Home :: News & Events :: Past Events
17 December 2020

Walking For Freedom: A Deep Look into the Venezuelan Humanitarian Crisis


The UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will present a documentary and discussion about the Venezuelan migration crisis.
 
More than 4 million Venezuelans are living outside of Venezuela as of June of 2019. That number is set to soar to 5.3 million by the end of the year which translates to 5,000 people fleeing each day. Venezuela is home to one of the countries with the biggest emigrant population in the hemisphere, this is why Walking for Freedom, a documentary, immerses the viewer to what the migrants go through. From walking through the Simon Bolivar International Bridge that links Venezuela and Colombia, to passing through perilous “trocha” routes, all migrants face obstacles on the way. This event and panel will portray the life of those who take part in this risky odyssey as well as bring awareness in the community.

When: Tuesday, December 17, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Where: Zoom
Cost: Free, but registration is required

Register Here



10 December 2020

2020 Human Rights Awards


final_2020_Human_Rights_Awards

Each year, UNA-NCA commemorates the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a celebratory event. 

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and the 72nd 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.


Cage_free_voices

This year, we are excited to partner with Bathsheba Smithen and Cage Free Voices for a spoken word performance with musical accompaniment during the event!  You can learn more about their work here.




Register Here




When:
Thursday, December 10th, 2020

Time:
4:30pm to 6:30pm
Where:
Zoom



The 2020 Honorees are:

Louis B. Sohn Award:
Dean Claudio Grossman
Professor and Dean Emeritus, American University Washington College of Law

Perdita Huston Award
Professor Susan Deller Ross
Director, International Women's Human Rights Clinic, Georgetown Law

F. Allen “Tex” Harris Diplomacy Award
Erin Barclay & Scott Busby
U.S. Department of State

Community Human Rights Award
People for Fairness Coalition DC-Based non-profit working to end housing instability 



Tickets:

Free!

Register Here
Registration ends at 11:59 pm on 12/9



Contact our President, Paula Boland, at paula@unanca.org with any questions about sponsorship and tributes.



27 October 2020

UN at 75: Past. Present. Progress Building The Future We Want

UN75-UNA-Logo_clause_blue_copy

In honor of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area 
invites you to 
 
Featuring Keynote Remarks by
UNDP_Ulrika_Modeer_Bio

Ms. Ulrika Modéer
Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy 
United Nations Development Program

Expert discussions with

Dr. Robert Orr
Dean of the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change

 
Presentation of the 2020 UNA-NCA Edison Dick Advocacy Award

The Honorable Barbara Lee
Congresswoman for the 13th District of California

 
Attendees with have the opportunity to engage in UN75 Consultation Report Breakout Sessions on the following topics:

  • Global Health
  • Peace & Security
  • Gender Equity
  • Human Rights
  • Sustainable Development
  • International Law
 
When: Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 4:30-6:30 pm
Where: Zoom
Cost: Free, but registration is required
 
Registration is Now Closed
 

Please consider supporting UNA-NCA programs. Donate here or become a sponsor.

Sponsors:

Diplomatic Leader
Judith Edstrom
Stephen F. Moseley

Diplomatic Partner
airschott1
Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (Ret.)
A. Edward Elmendorf


Diplomatic Supporter
Tim Barner and Kathy Guthrie 
Jill Christianson
Larry Cooley and Marina Fening
Billie Ann Day
Edison W. Dick, Esq.
Ambassador Keith Harper (Ret.)
Ritu Sharma 
Richard Seifman 

Diplomatic Friend
wBLHtkmb
Kristen Hecht 
Lori Kaplan
Ellen McGovern
Loyce Pace






24 October 2020

Fall 2020 Young Professionals' Career Series


P1010902

On Saturday, October 24th, 2020, UNA-NCA invites students and young professionals to participate in its semi-annual Young Professionals' Career Series.

When: 
Saturday, October 24, 2020
12:00 - 2:00 pm

Where: 
Online

Cost:
Members and Students: $20
Non-Members: $25
Combination ticket that includes one year of membership: $35

Sessions:
Professional speakers in each of the topics will offer career advice and guidance, and share personal stories of experience in their particular fields. Attendees are encouraged to ask specific or general questions about the field and engage in conversation in a uniquely intimate and comfortable setting.



hazami_portrait_1_3

The Keynote speaker for this year is Hazami Barmada, public affairs and social impact strategist, consultant, and social entrepreneur.  Learn more about Hazami here.

Register Here!
Please be advised that you are only allowed to register for one series.

Each series has its own length of the program.



