managing timelines and tracking progress and deliverables, development of letters, emails and packets, grant writing, prospect research, outreach and reporting. This position is also responsible for performing associated communications and marketing tasks to support UNA-NCA resource development efforts.

The Development Associate reports to the Executive Director of UNA-NCA and works closely with the Development Committee, Board of Directors, Membership and Programs Director, and other team members.
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05 April 2017

UNA-NCA Young Professionals Board of Directors Position Openings - Spring 2017

The UNA-NCA Young Professionals program cultivates future globally minded leaders in international affairs, spanning nonprofits and the public and private sectors through professional development programming and leadership and mentorship opportunities. YP BOARD OF DIRECTORS POSITIONS SUMMARY

UNA-NCA seeks motivated individuals for the UNA-NCA Young Professionals Program to fill five (5) volunteer leadership roles on the YP Board of Directors to serve as a co-director for a specific portfolio. These positions provide key leadership and programmatic support to the Association's full membership, in support of wider strategic organizational goals and initiatives overseen by the Executive Committee and full-time staff. The YP Board of Directors oversees a portfolio of activities related to UNA-NCA's Young Professionals membership, events, communications and government affairs initiatives.

  • Volunteer Leadership Position.
  • 2-5 hours per week.
  • Up to three (3) monthly in person meetings held in the Washington D.C. Metro area.
  • Directors are selected to serve a 2 year term, with the opportunity to extend.
  • Applicants must reside in the greater Washington D.C. area and be current UNA-NCA Members. Join here and select DC-Nat'l Capital Area Division as your chapter.
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30 March 2017

UNA-NCA President's Statement: UN Ambassador Haley Sets Forth Important Priorities as the US Assumes Security Council Presidency


In her address to the Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday, US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nicki Haley, set forth three priorities that she will advance when the US assumes the presidency of the UN Security Council in April.

First, she stated that human rights should be essential to the Security Council's peace and security mission. She contended that the abuse of human rights is often the cause of conflict, that it should be addressed up front by the Security Council, and that the United States should be a strong advocate of human rights as "the moral conscience of the world." We agree. Hopefully when Ambassador Haley visits the Human Rights Council in Geneva in June, she will learn that US leadership at the HRC is essential in shaping the agenda and addressing human rights abuses around the world.

Second, Ambassador Haley called for a comprehensive review of UN Peacekeeping missions. Hopefully she will draw upon the many studies that have been done and recognize the value to US national security of UN peacekeepers protecting civilians and keeping the peace in conflict areas, often in failed and failing states that are breeding grounds for terrorism, where the US would not want to send boots on the ground. It is timely and appropriate to evaluate the specific mandate, need for, and performance of each peacekeeping mission, and to ensure that peacekeepers are well trained and accountable. UN peacekeeping can and should be a very cost-effective tool in the US defense arsenal that the Administration seeks to strengthen.

Finally, Ambassador Haley reaffirmed her commitment and that of the Secretary General to seek reforms at the UN that will make it more effective in realizing the vision of the San Francisco Charter. We agree that US constructive leadership, working closely with like-minded allies and the new Secretary General, is essential to an effective United Nations.

- Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (retired) 



21 March 2017

GCDC Spring Conference Keynote Announced



Click the video to see a short documentary about the first-ever U.S. Youth Observer to the UN, Brooke Loughrin

The U.S. Youth Observer to the UN, Nicol Perez, will be giving the keynote speech at Global Classrooms DC's (GCDC) 14th Annual Spring Model United Nations Conference. The May 2nd event is expecting hundreds of middle and high school students, as well as enthusiastic and dedicated educators, parents, volunteers, staff, and guests. 

NicolPerezNicol, a graduate from the University of Florida, worked as the "president of Nourish International, a student-run, non-profit organization that works towards making a sustainable impact on communities around the world. During her time at UF, Nicol spearheaded a project in Guatemala City, alongside 3 other students, where they taught business classes to a group of 50 single mothers living in extreme poverty and provided them with the tools and skills needed to start their own businesses. At UF, Nicol co-founded the Global Leadership Program where elected students spent a semester leading business ventures around campus to raise money to start a Goat farm in Uganda. Later, Nicol studied abroad in Bangkok, Thailand where she volunteered with the Mechai Viravaidya Foundation for a semester. Upon graduation, Nicol received an Outstanding Leadership Award for her work in Guatemala."

Click here to learn more about Nicol 





15 March 2017

UNA-NCA President's Statement: US Leadership at the United Nations Has Never Been More Important

The first member of President Trump's foreign policy team to be confirmed by the Senate was UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. In her confirmation hearing, then Governor Haley testified: "I don't think we need to pull money out of the UN....we don't believe in slash and burn... We need to look at each and every mission, see what we are doing and how to make it more effective... As I've said, you can never win with slash and burn techniques." Since then Ambassador Haley has been the most effective foreign policy spokesperson in the Trump Administration, vigorously taking on Russian aggression in Crimea and the Ukraine, North Korean missile and nuclear mischief, and Syrian crimes against humanity. She has articulated a US foreign policy most consistent with bipartisan US foreign policy since World War II, thereby showing how US leadership at the United Nations is an essential tool in the US national security arsenal.

