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16 September 2021

Coffee Chat: International Labour Organization and the Future of Work


The 21st Century global economy is experiencing a transformational shift to digital infrastructure and technology, creating unprecedented economic growth. The UN General Assembly created four pillars of the Decent Work Agenda in 2015 - employment creation, social protection, rights at work, and social dialogue - which became the foundational block of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In fact, Goal 8 of the 2030 Agenda calls for the promotion of sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work. In continuing the UNA-NCA Coffee Chat Series, we will highlight the International Labour Organization and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This discussion will focus on how global leaders are promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment with the aim of equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men. 

Featured Speaker
Kevin Cassidy 

Kevin Cassidy, with nearly 4 decades of international development experience, is currently the Director and Representative to the Bretton Woods and Multilateral Organizations for the International Labour Organization (ILO) Office for the United States.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Cassidy served as the Senior Communications and Economic and Social Affairs Officer for 11 years in the ILO Office for the United Nations with additional responsible for partnerships in North America.
During this time, Mr. Cassidy worked with member States to organise Heads of State/Government and Ministerial level events highlighting decent work as well as introducing policy language on key development issues into the resolutions and outcomes documents of the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee and the Commissions of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Before his assignment to New York, Mr. Cassidy was the Chief Technical Adviser for the ILO’s Global Campaign on Promoting Fundamental Rights at Work. Mr. Cassidy's full bio can be found here.

When: Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 1:00pm
Where: Online
Cost: Free but registration is required. Register here.

13 August 2021

Young Professionals Board of Directors Position Openings

Come join the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA), a nonprofit organization serving the greater Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas. With the help of over 2,000 members, volunteers, and supporters in the greater Washington area, UNA-NCA works to build public knowledge of the UN, strengthen UN-U.S. relations, and aid the UN in achieving its goals. 

The UNA-NCA Young Professionals (YP) program cultivates future globally minded leaders in international affairs, spanning non-profits and the public and private sectors through professional development programming and leadership and mentorship opportunities. The team develops international-affairs oriented educational and advocacy programs that will help DC-area young professionals further their knowledge of pressing international issues, dedicate themselves to making a change in the world, and take a step towards becoming future global leaders.

YP Board of Directors Positions Summary

UNA-NCA seeks motivated individuals for the UNA-NCA Young Professionals Program to fill five (5) volunteer leadership roles on the Young Professionals Board of Directors to serve as officers for a specific portfolio. These positions provide key leadership and programmatic support to the organization in support of wider strategic organizational goals and initiatives overseen by the Executive Committee and full-time staff. The Young Professionals Board of Directors oversees a portfolio of activities related to UNA-NCA’s Young Professionals membership, events, communications and government affairs initiatives.

  • Volunteer Leadership Position.
  • A time commitment of 2-5 hours per week.
  • The UNA-NCA YP board meets monthly to plan and report on activities for approximately 1-2 hours on a weekday evening (starting at 6:30 pm or 7 pm) Meetings are conducted in-person every month in the Washington D.C. Metro area.
  • Board members are expected to participate in discussions/decision making processes that take place via email in between monthly meetings. 
  • YP Officers are selected to serve a 2 year term, with the opportunity to extend. 
  • Applicants must reside in the greater Washington D.C. and Baltimore area and be a current member of UNA-NCA. Join here and select DC-Nat’l Capital Area Division as your chapter.

Benefits of serving as a YP leader

There are numerous benefits to serving on the UNA-UNA YP Board, including:

  • Educate young professionals in the Washington DC metropolitan and Baltimore area about the vital work of the UN.
  • Spearhead events and programs that are aligned with the organization's endeavors
  • Strengthen your professional network and build your leadership skills.
  • Develop strong relationships with members from leading organizations in international affairs.
  • Exercise your creative side by planning innovative events
  • Establish yourself outside of your current workplace and interact with like minded individuals.
  • Get connected to a global network.

Position Responsibilities

Communications Officer, Young Professionals (2 positions)

  • Craft communications strategy for YP engagement for current and potential member audiences in coordination with UNA-NCA Vice President for Communications.
  • Play a key role in organization communications including on social media networks and other traditional media outlets.
  • Develop and implement individual communications strategies for events and initiatives led by the YP program. 
  • Serve as a liaison to the UNA-NCA Communications Committee

Advocacy Officer, Young Professionals (1 position) 

  • Work in conjunction with the UNA-NCA’s Vice President of Advocacy to lead campaigns to lobby congressional staff and representatives on strategically selected priorities.Develop and implement individual advocacy action plans for events and ad hoc fundraising initiatives led by the YP program.  
  • Coordinate with YP Communications Officer to push advocacy messages on all social media platforms. 
  • Serve as a liaison to the UNA-NCA Advocacy Committee.