Careers in Advocacy: Running for Office (Postponed)

Speakers:
Jordan Hibbs, UNA-NCA Director at Large/Running for DC ANC Commissioner 6E04
Mussab Ali, Board Member, Jersey City Board of Education

Will be held virtually.

Registration open now!



Careers in International Environmental  Law (Postponed)

Speakers:
Cornelia Hartman, Environmental Consultant, AFRY

Charles Di Leva, Chief Counsel, World Bank Group

Will be held virtually.

Registration open now!



Careers in the UN

Speakers:
Kristi Pelzel, UNA-NCA Graduate Fellow 2018; Rostered at UN
Liz Lizama, Communications and Social Media Coordinator, International Organization for Migration
Sarah Morgan,
Senior Government Relations Officer, International Labour Organization

Will be held virtually.

Registration open now!



Careers in Global Health (Postponed)

Speakers:
Adanna Chukwuma, Health Specialist, World Bank
Sia Nowrojee, Executive Director, 3D Program for Girls and Women, United Nations Foundation

Will be held virtually.


Registration open now!




Fall 2020 Career Series Sponsors:

Career Leader:
A. Edward Elmendorf
Stephen F. Moseley

CareerPartner:
Jill Christianson
Jordan Hibbs
Tom Bradley
Eagle Bank

Career Supporter:
Diana Ohlbaum
Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs
Lori Kaplan




15 October 2020

UN75 Coffee Chat: The Future We Want


The_Future_We_Want_V4_C


UNA-NCA is proud to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations alongside Congressman Jamie Raskin and a panel of US Ambassadors  for a special edition of our Coffee Chat discussion series. 

Join us on Thursday, October 15th from 11:30am-1:00pm EST for a dynamic exploration of how key stakeholders are bridging the gap between global and local goals. As the United Nations turns 75, what role will its institutions and the Sustainable Development Goals play in shaping our future? 

Register here




Featuring: 

Congressman Jamie Raskin 

Congressman Jamie Raskin is the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District. He was a professor of constitutional law for more than a quarter-century at American University Washington College of Law before entering Congress and has published several books, including the Washington Post Bestseller Overruling Democracy: The Supreme Court versus the American People, and dozens of scholarly articles and essays. 

Congressman Raskin is currently serving his second term on the Judiciary, House Oversight, and House Administration Committees. He also serves on the Rules Committee and is an elected Member of the House Democratic Leadership Team. He also serves on the new Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. Prior to his time in Congress, Raskin was a three-term State Senator in Maryland, where he served as Senate Majority Whip. He earned a reputation for building coalitions in Annapolis to deliver a series of landmark legislative accomplishments, including marriage equality, abolition of the death penalty, decriminalization of marijuana, strong equal pay for equal work legislation, and several pieces of strong anti-drunk driving legislation, including the compulsory ignition interlock device for convicted drunk drivers.

Congressman Raskin is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He and his wife Sarah Bloom Raskin, a former Governor of the Federal Reserve Board and the former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Department under President Obama, live in Takoma Park with their dogs, Potter and Toby. They have three grown children.


Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (Ret.)

Ambassador Don Bliss is a Past President of UNA-NCA. From 2006-2009, he served in Montreal as U.S. Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a UN-affiliated international organization, and U.S.  Permanent Representative on the ICAO Council. From 1977-2006, he practiced law in the D.C. office of the international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Prior government service includes Acting General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation (1975-76), Executive Secretary to the U.S. Agency for International Development (1974-75); Executive Secretary to the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare under the Honorable Elliot L. Richardson (1969-73) and Peace Corps Volunteer lawyer (Micronesia) (1966-68), where he met his wife, Nancy, who has also served as a Director-at-Large of the UNA-NCA.

Don serves on the Board of Directors of the Council of American Ambassadors. He has also served on the Boards of The Studio Theatre, Arts for the Aging, Inc. (as president and co-chair), Cedar Lane Unitarian-Universalist Church (as chair), Harleysville Mutual Insurance Company and as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Air and Space Law Forum and President of the national Ripon Society and the Harvard Law School Association of D.C. He co-authored a book with the Honorable William T. Coleman Jr., Counsel for the Situation, Brookings Press (2010). He also has authored, The Law of Airline Customer Relations, Hale & Northam (2005) and Mark Twain’s Tale of Today, CreateSpace, (2012), a book about Mark Twain and  politics.


Ambassador C. Steven McGann

Ambassador Steven McGann (ret), is the founder of The Stevenson Group, an international consultancy and global security strategy firm that provides strategic counsel to companies and organizations seeking to expand their operations into the defense/security sector. Formerly a Senior Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Minister-Counselor, Amb. McGann has held several influential positions including United States Ambassador to the Republics of Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, and the Kingdom of Tonga and Tuvalu.

