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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. 

When: TBD

Where: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 385 
2 Constitution Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

Speakers:
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.


When
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Reception at 5:15 pm
Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres included
Program is 6:00 - 8:00 pm
 
Where
Cannon House Office Building
Caucus Room 
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 
Presented to
Mr. Eric Richardson
Political Economic Counselor for the U.S. Embassy for Libya
Presented by Ambassador Robert R. King, Special Envoy on North Korea Human Rights Issues, U.S. Department of State

 
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


Admission Tickets
Young Professional/Student: $50
Non-Member Young Professional/Student*: $70
Students under the age of 25 are eligible for free UNA-NCA membership.
Member: $70
Non-Member*: $90
Sponsor (Individual/organization name listed in the program): $100
Non-member Sponsor*: $120
*Non-member tickets include UNA-NCA membership

  Registration is now open!
Register Here

Learn about opportunities for sponorship here.

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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

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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
Introductory Remarks

Patrick Realiza, Chair, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee

7:05 – 7:45
Panel Discussion

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

Register here 



01 November 2016

UNA-USA History Book Launch

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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.

Speakers:
  •  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

Register Here



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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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

Register 



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!

Keynote
Ty Cobb, Director of HRC Global at Human Rights Campaign

Topical Dinners
To register, click on the dinner topic you are interested in.





Careers in Public Health - Sold Out
Speakers:

  • 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
Register



Careers in International Law -
Sold Out
Speakers:

  • Renee Dopplick, Editor, Inside Justice
  • Mark Tyndall, Vice President, Government Affairs, Policy and Patient Advocacy, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Register




Women in Entrepreneurship and Leadership 

Speakers:
 

  • 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
Register



Careers in International Education

Speakers:

  • Elizabeth Latham, Program Officer, US Department of State
  • Denisse Arias, Senior Associate, Government & Multilateral Partnerships, Teach for All
Register



Humanitarian Careers - Sold Out
Speakers:

  • 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
Register



Careers in International Service - Sold Out
Speakers: 


  • 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
Register



Careers in
International Journalism and Communication
Speakers: 


  • Steve Dorsey, Executive Editor and Correspondent for Radio, CBS News
  • Sarah Jackson-Han, Communications, Partnerships and Policy Adviser, UN Development Program
Register




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)

Register




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. 

When:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 ​
​R​eception at 5:30 p.m.
Program at 7:00 p.m.

Where:
National Education Association
1201 16th St NW, Washington, D.C.​ 20036

Keynote Speaker:
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

Cost:
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 


Register Here 


Host Committee (in formation)

Tim Barner and Kathy Guthrie
Robert Berg and Vivian Derryck
Ambassador David E. Birenbaum (ret.)
Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (ret.)
Thomas Bradley
Dawn and Tino Calabia
Duncan Cameron
Heather Lane Chauny
The Honorable William T. Coleman, Jr. and Mrs. Lovida H. Coleman
The Honorable Esther Coopersmith
Robert H. Craft, Jr.
Tony Culley-Foster
Edison W. Dick, Esq.
A. Edward Elmendorf
Ambassador Nancy Ely-Raphel
Edie Fraser
Roger Griffis in honor of Richard and Anne Griffis 
Ambassador Donald Hays (ret.)
Susan Leahy
Ambassador Princeton N. Lyman
Michael Marsh
Ambassador Donald McHenry
Ambassador George Moose
Ambassador Connie Morella (ret.)
Stephen F. Moseley
Karen Mulhauser
Ambassador Lynn Pascoe
David Scotton
Thomas Riesenberg
Ambassador Thomas Pickering
Robert Skinner
Mary Oakes Smith
Kimberly Weichel
Ambassador Phillip C. Wilcox
Ambassador William Wood
John Miller Duff, Jr.

Sponsors
AIRSCHOTT
Kasara E. Davidson and Diaspora Enterprise Solutions 
Olumide Elegbe
Anne L. Howard-Tristani
Lois A. Mares
Miles & Stockbridge Foundation
National Education Association
Jud Nirenberg
Wayne Pieringer
Lyric Thompson
Sultana Ali

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

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