Operations Officer, Young Professionals (1 position) 

  • Serve as secretary for the YP Board, keeping all records of meetings and conduct follow up on all taskings and project assignments.
  • Manage all resources created by the YP program that can be shared and adapted by other program committees across UNA-NCA in coordination with the UNA-NCA Vice President of Strategy and Operations.  
  • Coordinate all YP leaders and oversee meeting management, including space, scheduling, agendas and follow up.
  • Oversee budget and financials for the YP program working closely with UNA-NCA staff and Vice President for Finance

Programs Officer, Young Professionals (1 position) 

  • Serve as project manager for all YP focused events and manage the flagship International Career Dinner series.
  • Develop resources for committees and students for event planning and serve as a key advisor on programming for YP audiences in coordination with UNA-NCA Vice President of Programs.
  • Coordinate event needs with UNA-NCA staff and fellow officers, including marketing, registration, volunteer engagement, and budget.
  • Work in partnership with the Communications Officer to create marketing materials for events.

Development Officer, Young Professionals (1 position)

  • Oversee all fundraising and development efforts by the YP program.
  • Craft annual fundraising strategy and plan geared specifically toward YPs in coordination with UNA-NCA Vice President for Development.
  • Work with UNA-NCA staff and Board leadership on local partnership engagement for YP programming.
  • Serve as the liaison to the UNA-NCA Development Committee.


  • Ideal candidates are young professionals, graduate students and recent graduates in the Washington D.C. Metro area.
  • Passion for the United Nations and international issues a must.
  • Academic background in international affairs, journalism, communications, conflict resolution, public policy, security studies or international development desirable, but not required.
  • Ability to manage tasks in free time and work within deadlines.
  • Strong professional communication skills, including public speaking and frequent email correspondence, required.
  • Experience working on group projects and/or in a team environment is highly desirable.
  • Available for some events outside of normal business hours, on an as-needed basis. 

Application Process

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter addressed to the UNA-NCA YP Program at contactyp@unanca.org. Please mention what position you are applying for in the subject line of the email. In your cover letter, please indicate no more than two (2) of the YP Board positions for which you would like to be considered.

The deadline to apply is Friday, August 13 . Interviews will take place the last two weeks in August with final candidates chosen by August 31, 2021.

03 August 2021

Toward a Nuclear Weapons-Free World: Ethics, Social Justice, and Civil Society Activism

Organized by the UNA-NCA Peace & Security Committee in partnership with the UNA-NCA International Law Committee and All Souls Church, Unitarian of Washington, DC

The Arms Control Association estimates that 13,500 nuclear weapons are still stockpiled in military arsenals, enough to destroy the world several times over. Despite the potentially catastrophic immediate and long-term humanitarian consequences these weapons pose, efforts to disarm them have become stalled. However, after many years of negotiation, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into force in January 2021, setting the stage to alter the global nuclear landscape and change how the United States and other nuclear powers not party to the TPNW will interact with the treaty’s supporters.

Can the world be free of nuclear weapons? Join speakers from the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs, UNA-NCA, All Souls Church Unitarian of Washington, DC, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), and a Japanese peace group to chart out what this new global landscape means for the United States and how we view U.S. nuclear weapons policy. Panelists will explore ethical, social justice, and humanitarian considerations of today’s evolving landscape of nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. Learn how engagement and activism by nonprofits, faith-based organizations, youth organizations, and each of us, individually, play vital roles in our shared responsibility to create a nuclear weapons-free world.

Featured Speakers:

René Holbach
, Political Affairs Officer, UN Office of Disarmament Affairs (ODA) (Keynote)

Bruce Knotts, Director, Unitarian Universalist Office (UU), United Nations

Hiroyo Murayama, Religions for Peace Japan

Karen Mulhauser, UNA-NCA Past President and UNA-USA Past National Council Chair

Date: Tuesday, August 3 from 6-7:30 pm

Location: Zoom
Cost: Free

Register Here

20 July 2021

The Biden-Harris Administration's Approach to Foreign Affairs

This event, in collaboration with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP), will feature a moderated panel discussion on what to expect from a Biden-Harris Administration in regards to foreign policy objectives and approach to international organizations such as the United Nations. There will be an additional reflection on recent foreign policy directives since his inauguration.