The unfortunate unfolding of the Trump Administration's proposed deep budget cuts in the funding of the State Department, the United Nations, and Foreign Assistance and its apparent intent to withdraw from UN agencies with which it disagrees represents a stark departure from the post-World War II global order designed, created, and advanced by both Republican and Democratic Administrations. Yes, for a time, the US sought to withhold funding from the UN, but funding was quickly restored after 9/11 when we woke up and realized that we were no longer an oasis, immune from the forces of evil and good in the global community. We recognized that the challenges we face in the 21st century are inherently global and need a global response-- terrorism, pandemics, an interconnected global economy, fair trade, climate change, migration, nuclear proliferation, among others.
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07 March 2017

National Capital Area Chapter of the United Nations Association Adopts A Refugee School in Kenya

Funds raised will help build classrooms and purchase school supplies through the nationwide Adopt-A-Future campaign in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Washington, D.C. (March 7, 2016) — The National Capital Area (NCA) chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) announced today that it is adopting the Elnino School in Dadaab, Kenya as part of the Adopt-A-Future campaign which supports refugee education worldwide in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The NCA chapter has set a fundraising goal of $30,000 to help build classrooms and purchase school supplies for the Dadaab School, which serves 928 male students and 668 female students for a total of 1,596 students ages 6 to 13 who have been forced to flee their homes in the midst of devastating conflict.

"We have all seen the heartbreaking images of refugee children who have been forced to leave their homes to escape violence and war," said the NCA chapter of the UNA. "If these children can't get an education in the camps where they are currently sheltering, they won't have the skills they need to either return home, should conditions allow, or to make a life for themselves in another country." NCA residents will make a difference in the lives of students who have already been through so much by supporting the Adopt-A-Future campaign, which seeks to prevent a lost generation of millions of refugee children."

It is currently estimated that over 65 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced from their homes, the highest figure ever recorded. Approximately 600,000 refugees currently reside in Kenya; more than half of these refugees are under 18 years old. The Adopt-A-Future Campaign supports refugee children worldwide, but is currently giving special emphasis to Kenya as the country has absorbed thousands of new refugees from conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Somalia, but has received little media attention and very limited philanthropic support.

All funds raised through the Adopt-A-Future campaign will be matched by the Educate A Child Fund of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nassar of Qatar and other philanthropic partners. To help the chapter meet its fundraising goal, please visit http://www.unausa.org/programs/adopt-a-future.

All donations to the Adopt-A-Future campaign are tax deductible.



01 March 2017

The Refugee Crisis: UNA-NCA’s Response

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UNA-USA has launched a campaign to raise funds to support the education of refugee children around the world. We need your help.


There are 70 million refugees and displaced persons in the world, more than the combined population of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand-- the largest number in recorded history.

And more than half of them are children. 80 percent are women and children.

One out of every 113 people on the planet is uprooted-- that's 24 people every minute. They are forced from their homes because of persecution, violence, conflict or natural disasters.

The average length of time a person is displaced is 17 years. Children become adults. Will they have the education and training to be productive members of society when they return home or resettle in a new country?

A refugee child who is not in school is at risk of being abused, trafficked, or radicalized by extremist groups.

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is working to prevent a lost generation by educating refugees children in camps and other settlements around the world. But they need our help.

To put it diplomatically, many of us are concerned that the United States government today is not as welcoming to refugees as we should be and have been historically. We need to step up and take action to address this global crisis, and UNA-NCA now provides the opportunity!

The United Nations Association-- USA has initiated the "Adopt-A-Future" program to provide educational facilities, equipment, textbooks, backpacks, and uniforms to refugee children around the world. For example, it provides support to some 60 schools in two UNHCR camps in Kenya, housing the largest number of refugees in the world.

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA), one of the largest and most active chapters of UNA-USA, is raising funds to support "Adopt-A-Future" and to enable our chapter to provide assistance to schools for refugees in Africa and the Middle East. Please contribute to this worthy cause. Contributions are fully tax deductible.

Ways to contribute:

  1. Mail a check made out to UNA-NCA with “Adopt-A-Future” written on the memo line.
  2. Bring a check or cash to the UNA-NCA office, 2000 P Street NW Suite 630, Washington, DC, 20036.
  3. Call UNA-NCA at 202-223-6092 for contributions through credit card.
  4. Contribute online here and make sure to mark chapter as "DC-National Capital Area" as your local chapter.

We will keep you posted on the campaign and on the schools that we help on our website.

Your support is welcome and greatly appreciated.

With deepest gratitude,
Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (Retired)
President, United Nations Association of the National Capital Area



15 February 2017

Statement by the UNA-NCA President on Whether the Carbon Tax is the Way Forward on Implementing the Paris Climate Agreement


When some of the leading statesmen of previous Republican administrations form the Climate Leadership Council and call for a Carbon Tax, it is time to listen. Former Secretaries of State James Baker and George Shultz, former Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Paulson, and former presidential economic advisors, Marty Feldman and Greg Mankiw have proposed a market based solution to combat the devastation of global warming and satisfy US commitments under the Paris agreement.

While we await the evolution of the Trump Administration's policies on climate change and the Paris Agreement and as Congress and the Administration work on tax reform and deficit reduction, it is time to put a carbon tax on the table. In his previous life, Secretary of State Tillerson called for a carbon tax, and Secretary Mattis' Defense Department has recognized the serious national security implications of climate change. Democratic members of Congress from the UNA-NCA region, such as Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman John Delaney, have previously proposed carbon tax legislation. It is time for the parities to work together in considering how a carbon tax would address many of the global and domestic challenges we face.

UNA-NCA is not endorsing any specific proposal or approach, but we urge both parties in Congress and the Administration to give serious consideration to incorporating a carbon tax in tax reform and climate change legislation.

- Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (Ret.)
President, UNA-NCA



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