29 December 2016
Law of the Sea Treaty (UNCLOS) Program
Join the UNA-NCA International Law Committee as they discuss efforts to urge the incoming Administration to make a push for ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty!
Do recent events in the South China Sea, the Arctic and Iran show that the failure of the United States to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty harms our economic, national security, and environmental interests and jeopardizes our global leadership in the 21st century? A range of U.S. business interests, the U.S. military and environmental groups support ratification. As a signatory, the U.S. would have standing to object to claims to territorial seas by other nations, preserve our military’s navigational rights to innocent passage, object to environmental violations, and lay claims to oil and gas reserves in the Arctic and the seabed. Or, as critics claim, would ratification threaten U.S. sovereignty? Join us for a discussion of the political, legal, economic, and security implications of non-ratification of the Treaty and how that influences international affairs.
Where: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 385
2 Constitution Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
Professor John Norton Moore
Additional speakers to be confirmed.
Registration will open soon.
08 December 2016
2016 Human Rights Awards
Join us for the annual UNA-NCA Human Rights Awards Reception honoring outstanding leaders in the human rights community and celebrating the 71st Anniversary of the United Nations.
In honor of the 68th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNA-NCA will recognize individuals and organizations working to improve human rights in their communities and around the world.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Reception at 5:15 pm
Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres included
Program is 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Cannon House Office Building
27 Independence Ave SE
Washington, D.C., 20003
This year's honorees are:
Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award
Ms. Felice Gaer
Director, Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights
Presented by Navanethem Pillay
, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Perdita Huston Human Rights Award
Ms. Ritu Sharma
Co-Founder and Former President, Women Thrive Worldwide
Director, Global Center for Gender and Youth, International Youth Foundation
Presented by Karen Mulhauser
, former Chair at UNA-USA, Former President at UNA-NCA
F. Allen "Tex" Harris Human Rights Diplomacy Award
Community Human Rights Award
Latin American Youth Center
Award Presented to Lori Kaplan
, President and Chief Executive Officer
Presented by Jose Antonio Tijerino
, President and CEO, Hispanic Heritage Foundation
Young Professional/Student: $50
Non-Member Young Professional/Student*: $70
Students under the age of 25 are eligible for free UNA-NCA membership.
Sponsor (Individual/organization name listed in the program)
Non-member Sponsor*: $120*Non-member tickets include UNA-NCA membership
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Honorary Committee Members
Stanley & Marion Bergman Family Charitable Fund, AJC's Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Administrative Council
Representative Donald S. Beyer, Jr., Member of the US House of Representatives from Virginia’s 8th District
Mr. Jerry H. Biederman, Chair, AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Administrative Council
Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (ret.), UNA-NCA President
Ms. Roberta Cohen, AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Administrative Council
Representative Gerald E. Connolly. Member of the US House of Representatives from Virginia's 11th District
Representative Elijah Cummings, Member of the US House of Representatives from Maryland’s 7th District
Mr. Ned Dubilo, American Jewish Committee Executive Council
A. Edward Elmendorf, Former UNA-USA President, Former UNA-USA President
Councilmember Jack Evans, Councilmember of the District of Columbia
Mr. E. Robert Goodkind, Chairman Emeritus, AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Administrative Council
Councilmember David Grosso, Councilmember of the District of Columbia
Mr. David A. Harris, CEO, American Jewish Committee
Mr. Michael Hirschhorn, AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Administrative Council
David W. Inlander, Chair, American Jewish Committee Interreligious Affairs Commission
Ambassador Robert R. King, Special Envoy on North Korean Human Rights Issues, U.S. Department of State
Ms. Karen Mulhauser, Founder, Mulhauser & Associates; Chair, UNA-USA
Daniel Pincus, AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Administrative Council
Mr. Daniel Price, AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Administrative Council
Mr. Robert Rifkind, Senior Counsel at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; former Advisory Board Chair of the Jacob Blaustein Institute
Mr. Bruce Rubin, AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Administrative Council
Harriet P. Schleifer, Chair, American Jewish Committee National Board of Governors
Judge Stephen M. Schwebel
Ms. Jane Silverman, AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Administrative Council
Mr. David Squire, AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Administrative Council
Councilmember Mary Thompson, Councilmember of the District of Columbia
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17 November 2016
The Empowerment of Women in Sustainability
The UNA-NCA Committee on Sustainable Development will be hosting a panel discussion on the empowerment of women in sustainability on November 17, 2016. The discussion will highlight Global Goal #5: Gender Equality.
