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20 September 2017

North Korean Nuclear Challenge- Save the Date!

Please save the date for September 20th and join UNA-NCA and its International Law Committee for a presentation on the "North Korean Nuclear Challenge"

Please join UNA-NCA and its International Law Committee for a presentation by Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr. on the threat posed by North Korean nuclear weapons and weapon delivery vehicles, North Korea's international behavior and objectives, UN sanctions, suggestions for U.S. policy, and possible future outcomes.

When: September 20, 2017; 4-6 p.m.

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20 September 2017

The North Korean Nuclear Challenge

Please join UNA-NCA and its International Law Committee for a panel discussion on the threat posed by North Korean nuclear weapons and weapon delivery vehicles, North Korea's international behavior and objectives, UN sanctions, suggestions for U.S. policy, and possible future outcomes.

Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Time: 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Location: Russell Senate Office Building Room 325 (Kennedy Caucus Room)

Cost: Free 

North Korea’s refusal to halt its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs poses a serious and escalating threat to the United States and the world. In the past eleven years, North Korea has conducted six nuclear tests, including the recent underground test this month of its most powerful nuclear weapon yet. Preliminary estimates by nuclear experts place this sixth bomb, which North Korea claims was a hydrogen bomb, as significantly more destructive than North Korea’s last test in 2016. Its 6.3 magnitude seismic event supports that North Korea detonated an advanced nuclear weapon.

This test to purportedly miniaturize a nuclear warhead for delivery by a new intercontinental ballistic missile follows provocative tests of a long-range missile in July and of intermediate-range missiles in August. These tests, although not yet verified for accuracy and reliability, take North Korea closer to its quest for a long-range, nuclear-capable missile that can strike the contiguous United States.
Amid rising regional and international tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program, UN sanctions have frozen assets, imposed travel bans, and targeted North Korea’s primary exports, financial transactions, and joint ventures with foreign companies. Last month, the United States enacted new sanctions against North Korea as part of a more robust sanctions campaign to increase pressure on North Korea.

What are the options to deal with this serious threat to international peace and security? What are North Korea’s ambitions? Are there policy, legal, and diplomatic options for a peaceful resolution? Please join UNA-NCA and its International Law Committee for an engaging discussion with Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr. and Missy Ryan of The Washington Post on the challenges and options for U.S. policy and future outcomes. 

Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr. (retired), a former U.S. diplomat who participated at a senior level in every major arms control and non-proliferation negotiation in which the United States took part during the period of 1970-1997.

Missy Ryan, National Security Reporter, The Washington Post

Renee Dopplick, Co-Chair, UNA-NCA International Law Committee

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17 August 2017

Leaders in Energy Green Jobs Event + Green Career Workshop

Did you know that clean energy and sustainability now collectively represent 4-4.5 million jobs in the U.S., up from 3.4 million in 2011, according to "Now Hiring: The Growth of America’s Clean Energy & Sustainability Jobs", EDF Climate Corps, 2017?

Join Leaders in Energy and UNA-NCA on August 17 as green job seekers and providers of green jobs exchange information about current and future market trends. There will also be a pre-event workshop titled: “What’s Your Green Career Plan?” from 4:00 - 5:30 PM. The workshop is designed for people at all career levels who want to make the world a better place – whether you’re looking to enter the Green Jobs field, move up, or over. 

When: Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: DC Sustainable Energy Utility, 80 M St SE, Washington, DC 20003.
Cost: $15-$35, prices vary based on ticket tier and date purchased

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09 August 2017

Join UNA-NCA’s Peace and Security Committee!

Interested in peace and security? Join UNA-NCA’s Peace and Security Committee, which promotes the core principles of the UN concerning the peace and security of the global community. Through a series of events and mixers the committee aims to learn more about UN peace initiatives and examine U.S. policies toward the UN's peace and security programs.

For more details please contact co-chairs Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (ret) at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and Richard Ponzio at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please note, committees are open to UNA-NCA members only. Join today if you’re not already a member and be sure to select the National Capital Area as your chapter.