Ambassador McGann was posted twice to the US Mission to the United Nations (USUN) in New York and has engaged with various United Nations agencies. He has also served as the Deputy Commandant and International Affairs Adviser of the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University (NDU). Ambassador McGann is a member of the Board of Trustees at Claremont McKenna College. He is an affiliate of the Center for Australia, New Zealand and, Pacific Studies, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.  Ambassador McGann also serves on the advisory councils of several non-governmental organizations.

Ambassador Sarah E. Mendelson

Ambassador Sarah E. Mendelson is Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and Head of CMU’s Heinz College in DC.  She previously served as the US Representative to the UN’s ECOSOC. There she led on international development, human rights, and humanitarian affairs. Prior to her appointment, she served as a Deputy Assistant Administrator at USAID from 2010-2014 where she was the Agency lead on democracy, human rights, and governance. 

A long time policy entrepreneur, she has spent twenty-five years working on development and human rights as a scholar and a practitioner.  She spent over a decade as a senior adviser and the inaugural director of the Human Rights Initiative at CSIS. She also worked as a senior fellow in CSIS’s Russia and Eurasia Program overseeing focus groups, public opinion surveys, and social marketing campaigns in Russia.  Her current work centers on the Sustainable Development Goals.  At CMU, she co-chairs the University’s Sustainability Initiative. Ambassador Mendelson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the editorial board of International Security.  The author of over 70 scholarly and public policy publications, Ambassador Mendelson received her BA in history from Yale and her PhD in political science from Columbia. 


Ambassador Susan D. Page

Ambassador Susan D. Page possesses deep expertise in international relations, particularly in Africa,  excellent French language skills, and the political, legal and analytical acumen of a Harvard-trained  lawyer – her first career. Page was sworn in as ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan on November 16, 2011. Following her  historic tenure as the first U.S. ambassador to the world’s newest nation, she served as Acting Permanent  Representative to the African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa and Chargé  d’Affaires, a.i., to the U.S. Mission to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and later chaired the  U.S. Government’s multi-agency Security Governance Initiative (SGI) team for Ghana.

Among her  numerous positions in international affairs, Ambassador Page was Special Representative of the  Secretary-General (SRSG) to Haiti, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Rule of Law, Global  Focal Point (GFP) Review Implementation, and Legal and Political Adviser to the Horn of  Africa’s Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Secretariat for Peace in Sudan, where she  co-drafted essential elements of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) for Sudan. In  addition, she was Director of the Rule of Law and Corrections Advisory Unit of the UN Mission in Sudan  (UNMIS), Regional Director for Southern and East Africa at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in  Washington, DC, and senior legal expert in Rwanda and Sudan for the United Nations Development  Programme (UNDP).

Ambassador Page is an elected member of the American Academy of Diplomacy (AAD). She serves as a  board member of Road Scholar, is on the Advisory Council of the United Nations Association of the  National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) and on the Advisory Board of the Kellogg Institute for International  Studies. She is a member of the Association of Black American Ambassadors and numerous other  professional organizations.  In August of 2020, Page joined the faculty at the University of Michigan as Professor of the Practice of  International Diplomacy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy with a concurrent appointment as  Professor from Practice at the University of Michigan Law School. She is also assisting with the growth  of U-M’s Weiser Diplomacy Center. Ambassador Page was a Visiting Professor of the Practice at the  Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame in 2019-2020.  

Originally from the Chicago area, Ambassador Page received her Juris Doctor (JD) from Harvard Law  School, her A.B. in English With High Distinction from the University of Michigan, and Certificates of  Distinction (English) and Merit (Psychology) from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland before  attending law school. She loves learning about other cultures, traveling, and playing euchre.

Thank you to our UN Month Sponsors: 

Diplomatic Leader

Stephen F. Moseley
 

Diplomatic Partner

Ambassador Donald T. Bliss
A. Edward Elmendorf 

AIRSCHOTT-300x142-2 


Diplomatic Supporter

Tim Barner and Kathy Guthrie
Larry Cooley and Marina Fening
Ambassador Keith Harper (Ret.)
Ritu Sharma
Richard Seifman
Jill Christianson
Edison W. Dick, Esq. 
 

Diplomatic Friend

Kristen Hecht
Lori Kaplan
Ellen McGovern
Loyce Pace

wBLHtkmb

Support UN Month

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) is one of the largest and most active chapters of UNA-USA. This Coffee Chat is part of a month-long celebration featuring special programs to celebrate the UN’s first 75 years and discuss what the next 75 should include.

