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28 February 2018

President of the UN General Assembly Addresses UNA-USA Global Engagement Summit

By Farah Faroul, Member, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee

The UNA-USA Global Engagement Summit held on February 23rd at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City welcomed more than 1,200 members from across the United States. The Honorable Teta Banks, Chair of the UNA-USA National Council introduced His Excellency Miroslav Lajcak, President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly and Foreign Minister of the Slovak Republic who reminded participants of the major world events that prompted the creation of the UN.

Following two world wars, a major global platform was needed for nations to come together, hold peaceful talks, resolve issues and prevent future wars. He further submitted that the prevention of war is the “noble cause” of the UN. Following the creation of the UN in 1945, several multilateral bodies were created. However, the UN is unique in that it is the only universal multilateral body with open membership for all countries, such as the League of Arab Nations, the Organization of American States and the Council of Europe. He further submitted that 72 years later that the UN is still very much needed and encouraged everyone to stand up in defense of it. On the role of the UN General Assembly (GA), President Lajcak submitted that while it does not deliver binding decisions, it can level the playing field by giving all member states the same voice and same platform to have their issues heard.
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28 February 2018

Private Sector’s Role in Achieving the Global Goals

By Farah Faroul, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee

On February 23rd, the first-afternoon breakout session of the Global Engagement Summit took place at the United Nations General Assembly Hall and focused on the timely topic of the “Private Sector’s Role in the Global Goals”. Donna Rosa, President of the UNA-USA Northern New Jersey Chapter, moderated the panel discussion with Natalie Africa, Senior Director,  UN Every Woman Every Child Initiative; Jennifer Ann Ragland, Senior Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations, Coca-Cola; and Tim McCollum, Co-Founder of Madecasse.
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21 February 2018

2018 Call for Nominations for UNA-NCA Officer and At-large Positions

According to Article IX of UNA-NCA’s bylaws, the Governance Committee of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) will constitute itself in a Nominating Committee from time to time. The Nominating Committee chaired by Board Member at large Renee Dopplick, wishes to invite UNA-NCA members to submit names of candidates, including themselves, for vacant officer and 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.

We invite your suggestions for nominees for the positions listed below. Names and a brief statement of the nominee's qualifications should be submitted by March 15, 2018 via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or via fax at 202-223-6096.

Because UNA-NCA intentionally does not elect all its officers at the same time, there are many positions in which the incumbent is either completing a term or can remain in office for another term if re-elected. The Governance Committee seeks candidates that include, but are not limited to, stakeholders from corporate, philanthropic, government, foreign policy, international relations and academic leadership. The committee also seeks nominees that will help enhance the board’s reflection of key diversity dimensions, including geographic region, race, age, gender, education and socioeconomic class.

After consideration by the Nominating Committee, the election results will be presented at the June 8th Annual Membership Meeting.

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21 February 2018

2019 Call for Nominations for UNA-NCA Officer and At-large Positions

According to Article IX of UNA-NCA’s bylaws, the Governance Committee of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) will constitute itself in a Nominating Committee from time to time. The Nominating Committee chaired by Board Member at large Jill Christianson wishes to invite UNA-NCA members to submit names of candidates, including themselves, for vacant officer and at-large positions on the UNA-NCA Board of Directors.

The UNA-NCA's bylaws stipulate that 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.

We invite your suggestions for nominees for the positions listed below. Names and a 100-word statement of the nominee's qualifications should be submitted by close of business on March 28, 2019 via email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or via fax at 202-223-6096. 

Because UNA-NCA intentionally does not elect all its officers at the same time, there are many positions in which the incumbent is either completing a term or can remain in office for another term if re-elected. The Governance Committee seeks candidates that include, but are not limited to, stakeholders from corporate, philanthropic, government, foreign policy, international relations and academic leadership. The committee also seeks nominees that will help enhance the board’s reflection of key diversity dimensions, including race, age, gender, education, socioeconomic class, and geographic region.

After consideration by the Nominating Committee, the election results will be presented at the Annual Membership Meeting on June 7that the UN Foundation. 


Officers (two-year term)

President
 
Vice President for Communications

Vice President for Development

Vice President for Finance and Treasurer

Vice President for Membership and Volunteer Engagement

Vice President for Programs

Vice President for Strategy and Operations

Vice President for Young Professionals

Student Representative (one year term)


Members-at-large of the Board of Directors (three-year term)

 

       Four positions open.

