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18 October 2019

Our Planet. Our Future.

Thank you for your interest in joining us.  Unfortuantely, registration has now closed for "Our Planet. Our Future."

You are welcome to join us on Monday, October 28th for "The UN and Human Rights in 2019" with UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour.  Learn more here.

Every October, UNA-NCA commemorates the anniversary of the United Nations with special programming on relevant topics and engaging high-level speakers. This year’s theme is “Our Planet. Our Future.” and we will be highlighting the work of the UN Environment Programme and its Executive Director, Ms. Inger Andersen. After her keynote remarks, Ms. Andersen will be joined by former Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe for a discussion moderated by Ryan Hobert, Managing Director for Energy and Climate at the UN Foundation, to bring together the global and local dimensions of the climate change challenge.

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors!


Friday, October 18, 2019
Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Program at 6:00 p.m.

*Reception begins at 5:15 p.m. and includes hors d'oeuvres and cocktails 

UN Foundation
1750 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
12th Floor
Washington, DC 20006

Keynote Speaker:
Inger Andersen
Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme

Robert Perciasepe
President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Former Deputy Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency

Ryan Hobert
Managing Director for Energy and Climate at the UN Foundation

$25 for Students and Young Professionals
$40 for Members
$50 for Non-Members

UN Month 2019 Passes include registration for both UN Month 2019 Events including "Our Planet. Our Future" and "The UN and Human Rights in 2019."
$70 UN Month 2019 Pass (Member)
$90 UN Month 2019 Pass (Non-Member)

If you are interested in individual or corporate sponsorship, click here.

08 October 2019

Eleanor Roosevelt Happy Hour


Join UNA-NCA's Human Rights Committee and the Young Professionals Program for a happy hour in honor of Eleanor Roosevelt!

Come take a photo with Eleanor Roosevelt during a happy hour celebrating her birthday, the International Day of the Girl, the 74th Anniversary of the UN and the 71st 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! 

 Tuesday, October 8; 5:30 - 8:30 pm 

The Eleanor, 100 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Cost: Free 

Thank you for your interest in joining us!  Online registration has closed.  If you would like to attend, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to inquire about availability.


20 August 2019

UPR Roundtable: Poverty & Economic Inequality


13 August 2019

Voting Rights & DC Statehood Roundtable


24 July 2019

Voices from the Middle Eastern Youth

Have you ever wondered how to build peace and understanding out of a history of conflict? In partnership with New Story Leadership and the Stimson Center, UNA-NCA is proud to present a moderated discussion that brings the diverse perspectives of Israeli and Palestinian youth who have first-hand experiences with the UN’s work. This program will focus on the United Nations’ role in peacebuilding in and around the Middle East as well as the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals within the region.


Gilad Sevitt, Founder and Professional Director of Madrasa
Hiba Yazbek, Founder of Jusoor and intern at Haaretz Newspaper 


Paula Boland, Executive Director of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area
Dr. Richard Ponzio
, Director of Just Security 2020 and Senior Fellow of The Stimson Center

Wednesday, July 24 from 5:00 to 6:30pm (Doors open at 4:30pm, program begins at 5:00)
Where: Stimson Center (1211 Connecticut Ave NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20036)
Cost: Free for members and students*; $5 for non-members

*Students, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it from your .edu email for the discount code. 

26 June 2019

Careers in the United Nations

Have you ever thought about working for the United Nations or one of its agencies?  In partnership with The Fund For American Studies, UNA-NCA is proud to present a panel discussion on Careers in the United Nations.  The panel will feature speakers from two different UN Agencies and the UN Assocaiton of the USA sharing their experience and insider's perspective of not only working for the United Nations, but also working towards the UN goals from the grassroots.

Wednesday, June 26 from 6:30 to 8:00pm (Doors at 6:30pm, program begins at 7:00pm)
Where: The Fund for American Studies (1706 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009).
Cost: Free for members and students*; $5 for non-members

*Students, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it from your .edu email for the discount code. 

Panel Featuring:

Sultana Ali (moderator), UNA-NCA Vice President for Communications
Sarah Jackson-Han, UN Development Programme

Liz Lizama, International Organization for Migration

Marco Sanchez, UN Association of the USA

23 June 2019

2019-2020 U.S. Youth Observer to the UN: Applications Now Open!