Featured Speakers: 

Ambassador Sarah Mendelson
(Moderator) - UNA-NCA Advisory Council Member; Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy at Carneigie Mellon universtiy and head of CMU's Heinz College in DC; Former US Representative to the UN Economic and Social Council

Ted Piccone - UNA-NCA Advisory Council Chair; Cheif Engagement Officer at the World Justice Project; former foreign policy advisor in Clinton Administration (National Security Council, State Dept., Pentagon)

Tuesday, July 20 from 5:30-6:30 pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: Free, but registration is required

Register Here

15 June 2021

2021 UNA-NCA Annual Meeting

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The program will include the presentation of the 2020-2021 Annual Reports and Board election results.  In addition, we will be presenting our annual UNA-NCA Arthur Johnson Leadership Award, UNA-NCA Evelyn Falkowski Volunteer Service Award, and UNA-NCA Richard & Anne Griffis Program Leadership Award. Honorees to be announced.

The Annual Meeting will include a live performance by Graduate Fellow Alumna Keren Yang.

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund

Date: Tuesday, June 15th, 2021
Time: 5:00-6:30pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free; suggested donation of $30.
Registration is required.

Register today!

Suggested donations are welcome online and via check sent to the UNA-NCA office at 2000 P Street NW, Suite 540, Washington, DC 200036

04 June 2021

2021 Board of Directors Election Slate

Members: Vote Today!

Officers (Two-year term)
Vice-Chair of Communications
Sultana F. Ali

Senior Communications Manager, Pew Charitable Trusts
Vice-Chair of Finance
Timothy Barner
Retired Development Professional

Vice-Chair of Programs
Thomas Bradley
Retired Colonel in the U.S. Air Force
Board Chair
Jill Christianson
Retired International Education Professional
Vice-Chair of Membership & Volunteer Engagement
Kristen Hecht
Program Director at the Longbrake Family Foundation
Vice-Chair of Development
Ambassador C. Steven McGann
Founder of the Stevenson Group
Vice-Chair of Strategy & Operations
Lauren B. Terrell
Director of Governance at United Way Worldwide 
Vice-Chair of Young Professionals
Lanice C. Williams
Global Health Professional at EnCompass, LLC 

Directors-At-Large (Three-year term)
Brian Griffey
Regional Researcher and Advisor on North America
for the International Secretariat of Amnesty International 
Christina Hansen
Senior Consultant at Evans Consulting 
Louis Henderson Sr.
Founder/CEO of the African American Enterprise Resource Center
Founder/CEO of Siblings Together USA 
David M. Luna
CEO of Luna Global Networks & Convergence Strategies LLC 
Katherine Marshall
Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs
Professor of the Practice of Development, Religion, and Conflict in the School of Foreign Service 
Abbey Ogunwale, Ph.D
Lead Principal at Defined Impact 
D. Yvonne Rivers
Principal of The Phoebe Marketing Group 
Richard Seifman
Retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer 

Undergraduate Student Representative (One-year term)
Thomas Liu
Senior at William & Mary

Graduate Student Representative (One-year term)
Maekara Keopanapay
Master of Arts Candidate at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service
Alumna of UNA-NCA Graduate Fellows Program

Members: Vote Today! 

01 June 2021

Coffee Chat: LGBTQ+ Rights, Global to Local


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UNA-NCA on June 1, 2021 from 1:00-2:30pm for a dynamic Coffee Chat marking the first day of Pride Month. We are proud to present this program in partnership with the National LGBTQ Task Force, SMYAL,  and the United Nations Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI). 

This Coffee Chat will explore the nexus of human rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) young people using the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The United Nations Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Victor Madrigal-Borloz will contrast promising practices in several nations and human rights violations in others.  

Panelists will address LGBTQ+ youth and well-being in light of the Sustainable Development Goals related to reducing gender and racial inequalities, poverty, while ensuring well-being and education. Global, national, and local perspectives will be addressed.

This event will build on public awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 1,3,4,5,10) and their potential as a guiding framework for addressing societal needs, including enhancing the lives of LGBTQ+ youth at the global, national and local levels.  

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area welcomes the co-sponsorship of this event with the National LGBTQ Task Force (known also as The Task Force) with its national reach, and SMYAL, with its reach to the Washington DC area. Jill Christianson, UNA-NCA Chair-Elect, will moderate the panel; her international experience includes advocacy for SDG 4 and 5, including a focus on the human rights of LGBT youth. 