 
EVENT SPONSORSHIP FEATURES

  • All sponsor logos are included on the event digital programs and website.
  • All sponsors are mentioned on UNA-NCA’s social media networks including Twitter and Facebook.
  • Size for Ad pages – Full slide: 8.5 “x 11”; ½ slide: 8.5” x 5”; ¼ slide: 4”x 5”; 1/8 slide: 4”x 2.5”







08 October 2020

Support UN Month!

Fall 2020 Virtual Career Series Sponsorship Opportunities

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) is one of the largest and most active chapters of UNA-USA. We are a diverse and inclusive group of people from the greater Washington metropolitan area devoted to educating and mobilizing Americans in support of a strong U.S.-UN partnership. The UNA-NCA Young Professionals (YP) invite you to support their signature event, focusing on Careers in International Affairs.  The virtual evening begins with a keynote address followed by topical sessions.  Each session features distinguished speakers who will share their stories, answer guest’s questions, and offer advice on their experiences in the industry.

 EVENT SPONSORSHIP FEATURES

  • All sponsors are invited to the keynote address
  • All sponsor logos are included on the event website.
  • All sponsors are mentioned on UNA-NCA’s social media networks including Twitter and Facebook.
  • Size for Ad pages – Full slide: 8.5 “x 11”; ½ slide: 8.5” x 5”; ¼ slide: 4”x 5”; 1/8 slide: 4”x 2.5”
 
Click here for more information!

UN Month Sponsorship

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) is one of the largest and most active chapters of UNA-USA. In celebrating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, UNA-NCA will be hosting a month-long celebration featuring special programs to celebrate the UN’s first 75 years and discuss what the next 75 should include.

 
EVENT SPONSORSHIP FEATURES

  • All sponsor logos are included on the event digital programs and website.
  • All sponsors are mentioned on UNA-NCA’s social media networks including Twitter and Facebook.
  • Size for Ad pages – Full slide: 8.5 “x 11”; ½ slide: 8.5” x 5”; ¼ slide: 4”x 5”; 1/8 slide: 4”x 2.5”
 Click here for more information!

Human Rights Awards Sponsorship

In celebrating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and over 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNA-NCA will recognize outstanding individuals and organizations who are working to improve human rights in their communities and around the world.

Louis B. Sohn Award:
Dean Claudio Grossman
Professor and Dean Emeritus, American University Washington College of Law
Perdita Huston Award
Professor Susan Deller Ross
Director, International Human Rights Clinic, Georgetown Law
F. Allen “Tex” Harris Diplomacy Award
Erin Barclay & Scott Busby
U.S. Department of State
Community Human Rights Award:
People for Fairness Coalition
DC-Based non-profit working to end housing instability


EVENT SPONSORSHIP FEATURES

  • All sponsor logos or names are included on the event slideshow and website.
  • All sponsors are mentioned on UNA-NCA’s social media networks including Twitter and Facebook.
  • An opportunity to honor individuals who are making an impact in the human rights field and our community.
  • Size for Ads – Full slide: 8.5 “x 11”; ½ slide: 8.5” x 5”; ¼ slide: 4”x 5” ;1/8 slide: 4”x 2.5”




08 October 2020

Graduate Fellows Program



Apply Today

*In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Fellows Program faculty and staff are preparing an all-virtual format for the 2021 semester. We will continue to adapt our approach as necessary while prioritizing the safety of our Fellows as well as the accessbility of our programming.*

The deadline to apply has been extended until Thursday, October 15th, 2020 at 5pm.  Any applications submitted after this time will not be considered.

Background


With the help of over 2,000 members, volunteers, and supporters in the greater Washington D.C. area, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) works to build public knowledge, strengthen U.S.-UN relations, and aid the UN in achieving its goals. Within this larger framework, the mission of the Graduate Fellows Program (GFP) is to help Fellows develop an understanding of UN issues, policies, and organizations while assisting them in preparing for UN-related careers. Since its founding in 1991 by UNA-NCA, the Graduate Fellows Program has brought together the resources of UNA-NCA with over 500 students and 40 international public and non-governmental organizations.

The Graduate Fellows Program offers all graduate students studying at a university within the DC-Maryland-Northern Virginia (DMV) region the opportunity to participate; learning to view the world through a “UN lens” alongside like-minded peers, experienced faculty, and foreign affairs professionals. Please note that graduate students who are temporarily residing in the DMV region but attending a school outside of this region may also apply if granted preliminary approval by the Director. Part-time students, and student interns in the DC area who are employed in fields relevant to the Program are also welcome to apply.