6:30 – 7:00
Check-in & Networking Reception
7:00 – 7:05
Patrick Realiza, Chair, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee
7:05 – 7:45
Patrick Realiza, Chair, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee
Pari Kasotia, Deputy Director, The Solar Foundation
Katherine Arnold, Senior Program Associate, Humanitarian Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, United Nations Foundation
7:45 – 8:15
Questions and Answers from Audience
8:15 – 8:30
Closing Remarks by Patrick Realiza
When: Thursday, November 17; 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Where: 1775 K St NW #400, Washington, DC 20006
01 November 2016
UNA-USA History Book Launch
Join UNA-NCA for the launch of the book "UNA-USA: A Little Known History of Advocacy and Action"
The book documents 70 years of dedicated and independent action and advocacy for the United Nations and sound US policies in support of the UN, by civic leaders, policy experts, diplomats, and UNA-USA leaders and members across the country. The work of UNA-USA luminaries, such as Clark Eichelberger, Eleanor Roosevelt, Elliot Richardson, Ed Luck, Toby Gati, John Whitehead, and Bill Luers is discussed at length, using original archive material and interviews. Extensive information is featured on the actions of UNA members and chapters. UNA-USA policy studies, human rights programs, and education activities are covered, making the book the first full documentation of the organization from its start. The book concludes with the alliance between UNA-USA and the UN Foundation. Discounted copies of the book will be sold and signed by the author at the launch event. Light snacks will be provided.
- James Wurst
Author, Producer, Journalist, Analyst
Lead author Jim Wurst is well-known among UN journalists as an analyst specializing in international security issues. Based at the United Nations since 1987, Jim has been a reporter for the National Journal Group (UN Wire and the Global Security Newswire), Inter Press Service, The InterDependent, and LGMA.TV. He has also contributed to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and Arms Control Today. He is the former Editor of Disarmament Times (New York) and Disarmament Campaigns (The Hague). He has written on nuclear weapons, land mines, the arms trade, climate change, financing for development, peacekeeping, UN reform and international law, and he has reported from Europe, Southern Africa and Mexico. His work has been published in anthologies, including A Global Agenda: Issues Before the United Nations 2010-2011, published by the UNA-USA. Jim has held numerous positions in the United Nations Correspondents' Association (UNCA), including President (2005).
- Dulcie Leimbach
Founder of PassBlue, United Nations Association Publications Director
Lead editor Dulcie Leimbach is the founder of PassBlue, a digital publication reporting on the United Nations that is a project of the Ralph Bunche Institute of International Studies at the City University of New York. She is a Bunche Institute fellow. Previously, she was the publications director of UNA-USA, and before that an editor for more than 20 years at the New York Times.
- A. Edward Elmendorf
Past President of UNA-USA, Past President of UNA-NCA
Former UNA-USA President and CEO, A. Edward Elmendorf, initiated the project and is directing it. Previously employed at the US Mission to the UN, the UN Secretariat, and the World Bank, he is co-author of Better Health in Africa (World Bank, 1994), and has served as a national and local UNA-USA volunteer leader.
When: Tuesday, November 1, 5:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Where: United Nations Foundation, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW #300, Washington, DC 20006
24 October 2016
UN Day Trivia Night With the Young Professionals
Join UNA-NCA, its Young Professionals, and the World Affairs Council DC for a night of international trivia!
On October 24th, 2016, to celebrate UN Day, join UNA-NCA and its Young Professionals Program along with the World Affairs Council DC for their WorldQuest Pub Quiz! This is a monthly international affairs-themed trivia event, so bring your friends and come test your knowledge of global issues. If you would like to participate on a UNA-NCA team, contact the Young Professionals Program at
When: October 24, 2016; 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Where: Lucky Bar, 1221 Connecticut Avenue NW, DC 20036
Cost: $10 per team payable at the door
Each team is composed of no more than 4 players
22 October 2016
Young Professionals' Career Dinner Series
UNA-NCA invites you to the fall 2016 installment of its signature Young Professionals' Career Dinner Series!
This semi-annual event brings together young professionals with experts in their chosen fields to discuss career paths, share personal stories, and network. The evening begins with a networking reception at the United Nations Foundation, followed by separate topical dinners at UNF and at private homes in the DC Metro Area. Each dinner features distinguished speakers who will answer attendees' questions and offer advice based on experience in the industry. When:
Saturday, October 22
5:00 pm Networking Reception
7:00 pm Dinner Where:
United Nations Foundation
1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW, 12th floor
Washington, DC 20006 Cost:
$45 for members
$55 for non-members
*Students under the age of 25 are eligible for free membership! Join here!
, Director of HRC Global at Human Rights Campaign
To register, click on the dinner topic you are interested in.
