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11 October 2018

Tweaks or Transformation? New Models and Strategies for Tackling Global Challenges

OCTOBER 11, 2018 | 12:30 PM- 2:30 PM 


Stimson Center, UNA National Capital Area, and the Global Challenges Foundation (GCF) are co-hosting a public discussion on the future of global governance. The aim is to reflect on lessons learned from previous reform, innovation, and renewal efforts, to draw attention to new initiatives, and to demonstrate ways that those interested in contributing to reform can become engaged in the movement.  The GCF supports risk awareness and facilitates governance innovation aimed at mitigating global catastrophic risks.

What: A public discussion on the future of global governance. This event is on-the-record.

Where: The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington DC, 20036

When: Thursday, 11 October, from 12:30 - 2:30 pm. A light lunch will be served from 12 noon.

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Brian Finlay, President and CEO, The Stimson Center (Welcome)

Fredrik Karlsson, Executive Director, Global Challenges Foundation (Introduction of the Global Challenges Foundation and New Shape Process)

Panel Discussion With:

Bruce jones, Vice-President and Director of the Foreign Policy Program, Brookings

Augusto Lopez-Carlos, Senior Fellow, Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (on leave from the World Bank)

Brett Schaefer, Jay Kingham Senior Research Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs, The Heritage Foundation

Kate Sullivan, Head of Partnerships, Global Challenges Foundation

Megan Roberts, Deputy Director for Policy Planning, United Nations Foundation (co-moderator)

Richard Ponzio, Director, Just Security 2020 Program and co-chair, UNA-NCA Peace & Security Committee, The Stimson Center (co-moderator).

This panel is being held in partnership with The Stimson Center and the Global Challenges Foundation (GCF).

11 October 2018

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 73rd Anniversary of the UN and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Joining us will be special guests from the U.S. Committee on UN Women.  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 folks interested in hot topics in international affairs, and get involved with issues you are passionate about! 

 Thursday, October 11; 5:30 - 8:30 pm 

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

Cost: Free 

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20 September 2018

The Critical Challenges of Human Trafficking and Corruption

An estimated 24.9 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery. The overwhelming majority of the victims are entrapped and controlled by criminal networks operating together with corrupt public officials. Join the UNA-NCA International Law Committee and the Partnership for Transparency Fund’s Anti-Corruption Forum for a discussion on the ways in which corruption enables and perpetuates human trafficking and migrant smuggling, and what the international community can do to address these human rights abuses.

Keynote Lead Speakers: 
  • Katie Ford, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Freedom For All
  • Ambassador Luis C. deBaca, Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (2009-2014), Director of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking ("SMART Office") (2014-2017)

When: Thursday, September 20, 2018 5:30pm to 7:00pm (Doors at 5:00pm)
Where: United Nations Foundation, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20006
Cost: Members & Students*: FREE | Non-Members: $5 
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17 September 2018

Save the Dates for an Exciting Fall!

Save the Dates for an Exciting Fall!
Thursday, October 11 - Eleanor Roosevelt Birthday Happy Hour at The Eleanor DC
Come join UNA-NCA to celebrate the birthday of Eleanor Roosevelt and the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights! 
Saturday, October 20 - Young Professionals Fall Career Dinner Series
UNA-NCA Young Professionals will host their signature Fall Career Dinner Series at the UN Foundation on Saturday October 20th.  This semi-annual series will focus on Careers in UN agencies.
Thursday, December 6 - Human Rights Awards Reception
Join us at the National Education Association to celebrate individuals and organizations who have dedicated their lives to the improvement of human rights. 

13 September 2018

Russia and Human Rights in the United Nations

Join UNA-NCA's Human Rights Committee for Russia and Human Rights in the United Nations. In addition to focusing on the actions and inactions of the UN Human Rights Council in addressing human rights in Russia, there will also be a focus on the impact of Russia on the treatment of human rights by the United Nations – in development of the UN’s Human Rights Council and the UN’s human rights actions and inactions concerning individual countries with a tie to Sustainable Development Goal #16: Peace and Justice. With an exciting list of expert panelists and moderation by Doug Wake, lead author of UNA-NCA's recent four-part background paper on the subject: Read Part I here, Part II here, Part III here, and Part IV here.

When: Thursday, September 13th, 2018 from 5:30-8PM
Where: American Jewish Committee (The address in Northwest Washington, DC will be provided upon registration.  Their office is just a few blocks from Farragut North or McPherson Square Metro Stations)
Cost: Free

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22 August 2018

Equality: It’s All in the Family Film Screening and Panel Discussion

The African Affairs Committee in collaboration with the George Washington University and the Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) as part of their Global Advocacy campaign will host an event to raise awareness of and educate the public on discriminatory family laws around the world. There will be a screening of WLP’s documentary film on the topic followed by a Q&A session with a special focus on family law reform in Africa targeting the SDG #5: Gender Equality.

When: Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: The George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street NW, Room 505, Washington, DC 20052
Cost: Free
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13 August 2018

UNA Young Professionals Happy Hour

The UNA-NCA Young Professionals invites you to join them for a fun and casual happy hour on Monday, August 13 at James Hoban's Irish Restaurant.
The event will be a great opportunity to meet members from UNA-NCA. Participants will have the chance to engage in conversations about hot topics in international politics and development issues such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as learn more about the activities carried out by the UNA-NCA network and to make new friends. We hope to see you there!
When: Monday, August 13, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: James Hoban's Irish Restaurant, 1 Dupont Cir NW, Washington, DC 20036
Cost to Register: Free, but registration is encouraged!

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20 June 2018

Volunteer Leadership Opportunities

Have you been looking for a volunteer opportunity?

UNA-NCA is seeking skilled and motivated volunteers to serve on its committees, as well as qualified individuals to lead our Sustainable Development, Human Rights, and African Affairs Committees. We also have openings for volunteers on standing committees (such as resource development, governance, advocacy, communications, and membership) and on our program committees (such as human rights, peace and security, and sustainable development). If you’re interested in lending your passion and interest to our organization, gaining new skills, and becoming more involved with UNA-NCA, it’s a great time to become involved.

To apply, please complete this form.

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