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07 December 2017

2017 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 72nd Anniversary of the United Nations.

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors!

In honor of the 69th 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.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Reception 5:15 PM
Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres included
Program 6:00-8:00 PM
National Education Association
1201 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036 

This year's honorees are:

His Excellency Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Nancy Rivard
Founder and President, Airline Ambassadors International
Ambassador Keith Harper
Former United States Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council
Bread for the City
Award Presented to Mr. George Jones, Chief Executive Officer

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
*Non-member tickets include UNA-NCA membership

Sponsor (Individual/organization name listed in the program): $100 

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07 December 2017

2017 Human Rights Awards Sponsors

Thank you to our Individual and Institutional Sponsors!

Individual Sponsors
Timothy Barner
Patricia Beneke
Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (retired)
Nancy Bliss

Laura Blyler
Edison W. Dick
Renee Dopplick
Nancy Donaldson

A. Edward Elmendorf
Roger Griffis

Kathy Guthrie
F. Allen "Tex" Harris
Stephen F. Moseley
Karen Mulhauser
Michael Onyemelukwe

Lincoln Oviedo
Wayne Pieringer
Lyric Thompsom

Dr. Iqbal Unus
Luz Maria Utrera

Doug Wake

Institutional Sponsors

Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Circle


Human Rights Champion Circle


Human Rights Leader Circle

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Human Rights Partner Circle


Human Rights Supporter Circle

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06 December 2017

U.N. Peacekeeping is Vital- and so is its Reform

December 6, 2017 in Washington D.C. 

UNA-NCA and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) have established a partnership to consider the issue of UN Peacekeeping Reform. On May 30, 2017,  about 15 representatives of government, think tanks, foundations, universities, NGOs, USIP and UNA-NCA, representing the full ideological spectrum, met at USIP to identify the issues to be discussed at a Roundtable of Experts. 

On June 30, 2017 a Roundtable of 25 experts met at USIP (including several former ambassadors, a former UN Undersecretary, and other representatives of government, civil society and think tanks) to discuss various proposals to reform and strengthen UN Peacekeeping missions, taking into account the Secretary General’s and the US Administration’s proposed reform agendas. A consensus collated around specific reform initiatives, and a summary was prepared by USIP memorializing the key areas for Peacekeeping reform and strengthening. In addition, UNA-NCA is circulating to its members for comment a more detailed set of recommendations for Peacekeeping strengthening that draws upon ideas offered by the Brahimi and HIPPO reports, the Secretary General’s reform initiatives, the Security Council’s resolution on Peacekeeping reform, and proposals by both the US administration and the US Congress. Copies of these papers will be made available upon request.

The third step in the USIP-UNA-NCA partnership is a public symposium of UN Peacekeeping Reform to be held at USIP next to the US Department of State at which a panel of experts from the UN, US government, and the private sector will engage experts from the nation’s capital and beyond to consider these reform proposals. A report will be prepared based on this discussion. As the US Congress debates US funding of UN Peacekeeping, we hope to elevate the discussion on ways in which UN Peacekeeping serves US national security interests and that of the other member States of the United Nations.

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16 November 2017

GCDC Model UN Training Conference

Global Classrooms DC (GCDC) is the flagship program of UNA-NCA. GCDC works with students grades 6-12* in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and abroad to improve their public speaking, develop conflict management skills, and expand their understanding of global issues. Our successful approach to global education includes mentoring, professional development, curriculum, and events.

Students will discuss Human Rights of Refugees representing countries in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Students will be in double delegations (2 students representing 1 country) unless otherwise requested. The conference background guide and other preparation materials are available online under Unit 2 through the GCDC Schoology page. Students must have a basic understanding of the rules of procedure prior to November 16, though the conference will be designed to accommodate those who have never done Model UN before.

