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22 May 2020

2020 UNA-NCA Human Rights Awards Nominations

Thank you for your interest innominating an individual or organization for the 2020 UNA-NCA Human Rights Awards.  Unfortuantely, the nominations period has closed.  Keep an eye on our website and newsletter for more information on this year's ceremony!

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area’s (UNA-NCA) annual Human Rights Awards Reception commemorates the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by presenting the Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award, the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award, the F. Allen “Tex” Harris Diplomacy Award, and the Community Human Rights Award to individuals and organizations that have made substantial contributions in the field of human rights.

We invite you to submit your nominations for the 2020 UNA-NCA Human Rights Awards. This is an opportunity for you to honor those you know who are working to further human rights, and we are excited to see who this year’s recipients will be.

The Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award is presented to persons who have:
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19 May 2020

UNA-NCA Coffee Chat: Leaders in Innovation and Social Impact

UNA-NCA Coffee Chat: Leaders in Innovation and Social Impact

Exploring Business-NGO Partnerships 

UNA-NCA will be hosting our next Coffee Chat in partnership with GoogleUNFCUStarbucksDevex, and more!
Join us on Tuesday, May 19 from 1:00-2:00pm for our exploration of Business-NGO partnerships with leaders in corporate social responsibility and social impact programming.
Cross-sector partnerships play an essential role in allowing us to achieve shared goals in sustainable development. We will explore our stakeholders' respective business practices, industry challenges, and the impact of COVID-19 on cross-sector collaboration. 

The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Alene Gelbard, founder of ACCESS Partnerships, featuring: 

Ria Bailey-Galvis
Senior Analyst in Government Affairs and Public Policy,Google 

Aldrinana Leung
Manager of Global Social Impact, Starbucks 

Zoe Kant
Deputy Director of Corporate Engagement, The Nature Conservancy

Adva Saldinger
Associate Editor, Devex

Elisabeth Philippe
Senior Manager of Community and Media Relations, UNFCU

What are our shared goals- and how can we work together to build a better future? Register now.
Did you miss our last Coffee Chat on Women in Leadership and SDG 5? You can watch a brief recap here
Register for UNA-NCA's Coffee Chat on Business-NGO Partnerships here
 Direct all inquiries to shayna@unanca.org. 

18 May 2020

2020 Board of Directors Election Slate

Members: Vote Today!

Officers (Two-year term)
Board Chair-Elect: Jill Christianson
Vice Chair, Advocacy: Gayatri Patel 
Vice Chair and Secretary: Dawn Calabia   
Chair, Advisory Council*: Ted Piccone

Directors-At-Large (Three-year term)
Supriya Baily
Patricia Beneke
Renee Dopplick
Steven McGann
Michael Onyemelukwe
Audré Park
Richard Ponzio
Aaron Sean Poynton 

Student Representative (One-year term)
Nursena Oktem

*Please note that there will be two Co-Chairs of the Advisory Council.  Nancy Donaldson will be appointed as the other Co-Chair.

13 May 2020

Maryland UN75 Consultation

Registerhere .

08 May 2020

Young Professional Virtual Office Hours

The UNA-NCA Young Professionals Program will be hosting virtual office hours to provide career insight and mentorship in various fields. We are currently looking for professionals to act as mentors and answer questions regarding their career, work with the UNA-NCA, and other relevant experience. 
If you would like to become a mentor, please share your contact information and availability in this Google Sheet. This will not commit you to any responsibilities yet, but will simply inform us of your availability.

If we match you with an individual who is interested in your knowledge and expertise, we will make sure to reach out to you in advance and share the opportunity with you before making any direct connections. 
For any questions, please feel free to reach out to contactyp@unanca.org.