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image1-1Victor Madrigal-Borloz, Independent Expert on SOGI, OHCHR-UNOG
Victor Madrigal-Borloz was appointed as UN Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity in late 2017. His initial three-year term started on 1 January 2018. He is the second Independent Expert to serve in this capacity. A Costa Rican jurist, Mr. Madrigal-Borloz is a senior visiting researcher at Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program, in residence at Harvard Law School through 2023.

Photo_Kierra_Johnson_Kierra Johnson, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force
Kierra Johnson is the Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force.  She previously served as Deputy Executive Director, as well as a member of The Task Force’s board and on the National Action Council.  As a bisexual Black woman, Johnson is one of few out queer-identified women of color at the helm of a national LGBTQ organization.  She is a nationally recognized national expert on queer and reproductive rights.

Photo_-_Monet_UmanaMonet Umana, Community Engagement and Youth Leadership Fellow, SMYAL
Monet (she/her/hers) is a firm believer that at the root of everything there should be a reverence for Black life. In her time with SMYAL she was named Youth Leadership awardee for her work supporting LGBTQ+ youth suffering from homelessness. This award worked to support her 2020 graduation with a B.A. in Urban Studies. Currently, Monet works as the Youth Development and Community Engagement fellow at SMYAL working to create more culturally competent allies and to support Queer youth in their thriving.

Proffesional_Head_Shot_Zach Koung, It Gets Better Youth Voice, Howard County Board of Education 
Zach is an unapologetically politically involved high school senior. He currently serves as a member of the Howard County Board of Education and a Youth Voice at the It Gets Better Project. Zach ran for the Board of Education with a progressive vision and the goal of building an inclusive community for all. Recently he hosted a student voice panel at the Howard County Rainbow Conference and working with the It Gets Better Project he was able to present at SXSW EDU 21 about inclusive curriculum mandates. In the fall, Zach will attend the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. 

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25 May 2021

Clearinghouse on Women's Issues: DC for CEDAW- The Time is Now!

UNA-NCA will join the Clearinghouse on Women's Issues to discuss the DC for CEDAW initiative this Tuesday, May 25 at 12:00pm ET. 

The Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues (CWI) presents expert speakers on current topics which impact the lives of women, particularly public policies that affect women economically, educationally, medically and legally. They also cooperate and exchange information with other organizations that work to improve the status of women, nationally and internationally. The mission of the Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues is to address economic, health, educational, social, political, and legal issues facing women and girls. CWI public forums are Washington, DC, networking events to raise awareness and to act as a catalyst to move women and girls towards greater equity. CWI addresses concerns of diverse women at the local, national and international levels.

Register Here


Karen Mulhauser, President, Mulhauser and Associates, Past President NARAL, Past Chair United Nations Association of the USA, Past President United Nations Association, National Capital Area, will provide a brief history and update on the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) including plans to gain US ratification of this important treaty and how it would work with the ERA when both are passed. She will then describe progress made with the Cities for CEDAW movement and why it is important to make DC a City or hopefully state for CEDAW.

Shayna Vayser, Managing Director of Advocacy and Policy Strategy at the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA), will share a call to action for gender equity in Washington, DC. DC for CEDAW is a campaign to have the principles of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) adopted into city legislatures across the National Capital Area, starting with the District of Columbia. The legislation’s primary focus requires government agencies to report gender analysis data and develop a citywide plan to ensure equality for women and girls in all arenas. Shayna, representing UNA-NCA’s DC for CEDAW Initiative, will provide a presentation on their efforts to work with coalition partners and DC City Council pass and sign CEDAW into local law. DC for CEDAW is coordinated by the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA), a non-profit dedicated to advancing the values and priorities of the United Nations locally and globally.

Megan Corrado, Esq, CWI’s Vice President of Global Issues, Director of Policy and Advocacy with the Alliance for Peacebuilding, and Co-Chair of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security will provide an update on the Biden-Harris Administration’s foreign policy accomplishments and challenges related to gender over its first few months. From the creation of the White House Gender Policy Council and rescission of the “Global Gag Rule,” a devastating anti-abortion and reproductive rights policy that undermined the health and freedoms of women around the world, the Administration has made important strides in reversing the harmful policies of the last few years. However, the Administration has been slow to advance some gender laws and policies, such as the Women, Peace, and Security Act, or issue a revised USAID Gender Policy. The recent decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan will have significant implications for the tremendous strides Afghan women and girls have made over the last 20 years. Megan will review and reflect on what has and has not yet been achieved and outlined key policy priorities for the Administration to advance a feminist foreign policy.

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