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19 January 2018

Introduction to Spring 2018 Fellows

We are excited to announce our 2018 Graduate Fellows!  This group of 22 fellows are investing in a stronger US-UN partnership through hands-on trainings from experts in the UN, sustainability, conflict management, and more.  This incredibly talented and diverse group of fellows come from ten different countries and includes two doctoral candidates and a Fulbright Scholar.  Read more about them below.
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17 January 2018

CEDAW in DC: Gender Equity Roundtable

By Farah Faroul, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee

On November 30, 2017, the UNA-NCA CEDAW in DC Committee hosted a gender equity roundtable at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. The roundtable was both an educational forum and a planning session for an upcoming stakeholders’ meeting with the office of the City Administrator. Representatives from several local women’s rights organizations attended the event to learn more about the proposed gender audit of D.C. agencies and to share ideas for advocacy efforts. The roundtable began with a panel discussion featuring key members of the CEDAW in DC committee: Karen Mulhauser, Chair of the CEDAW in DC Committee; Karen Foreit, a senior health researcher; and Karine Lepillez, a senior gender and social equity consultant.
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10 January 2018

Renewing UNA-NCA’s commitment to US engagement with the UN for long term Peacebuilding, Development, and Human Rights

By UNA-NCA President Stephen F. Moseley

Dear colleagues and friends of UNA-NCA,

As the 2018 New Year begins, I am hopeful that our work together will be able to improve the tenor of the debates in politics surrounding the US engagement with, and support for the United Nations. In my 50 some years of adult lifetime work US engagement at the governmental and NGO levels, our connections across the world have undergone many radical changes in purpose and mission. Throughout most of these years, under both Republican and Democratic leaders, the US government along with the majority of our citizens have maintained a commitment to contribute to improving people’s lives and opportunity for positive social and economic development. Importantly, even when we have had sharp political differences with a particular country, the US has been relatively generous with both treasure and talent, with a view that working together across borders and exchanging ideas across cultures has both a near term and long term mutual benefit. These benefits include national and individual opportunity, peacebuilding, poverty alleviation, and the effect of fostering US values of human rights and dignity for all.

At a minimum, the US has been steadfast in generous support of humanitarian relief efforts, including famine relief even in North Korea in the 1990’s.  Whenever US engagement is not planned and measured for mutual human benefit, the resulting interactions often cause conflict or outright warfare and build new barriers between people, cultures and nations which can take decades to overcome. As a rich country, our economic and social investments around the world in education, health, entrepreneurship, training, encouragement of democratic ideals, attempts at peacebuilding and peacekeeping have been usually well received. This is especially true when these actions have been planned and conducted in a full partnership with the people of the country, and in concert with other donor governments and agencies with common and collaborative agendas. 
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20 December 2017

Human Rights Awards 2017

On Thursday, December 7th, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) hosted its annual Human Rights Awards Reception at the National Education Association (NEA). This event correlated with the 69th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Human Rights Day, celebrated on December 10th.

Awards were presented to Ambassador Keith Harper (ret.), former US Ambassador to the Human Rights Council in Geneva; His Excellency Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Nancy Rivard, Founder and President of Airline Ambassadors International; and Bread for the City, whose award was accepted by CEO George A. Jones.
Click the banner image below to view the complete coverage of the evening.

Human rights Awards Reception

Click here to view photos from the event!

Download the full program booklet here. 

13 December 2017

Pull out of US from International Migration Conference by President Trump stuns global community

By Stephen F. Moseley, President, UNA-NCA

On December 3rd, President Trump abruptly pulled the U.S. out of participation in the Global Compact and International Conference on Migration. The purpose of the compact and the conference is to plan a more humane global strategy on migration in light of the extraordinary and historic levels of mass migration and suffering of refugees, migrants, and other displaced people – over 30% of whom are fleeing conflict and war. The president withdrew from the conference and the compact saying involvement in the process interferes with American sovereignty and runs counter to U.S. immigration policies.

This latest withdrawal by the president from consideration of how to help address one of the most devastating global issues – the need to support people's human needs – on the week of International Human Rights Day, is directly contrary to the vast majority of American’s opinion that the U.S. should remain engaged with such UN efforts to meet humanitarian needs and to support peace efforts in the face of global conflicts. The envoys of 193 other nations participated in the conference last week in Mexico.

When added to the president's earlier decisions this year – seemingly unilateral with consultation of neither key members of the administration or congress – such as the announcement to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, and to pull out of the Paris Climate Change Accords, further underlines the United States' unwillingness to provide constructive leadership with countries around the world.

Our UNA-NCA must continue to seek more opportunities to educate and convey how important and necessary are the historical ties and commitments of the U.S. to world peace and humane actions toward those most in need.

12 December 2017

Photo Gallery: GCDC Fall Model UN Training Conference

The Fall Model UN Training Conference was a great success! Students from nine different schools around the DC-area spent the day on November 16 discussing how to protect the human rights of refugees around the world. 

Global Classrooms DC is already working on organizing the Annual Spring 2018 Model UN Conference at the U.S. Department of State. This conference will be held on April 27, 2018, and you can click here to learn more. We will start looking for volunteers starting in January of 2018, and you can sign up here

See below for a selection of pictures from the Fall 2017 Model UN Training Conference:
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11 December 2017

UNA-NCA Stands Up For Human Rights

“This year’s commemoration of Human Rights Day marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of seven decades since the adoption of one of the world’s most profound and far-reaching international agreements.  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes the equality and dignity of every human being and stipulates that every government has a core duty to enable all people to enjoy all their inalienable rights and freedoms.”

UN Secretary General António Guterres’ message on Human Rights Day.

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area celebrated International Human Rights Day on December 7, 2017 with its Annual Human Rights Awards Reception at the National Education Association. UNA-NCA members and supporters stood up for human rights recognizing the outstanding work this year’s honorees are doing to improve human rights in their communities and around the world.

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07 December 2017

Human Rights Awards 2017 Remarks by Nancy Rivard

“It is such an honor to receive this award, especially from the Lantos family, as AAI was born in their office in 1996 and they have been a fountain of inspiration and support ever since.

Secondly because my late uncle, Ambassador Jonathon Dean, was president of this United Nations Association, he also was one of my great inspirations and one of the world’s foremost authorities on nuclear disarmament.

All of us want to harvest the fruits of a life well lived, but how do we do that?
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