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24 October 2012

United Nations Day

The UN Day was established to highlight the aims and achievements of the United Nations. The day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. The annual day has occurred since 1948.

United Nations Day has traditionally been marked throughout the world with meetings, discussions and exhibits about the achievements and goals of the organization. In 1971, the General Assembly recommended that member states observe it as a public holiday.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated in 2010: "UN Day is a day on which we resolve to do more. More to protect those caught up in armed conflict, to fight climate change and avert nuclear catastrophe; more to expand opportunities for women and girls, and to combat injustice and impunity; more to meet the Millennium Development Goals."



24 October 2012

Business Forum for Global Classrooms Reception

Hosted by Pepco Holdings, this forum is related to UNA-NCA's Global Classrooms program. Special guests include Dr. Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, and Dr. Carey Wright, Chief Academic Officer of DC Public Schools. 



23 October 2012

Trivia Night: UN Month Edition

The Board Room 1737
Connecticut Avenue NW

Do you think you know more about the United Nations than your friends??  Come challenge them at our UN Month trivia night!  We'll be at the Board Room, a new Dupont-area bar that offers up great beers and board games.  Were also bringing back our signature Peacekeeper and Secretary-General cocktails, along with pizza and Georgetown cupcakes!  So bring your friends or meet some new ones while testing your knowledge of the United Nations.



22 October 2012

Foreign Policy Networking & Debate Watch Party

The 201 Bar, Executive Lounge
201 Massachusetts Avenue NE

Join UNA-NCA, the Women's Information Network (WIN), and Women in International Security (WIIS) on Monday, October 22 to watch the Presidential Debate on foreign policy. Come to discuss the election, politics, world events, and make some lasting connections within this amazing community of women and their supporters! Informal networking begins at 8 pm and the debate starts at 9 pm.



17 October 2012

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed every year since 1993, when the General Assembly, by resolution 47/196 designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries, particularly in developing countries — a need that has become a development priority.

At the Millennium Summit, world leaders committed themselves to cutting by half, by the year 2015, the number of people living in extreme poverty — people whose income is less than one dollar a day.

17 October presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty. Participation of the poor themselves has been at the center of the Day's celebration since its very beginning.

The commemoration of 17 October also reflects the willingness of people living in poverty to use their expertise to contribute to the eradication of poverty.



17 October 2012

Lunch & Learn - Rio+20

UN Information Center
1775 K Street NW
4th Floor

This Lunch & Learn will focus on Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20-22, 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development.

Amy Fraenkel, Regional Director, United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)  

Ms. Fraenkel will remark on economic and social development in the context of the Rio+20 Conference and environmental sustainability.  The speech will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Attendees should feel free to bring their own lunch and depart as needed.  



17 October 2012

Insurgent Violence in the North Caucasus

Voesar Conference Room
1957 E Street NW
Suite 412

UNA-NCA, along with The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, invites you to join:
Insurgent Violence in the North Caucasus: Pathways and Trajectories Explaining Insurgent Participation
Part of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) Visiting Scholar Roundtable

Jean Francois Ratelle
University of Ottawa

This talk will analyze the recent upsurge of violence in the North Caucasus.  By looking at the different pathways and processes leading to insurgent participation, the speaker will use the case of the Republic of Dagestan to identify the crucial micro-dynamics of violence in the region.  



15 October 2012

The European Union and International Organizations in Crisis

Lindner Family Commons
1957 E Street NW
Room 602

UNA-NCA and The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, invites you to join:
The European Union and International Organizations in a Time of Crisis
Part of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) Eurasian Leadership Series

Francois Rivasseau 

Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union to the US, Member of the Advisory Board on Disarmament of the UN Secretary General, Former French Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva 

Mr. Rivasseau will discuss the relationship between the European Union and other international organizations such as the UN, NATO, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund during this time of crisis.  He will also assess the place of the EU in this new global order.



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