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The Officers UNA-NCA Executive Committee meet every other month and are expected to commit 5-10 hours a week to the organization. The Officers and Directors at large are expected to participate in Board of Directors meetings (minimum of four per year). 

According to the bylaws, Board members define strategic directions for UNA-NCA, to fulfill financial and managerial oversight responsibilities, to volunteer time to UNA-NCA Committees, to recruit members, to help to identify new funding sources, to assist in fundraising, and to make annual gifts that represent significant and meaningful commitment, with full appreciation for the person's financial ability and other obligations

The Board adopted an annual contribution policy of $500 ($200 from each Board member and $300 “give or get”). The policy enables every Board member to be recognized as a Global Citizen in the UNA-NCA Annual Report. Board participation and compliance with this policy will be taken into account by the Governance Committee during this year’s nomination process.  

If you have any questions about the positions vacant please do not hesitate to contact Nominating Committee Chair Jill Christianson at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and Executive Director Paula Boland at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 202.223.6092.




13 February 2018

Recently Announced U.S. FY19 Budget Threatens Dozens of UN Programs

By: Stephen Moseley, President, UNA-NCA

Dear UNA-NCA Colleagues,

Most regrettably, the U.S. Administration’s 2019 budget delivered February 12th to the U.S. Congress proposes devastating budget cuts to almost every UN account and agency. The cuts range from 20 percent from UN Peacekeeping; 100 percent from agencies such as UNDP, UNFPA, the UN Environment Programme and UN Women; and 50 percent from the World Health Organization, and the Food and Agriculture Organization. Overall, the State Department and U.S. foreign affairs budgets – which includes the U.S. funding for the UN – would be a cut by 23 percent while the Pentagon’s budget would increase by 15 percent.

The budgets for programs of the UN and U.S. foreign aid assistance will also be cut to those countries which have made votes against or expressed disagreement with the U.S. on its foreign policy. While the administration says it will not use this barometer for deciding on humanitarian assistance, already it has cut 2018 UN funds required to operate the refugee programs in the West Bank and Gaza by 50 percent.

The implications of these cuts for all Americans is a drastic reduction in the programs that stand for long-term global peace in addition to fair and equitable support of peoples’ basic human needs. These are reductions of critical programs that help spur social and economic development and enable the most vulnerable to succeed in helping themselves. In the grand scheme of budget planning, full funding of U.S. support to the UN and its agencies would be less than half of one percent of the U.S. budget. The U.S. can well afford to meet these commitments to the UN and world peace. However, the U.S. can ill afford the high costs of slower global development, more wars and violence, and the increases in pressure for migration that will plague years to come if the UN is not adequately funded. 

UNA-NCA, with its members’ support, will continue to join in the significant efforts being made by civil society organizations in the U.S. and globally to stop these excessive roll backs of U.S. engagement for peace and long-term security. 

Sincerely,

Stephen Moseley



12 February 2018

UNA-NCA Fellowship 2018 SDG and Development

By Grace Maliska, UNA-NCA Graduate Fellow


On February 9th, the UNA-NCA Fellowship met at George Washington University to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals with five distinguished speakers.

  • Steve Mosley, UNA-NCA President
  • Nancy Donaldson, former ILO Director
  • Asma Lateef, Bread for the World Institute Director
  • Sam Worthington, Interaction CEO
  • Yesim Oruc, UNDP Deputy Director, Washington DC office
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07 February 2018

New disputes and funding dilemmas between US Administration and the UN threaten World Peace and Prosperity

By Stephen F. Moseley, President, UNA-NCA

Dear Colleagues,

Many of you are likely aware of the challenges regarding UN funding from the US for the current fiscal year. The result so far has been very serious delays and interruptions of the funds for humanitarian aid to refugees in all areas of the world. These challenges have also weakened support for the famine crises in Africa, Yemen, and other areas – such as Central America – where the burdening repercussions of climate change are devastating rural farming efforts. By interrupting medical supplies for severe disease outbreaks, in addition to nutritional deficits from widespread food shortages, funding gaps are hindering childhood development and having lasting effects on future generations.
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