Registration closes on Friday, May 22nd at 12:00pm EST

05 May 2020

Upcoming Coffee Chat on Women in Leadership

Coffee Chat: Gender Equality and SDG 5

Women in Leadership

Join us for the next installment of our Coffee Chat series on Tuesday, May 5 from 1:00-2:00pm for a discussion on Women in Leadership. We'll engage on a number of topics: UN work on gender equality and SDG 5, priority issues in advocacy for women's rights, critical reflections on personal career trajectories and insights for young leaders.
Grab a fresh cup of your favorite warm beverage and join UNA-NCA Executive Director Paula Boland in conversation with:

Karen Mulhauser
UNA-NCA Past President, UNA-USA Past National Council Chair, Founder and Coordinator of Consulting Women LLC,Chair Emerita of the Women's Information Network, NARAL Former Executive Director

Oona Nelson
UNA-NCA Youth Ambassador
Gayatri Patel
Director of Gender Advocacy, CARE

Rachel Bowen Pittman
Executive Director, UNA-USA
Register here


21 April 2020

UNA-NCA Coffee Chat: Climate Action & SDG 13


Join us in conversation with some of the leading experts on sustainability, climate change, and UN governance on April 21st from 1-2pm as we kick off our UNA-NCA Coffee Chat Series. We'll sit down and grab a cup of our preferred beverages as we explore the Sustainable Development Goals, Global Environmental Policy, and Earth Day Advocacy in the digital age.

Register here

15 April 2020

Take Action: Devastating Threat to Freeze All WHO Funding


In the last 24 hours, the threat to the United Nations - and the prosperity of the international community - has come under renewed threat. As of April 14, the Administration claimed that it would freeze all funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) - all the while, we remain in the midst of an unprecedented global battle with COVID-19. 
You can watch this morning's update from the Secretary General on the spread of COVID-19 and misinformation here.  
The impact of such a freeze could be catastrophic to the treatment and prevention of COVID-19 across the globe - and we'll feel it in our own communities as well. 
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, WHO has shipped: 800,000 surgical masks; 54,000 N95 masks; 873,000 gloves; 15,000 goggles; 24,000 face shields.  This personal protective equipment (PPE) has been sent to 75 countries; they have also shipped testing kits to 126 countries. WHO's leadership in supporting research and production in partnership with Google, Facebook, and Whatsapp have played a critical role in mitigating the consequences of this pandemic. 
We stand with WHO - and we need our members of Congress to denounce this threat. More than ever before, this is the time to supprot the UN and its agencies. 
Picking up the phone and calling your Member of Congress is a quick and effective way to stand in solidarity with the World Health Organization (WHO). 
1.To call your respective Members of Congress, please dial 855-466-4862.
  • Once you dial this number, you will be asked to enter your five-digit zip code.
  • Afterwards, you will be prompted to press #1 or #2 to speak with your Senators and #3 to speak with your Representative.
  • Helpful tip: if you're leaving a voicemail, be prepared to limit your message to under 90 seconds. 
2.Before calling, be prepared with a short script that covers the following pieces of information:
  • Who are you? Where are you from?
Sample Script: Hi, I’m [your name], a constituent and voter from [your town/county/city, state]. I am a member of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, the largest chapter of UNA-USA, a grassroots movement of Americans dedicated to supporting the vital work of the United Nations.
  • Why are you calling?
Sample Script: I am calling you today to express my support for the World Health Organization. Right now, the UN is leading and coordinating the global response effort to COVID-19 by supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. In today’s interconnected world, a deadly health threat anywhere is a deadly threat everywhere. Will you join me in condemning the threat to WHO funding? 
  • How has COVID-19 impacted your life?
3.Keep your message brief and to the point, and don’t forget to thank the staffer for their time!
Share the attached graphic on social media using the hashtag #USAforUN. Together, we can make it clear to Congress, this Administration, and the men and women on the frontlines of this fight- we stand with the WHO.  
Download, save, and share UNA-NCA's one-pager on calling you member of congress here.
Interested in joining UNA-NCA's Advocacy Task Force for rapid response advocacy efforts? Email shayna@unanca.org

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