Careers in Public Health - Sold Out
- Elvira Beracochea, Founder, President & CEO, Realizing Global Health
- Olumide Elegbe, Senior Manager for Corporate and Foundation Relations, Management Sciences for Health
- Vina HuLamm, Global Health Manager, American Public Health Association
Careers in International Law - Sold Out
- Renee Dopplick, Editor, Inside Justice
- Mark Tyndall, Vice President, Government Affairs, Policy and Patient Advocacy, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
Women in Entrepreneurship and Leadership
- Karen Mulhauser, Founder of Mulhauser and Associates, Past Chair of UNA-USA, Past UNA-NCA President
- Kristen Grimm, President, Spitfire Strategies
- Stephanie Goetsch, Founder and CEO, Spark Career Strategy
Careers in International EducationSpeakers:
- Elizabeth Latham, Program Officer, US Department of State
- Denisse Arias, Senior Associate, Government & Multilateral Partnerships, Teach for All
Humanitarian Careers - Sold Out
- Dawn Calabia, Honorary Senior Advisor to Refugees International, UNA-NCA Board Member
- Michael R. Marsh, Regional Director, Foundation & Institutional Advisor, Northern Trust, UNA-NCA Board Member
Careers in International Service - Sold Out
- Luis Mendez, UNA Chapman Cox Fellow, US Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State
- Naakoshie Mills, African Union and Multilateral Affairs Officer, US Department of State
- Yesim Oruc, Deputy Director, UN Development Program
Careers in International Journalism and Communication
- Steve Dorsey, Executive Editor and Correspondent for Radio, CBS News
- Sarah Jackson-Han, Communications, Partnerships and Policy Adviser, UN Development Program
20 October 2016
Embassy Series Concert with the Ambassador of Colombia
Join the Embassy Series with the Ambassador of Colombia and UNA-NCA for a concert in commemoration of UN Day at the Residence of the Ambassador of Colombia.
UNA-NCA (ret.) Amb. Donald T. Bliss will be speaking at the event. The event will also feature classical guitarist Nilko Andreas Guarin and harpist Mélanie Genin. Since his Carnegie hall debut in 2009, Guarin has been winning awards and captivating audiences in two continents as a soloist and chamber musician. Genin, a native of France, arrived on the scene after having performed extensively in Paris and throughout Europe. She was noted as a "singular harp virtuoso, with an exquisitely sensitive playing" by the Epoch Times.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
6:45pm for cocktails and hors d'œuvres
concert starts at 7:30pm; reception to follow concert.
Residence of the Ambassador of Colombia
1520 20th Street, NW, Washington D.C., 20036
Cost: $150 (includes: buffet, wine, and valet parking)
18 October 2016
The Legacy of Ban Ki-moon and the Challenges Facing the Next Secretary-General
As the United Nations welcomes a new Secretary-General and the United States elects a new President and Congress, US leadership has never been more essential in charting the future course of the United Nations. To celebrate a new beginning at this time of transition and change, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area is hosting a program during UN Month.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Reception at 5:30 p.m.
Program at 7:00 p.m.
National Education Association
1201 16th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
The Honorable Robert C. Orr
Dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and Under Secretary General of the United Nations and Special Advisor to the Secretary General on Climate Change
Additional Remarks From:
Dr. Esther Brimmer
Professor of Practice of International Affairs at Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Bureau
Joshua Black (invited)
Director for Multilateral Affairs, National Security Council
Program: $20 for members, $30 for non-members
Reception* and Program: $40 for members, $50 for non-members
*Reception begins at 5:30pm and includes hors d'oeuvres and cocktails
Host Committee (in formation)
Tim Barner and Kathy Guthrie
Robert Berg and Vivian Derryck
Ambassador David E. Birenbaum (ret.)
Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (ret.)
Dawn and Tino Calabia
Heather Lane Chauny
The Honorable William T. Coleman, Jr. and Mrs. Lovida H. Coleman
The Honorable Esther Coopersmith
Robert H. Craft, Jr.
Edison W. Dick, Esq.
A. Edward Elmendorf
Ambassador Nancy Ely-Raphel
Roger Griffis in honor of Richard and Anne Griffis
Ambassador Donald Hays (ret.)
Ambassador Princeton N. Lyman
Ambassador Donald McHenry
Ambassador George Moose
Ambassador Connie Morella (ret.)
Stephen F. Moseley
Ambassador Lynn Pascoe
Ambassador Thomas Pickering
Mary Oakes Smith
Ambassador Phillip C. Wilcox
Ambassador William Wood
John Miller Duff, Jr.
Kasara E. Davidson and Diaspora Enterprise Solutions
Anne L. Howard-Tristani
Lois A. Mares
Miles & Stockbridge Foundation
National Education Association
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