Apply here by Sunday, June 23, 2019


About the Program

Created to elevate youth voices in the global policy dialogue, the U.S. Youth Observer to the UN is a role appointed annually by the U.S. Department of State and UN Association of the USA. For a one-year term, an American between the ages of 18-25 is selected to engage young people in the U.S. in the work of the United Nations and international issues. 

As a correspondent between U.S. missions to the UN and American youth, the Youth Observer travels throughout the United States to discover the issues important to young Americans and participates at international organization meetings.

The most critical role of the Youth Observer is to engage young Americans in the work of the UN, empowering them to be active participants in dialogue on international issues and to have a global impact. The Youth Observer will travel to high schools and colleges across the nation to build a connection between the UN and young Americans. 

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Are you the next Youth Observer?

Do you have what it takes to be the next U.S. Youth Observer to the UN? We are looking for a dynamic and internationally-engaged young American to fill the role for the 2019-2020 year. Qualified individuals are:

    • Passionate and entrepreneurial about civic engagement, youth issues, and the United Nations
    • Talented writers, capable of digesting complicating information and quickly turning around blog posts to inform other youth
    • Social media savvy individuals with creative ideas for digital engagement
    • Intellectually curious and able to have meaningful conversations with high-level individuals
    • Experienced public speakers who are enthusiastic about engaging with young Americans
    • Dedicated to making the world a better place
Eligibility Criteria:

Qualified candidates must be:

  • U.S. citizens, ages 18-25
  • Able to commit at least five to ten hours per week to the position, excluding travel, which will consume additional time. 
  • Eager to collaborate with UNA-USA and Department of State staff, staying in close communication throughout the year.
  • Available to travel nationally and internationally (travel and reasonable lodging costs associated with participation as U.S. Youth Observer will be provided). 
  • Willing to participate in social media and in-person media events hosted by UNA-USA and the U.S. Department of State.
  • Capable of quickly producing high-quality blog posts and other social media content based on her/ his experiences as the Youth Observer.
  • Currently unaffiliated with the UN Foundation, UNA-USA, and Department of State as a staff member, intern, or consultant. 
Past Youth Observers

Follow the adventures of current and past Youth Observers here, and learn more about the day-to-day of the position. 

  • Catch up with Brooke Loughrin, 2012-2013 Youth Observer, here
  • See how Tiffany Taylor, 2013-2014 Youth Observer, learned to approach courage differently
  • Find out what Jackson Dougan took away from his term as the 2014-2015 Youth Observer
  • Donya Nasser's travels as Youth Observer took her around the world as the 4th Youth Observer. Read about her "Roman Tour for Gender Equality".
  • Nicol Perez met with youth delegates from other countries to discuss youth unemployment and youth entrepreneurship at the ECOSOC Youth Forum. 
  • Munira Khalif, the 2017-2018 Youth Observer, championed education for women and girls and met with female business owners in Hyderabad, India.

20 June 2019

World Refugee Day

In the complex, globalized world we are living in today, security and migration are becoming two concerns which have touched all of us. In many parts of the globe, political unrest and security have threatened the stability of some nations, forcing their nationals to flee to other parts of the globe. This is the case of refugees who have had to escape natural disasters, insecurity and other calamities that threaten their future. Different regions of the world, such as the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the Northern Triangle of Central America, have had their inhabitants leave by the millions. Often times, refugees are not able to return home given that their life could be in threat. For this year's Refugee Day on June 20th, the UNA-NCA is deciding to put on an event to build momentum for refugee relief efforts around the world. Together with the UN Foundation Campaign Nothing But Nets, as well as panelists knowledgeable in the topic, this event will aim to honor refugees on their International Day.

Register Here

Thursday, June 20 from 6:00 to 9:00pm
(Doors at 6:00pm, program begins at 6:30pm)

Alliance For Peacebuilding (1800 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036).

Free, but registration is required

Panel Featuring:

Sami Baloch Badini, Activist, The George Washington University

Lual Mayen, Activist and Entrepreneur, American University

Mary Kate Vanecko, Moderator, Nothing But Nets Campaign Coordinator

Manyang Reath, Humanity Helping Sudan, Founder

Register Here

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