08 August 2017

Congress and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Lawmaker's Perspective on Strong U.S. Leadership in the UN and on Climate Action

Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Location: Rayburn House Office Building Room 2168 (Gold Room)
                45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515

Cost: Free 

Since the recent announcement of the United States’ decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement (CP21) on June 1, 2017 by President Trump, the fundamental existence of climate-driven policies to help mitigate climate change have been placed at a standstill and in some cases entirely eliminated.
Despite the warnings from several companies, organizations and other entities at the local, state and national levels the Trump administration continues to ignore the imperative need to implement and execute these salient policies.
President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement is a repudiation of possibly one of the great achievements of the United Nations and of the strong legacy of US-UN bipartisan leadership in support of the post-World War II global order.

This event will address the potential consequences and risks associated with this recent withdrawal and will bring in the perspective of Representative Don Beyer (VA-08), the Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

The program will also look at the current situation as addressed by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #17 (Partnerships for the Goals) as catalyst for the UN Association to reaffirm efforts to inform, educate and advocate for global cooperation.

Opening Remarks & Introducer: Thomas (Huan-Cheng) Liu, Member, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee
Featuring: Honorable Don Beyer (VA-08), Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
Moderator: George Ingram, Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution
Closing Remarks: Patrick Realiza, Chair, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee

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12 July 2017

Whither the UN and Human Rights? Why 2017 Matters

Ms. Gaer is the Director of the American Jewish Committee’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights; Vice Chair of the UN Committee against Torture*; and 2016 UNA-NCA Louis B. Sohn Awardee. Ms. Gaer will open the discussion with a short presentation on the status and expected highlights of the UN human rights activities in 2017. Stephen F. Moseley, President of UNA-NCA, will then converse briefly with Ms. Gaer and lead a continuation of the conversation with the audience.

When: Wednesday, July 12, 2017. 5:45 - 7:30 pm
Where: American Jewish Committee, Downtown DC (address provided upon registration)

Register Now!

21 June 2017

The Refugee Crisis: Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions

Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: United Nations Foundation, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20052

Watch the livestream and join us on Twitter @UNA-NCA #WithRefugees.

Please join the UNA-NCA on June 21, 2017 for first-account stories from refugees along with a moderated panel discussion. This event is open to the public and free for students as well as UNA-NCA members.

Since the inauguration of President Trump in January 2017, refugees and other displaced persons have witnessed an increase in negative perceptions of their presence in the United States mostly notably after Executive Order 13769. Despite the blocking of this travel ban through a federal judge Derrick Watson, mainstream Americans continue to hold insufficient knowledge on the circumstances pertaining to refugees and other displaced persons. This event seeks to dispel the associated myths and misconceptions and will highlight personal accounts of past and present refugees in the local Washington, DC area drawing on the diverse perspectives of the Asian, African, and Middle Eastern communities. The program will also look at the current situation as addressed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institution) drawing on the past and present policies and actions taken at the local, national, and global level.

  • Patrick Realiza, Chair, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee
  • Niemat Ahmadi, President, Darfur Women Action Group
  • Faith Akovi Cooper, Regional Advisor, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre
  • Mr. Larry Yungk, Senior Resettlement Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Daniel Sullivan, Senior Advocate, Refugees International

08 June 2017

2017 UNA-NCA Annual Meeting

Date: June 8th, 2017
Time: 5:30-8:00pm (Doors will open at 5pm)
Location: United Nations Foundation; 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006
Cost: Free; Suggested donation of $30

Join UNA-NCA on June 8 for this year's Annual Meeting to learn more about our recent accomplishments and continued work. Meet UNA-NCA members and the Board of Directors for the presentation of the 2016-2017 Annual Report and Board Election results, and to honor this year's awardees.

Keynote remarks by Robert Skinner, Director of the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Washington, DC.

Furthermore, in recognition of this year's critical need for a strong US-UN partnership, UNA-NCA is pleased to announce its newest award: The Edison W. Dick Advocacy Leadership Award.

The 2017 awards and recipients are:

UNA-NCA Arthur W. Johnson Leadership Award
Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (retired)
President, UNA-NCA

UNA-NCA Evelyn Falkowski Volunteer Service Award
Patrick Realiza
Chair, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee
Co-chair, UNA-NCA Communications Committee 

UNA-NCA Richard and Anne Griffis Program Leadership Award
Global Classrooms DC Program

UNA-NCA Edison W. Dick Advocacy Leadership Award
Edison W. Dick
Past President, UNA-NCA
Founding Chair, Advocacy Committee, former UNA-USA Board of Directors

To register, please click here.

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