Program seminars will focus on contemporary global issues related to the United Nations and will be supplemented by both mentoring opportunities as well as professional development support that draws upon UNA-NCA's extensive professional network. UNA-NCA’s access to the United Nations system of agencies, in addition to its diverse range of professional relationships, is a cornerstone of the GFP’s success.

Eligibility


UNA-NCA Graduate Fellows must be enrolled graduate students in the Washington Metropolitan Area studying international affairs, trade, development, or a discipline related to the United Nations.  Commitment of four hours per week is expected from each Fellow – 2 hours for the seminar and 2 hours for seminar preparation and career strategy and mentoring. Part-time students and interns, including young professionals in part-time employment in a related area, are especially encouraged to apply.  Students not from the Washington Metropolitan Area may apply with approval of the Graduate Fellows Program Director.

American citizenship is not a requirement and we encourage international students to apply!

The application has five parts:

  • The online application
  • A one page statement of interest for graduate fellowship program
  • A copy of the applicant's unofficial graduate transcript*
  • A letter of recommendation
  • An updated resume
*If you are currently in your first year of graduate school, so do not yet have a transcript, please provide a copy of your unofficial undergraduate transcript along with a current letter of enrollment for your graduate program

All supporting materials must be submitted in PDF format

Components of the UNA-NCA Graduate Fellows Program

We recognize that everyone must navigate this ongoing crisis in a manner that ensures their health and well-being. Therefore, if  in-person gatherings become a safe, viable option during the course of the 2021 spring semester, we will continue to provide accommodations for those not yet willing or able to attend, in-person.

Weekly Seminar

  • A weekly seminar held each Friday during the spring semester during which Fellows examine pressing global issues utilizing a ‘UN lens’ alongside prominent guest speakers from across the UN system. Whether seminars will be hosted in-person or via webinar during the upcoming spring semester will depend upon the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Thematic areas include: 
    • Economic Development and Economic Policy
    • UN Budget and Finance
    • Gender
    • Human Rights, Education, and Social Development
    • Energy, Sustainable Development, and Climate Change
    • Conflict Prevention, Conflict Resolution, and Peacekeeping
    • Refugees and Migration
    • The UN’s Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Fellows will be required to complete a series of readings/listenings/viewings prior to each seminar. We recognize that Fellows are likely to have a full course load in addition to a full-time or part-time professional commitment. With that in mind, GFP faculty pay close attention to the amount of time that weekly assignments require.

Professional Development 

  • Career support for Fellows will include sessions on career strategy, preparation and review of resumes, and mentor-matching arranged by UNA-NCA with seasoned professionals operating in fields relevant to Fellows’ interests. 
  • Other opportunities will include:
  • Free membership in the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) - A network of more than 180 chapters and divisions throughout the country comprised of people passionate about the mission of the United Nations.
  • Membership in the UNA-NCA Young Professionals Program, which includes invitations to networking events. Fellows must attend at least one UNA-NCA sponsored event during the Spring 2021 semester to earn a certificate of completion.
  • *Fellows may wish to participate in the Program for academic credit with their home university. UNA-NCA will gladly assist Fellows with such arrangements, including, if acceptable to the given university, offering Fellows the option of completing a term paper under faculty supervision in order to receive academic credit.* 

Certificate of Accomplishment 

Those who complete the program will be awarded a certificate by the UNA-NCA. 
 
Selection Process/Timetable

The UNA-NCA Fellows selection will be based upon a Fellow's application and an interview with a member of the UNA-NCA Graduate Fellows faculty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Apply Today

IMG_0236IMG_0227




08 October 2020

Eleanor Roosevelt Virtual Happy Hour 2020


birthday_cake_eleanorJoin UNA-NCA's Human Rights Committee for a virtual happy hour in honor of Eleanor Roosevelt!

Register Here!

Come join UNA-NCA members, staff, and volunteers for a happy hour celebrating Eleanor Roosevelt's birthday, the International Day of the Girl, the 75th Anniversary of the UN and the 72nd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Dress up, dress down but come celebrate these signature achievements! This is a great opportunity to meet members, volunteers, and staff from UNA-NCA, as well as other DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia folks interested in hot topics in international affairs, and get involved with issues you are passionate about!

This year, our virtual happy hour will feature guest speakers, a presentation of Eleanor Roosevelt's life and acomplishments, and an online trivia contest!

When:
 Thursday, October 8; 5:30 - 7:00 pm 

Where:
Virtual (Zoom)

Cost: Free, but registration is required

Register Here!


group_photo_with_elaanor





<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next > End >>

Page 1 of 38