Groups may attend the Model UN Training Conference, Professional Development Workshop, or both. Groups must be registered with the GCDC Community, our year-round programming in order to attend. For more information on GCDC, please visit: http://bit.ly/GCDC_MUN 
When: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Pan American Health Organization, 525 23rd St. NW, Washington, DC 20037
Cost: Fee details found here 

Register here

07 November 2017

Fall into Sustainability: An Evening with UNA-NCA & Green Drinks DC

On Tuesday, November 7, UNA-NCA along with its Sustainable Development Committee in collaboration with Green Drinks DC is pleased to present a joint evening of drinks and networking with DC’s environmentally-minded community of professionals, students and enthusiasts. The ultimate purpose of this event is to bring together an environmentally-minded group in the Washington, DC area through both organizations and raise awareness on the importance of collective local action and participation in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, specifically Global Goal 13, Climate Action. 


Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Time5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location1101 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Cost: Free, but registration is required 

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07 November 2017

Coverage of Fall into Sustainability: An Evening with UNA-NCA & Green Drinks DC

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By Kathie Bolognese, Member, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area along with its Sustainable Development Committee in collaboration with Green Drinks DC held their first joint networking social on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at Barcode in Washington, DC. Despite the rainy weather, there was an amazing turnout of over 80 environmentally-minded professionals from the government, business, and non government sectors who gathered for an evening of fun and conversation walking away with many new personal and professional contacts.

Mr. Spencer Schecht, Co-Organizer of Green Drinks DC and Mr. Patrick Realiza, Chair of the UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee both welcomed the guests, briefly spoke about their respective organizations and encouraged attendees to help raise awareness and take collective local action on relevant environmental issues.

Social networking events like “Fall into Sustainability” continue to support UNA-NCA’s relationship building objectives and activities to help raise public awareness of its mission in developing and fostering strong US-UN partnership, both globally and locally. Looking ahead into 2018, the Sustainable Development Committee aims to continue to bring together more local green leaders to further bridge the environmental community. Interested potential members are encouraged to contact Mr. Realiza at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to join or become involved in the planning process.

31 October 2017

Graduate Fellows Program

Application Process

The deadline for Spring 2018 UNA-NCA applications is Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 5pm.
The deadline for reference letters and unofficial transcripts is Friday, November 17, 2017 at 5pm.

Applications should be submitted via email to Laurence Peters, Director, UNA Graduate Fellows Program with subject line "Firstname_Lastname GFP 2018 Application" 
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Click HERE for the Application
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25 October 2017

Recap of Fall 2017 Young Professionals' Career Dinner Series

On Saturday, October 14, 2017, UNA-NCA invited students and young professionals to participate in its semi-annual Young Professional Career Dinner series.

This signature event is held every fall and spring and is an opportunity for young professionals to discuss global career paths and network with experienced professionals in their fields of interest. The Fall 2017 Dinner Series kicked off with a networking reception at the United Nations Foundation, where around 80 participants and speakers had the chance to meet and swap business cards. Stephen Moseley, President of UNA-NCA, and Paula Boland, Executive Director of UNA-NCA, welcomed guests to the evening’s event, before turning over the stage to our keynote speaker, Andy Rabens, who is the Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues at the U.S. Department of State.

Andy Rabens delivered a keynote speech that set the tone for the evening. His enthusiasm and passion for international affairs was contagious as he encouraged participants to pursue careers in government and international affairs. He offered three main points of advice to the attendees: “1) Keep pushing; don’t take rejection personally; and cast a wide net; 2) Continue to focus on building your leadership skill-sets for down the road; 3) Foreign Affairs begins in your backyard - neighborhood, ward, community - and broadens globally.” In his role as Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues, Andy focuses on helping the U.S. Government better engage young people internationally to help solve the pressing challenges of today while also building greater global connectivity and networks to shape a more secure and prosperous future. He leads efforts to coordinate and amplify global youth policy and initiatives. Prior to joining the State Department in 2008, Andy worked for United States Senator Dianne Feinstein and for the Rt. Honorable Ed Miliband in the UK Parliament.
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