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09 October 2016

Cedar Lane Forum: The UN and the US during a time of transition

Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016

Time: 10:10 am to 11:10 am 

Place: Chalice House, Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church,  9601  Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814

This annual program is part  of UNA-NCA’s UN Month activities. It also falls on UN Day at Cedar Lane and there will be other activities on the UN on that day, including a Sunday sermon on the UN by the Rev Abhi Janamanchi, at9:00 and again at 11:00 am. The Forum falls between the two services. 

Speaker: Robert Skinner, Director, UN Information Center 

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Robert Skinner is the Director of the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Washington, DC. His duties include managing United Nations public information activities in Washington, DC and the United States, and maintaining relations with officials from the U.S. government, members of Congress, media, civil society, the diplomatic community, business and educational
institutions.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Robert was the Executive Director in the New York Office of the United Nations Foundation, where he was responsible for managing relations with various UN offices, Permanent Missions to the UN, civil society organizations, and private sector actors; communications and press; and office operations.

Before joining the Foundation in 2006, Robert held several positions in the United States Department of State, including as Deputy Spokesperson at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York, and as Public Affairs Officer for the United States Embassy in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. He also held posts in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire and San Salvador, El Salvador.

Robert was an attorney in the Office of the Cook County Public Defender, Chicago, Illinois before starting his diplomatic career. Robert holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Administration from Oakland University in the United States.  He is married and has two children.





27 September 2016

Advancing Human Rights: The United Nations and China

Freedom House and the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area invite you to Advancing Human Rights: The United Nations and China.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Freedom House
1850 M Street NW
Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20036

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Please join us for a candid discussion on how the United Nations can support human rights in China: What impact is the UN having on China’s human rights situation? Are the special rapporteurs, Universal Periodic Review process, and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights making a difference? How is the Chinese government responding to the work of the UN on Human Rights in China? And how can the UN address China’s human rights situation more effectively?

Welcome Remarks
Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (ret)
President
UNA-NCA

Participants
Dr. Yang Jianli
President
Initiatives for China

Dr. Xiao R. Li
Independent Scholar 

Dr. Sophie Richardson
China Director
Human Rights Watch

Moderator
Dr. Mark P. Lagon
Distinguished Scholar and Centennial Fellow 
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University 





15 September 2016

Young African Fellows Farewell Reception

Join UNA-NCA, IREX, and APCO Worldwide for a Farewell Reception for the 2016 Mandela Fellows. 

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative, offers support to African youth leaders in the form of leadership training, mentoring opportunities, and professional internships. Upon returning to their home countries, Fellows have continued access to further training and opportunities, which better position them to take on important roles in the achievement of development goals in their home countries and beyond. Please join UNA-NCA in congratulating the 2016 Fellows on their successful completion of the program!

Speakers:
Wandra Mitchell, African Development Foundation and UNA-NCA Advisory Council
Donald Bliss, President, UNA-NCA
Sandra Taylor, International Advisory Council Member, APCO Worldwide

When: Thursday, September 15; 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where:  
APCO Worldwide; 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; Suite 300; Washington, D.C. 20004


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08 August 2016

Perdita Huston Human Rights Award Nominations Extended!

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.

The Perdita Huston Human Rights Award is presented to persons who have:

1) Advocated to eliminate discrimination against women and girls around the world; and
2) Made significant contributions for greater gender equality through increasing economic opportunity and development, promoting human rights, and supporting peace and security for women and girls.

Nominations have been extended through August 8th! We look forward to receiving your nominations!

Please be sure to submit your nomination forms to us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



08 July 2016

Internship Opportunities

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Positions

UNA-NCA Program Assistant
Global Classrooms Program Assistant
Global Classrooms Youth Team Intern

About the Program

UNA-NCA offers year-round unpaid internships to current students (undergraduates and graduates) and recent graduates.  Both general program assistant positions and those specific to our Global Classrooms DC are available.

UNA-NCA is now accepting Program Assistant applications for the 2016-2017 Academic Year (Fall and Spring semesters). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

UNA-NCA Program Assistant


20-35 hours/week

Program assistants will gain experience working in a small, non-profit environment and exposure to a variety of communications, membership, events, development, and general administrative tasks.  This position is ideal for those interested in non-profit management and will provide hands-on experience as an integral member of the team.

***To apply, please email resume, cover letter, and hours of availability to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and include Program Assistant in the subject line.  


Job Duties
Database/Membership Management
  • Update and maintain UNA-NCA database and listserv.
  • Assist with developing membership recruitment and retention strategies.
  • Help contact new and current members to inform them about upcoming event and volunteer opportunities.

Communications
  • Create and edit the e-newsletter.
  • Assist with maintaining and updating the UNA-NCA website.
  • Help prepare press releases and other promotional materials.
  • Help write, edit and layout newsletters and annual reports.
  • Write articles about UNA-NCA or partner's events to be posted on website.
  • Maintain UNA-NCA's social media presence by posting news and information on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Events/Outreach
  • Help organize events, meetings and fundraisers, including securing speakers, locating venues, and managing registration.
  • Assist volunteers and other organizations with event logistics.
  • Help create and plan new fundraisers.
  • Assist with event publicity and outreach.
  • Represent association at UNA-NCA and partner organization events.

Research/Development/Fundraising
  • Research possible grant opportunities to foundations and other grant-making organizations.
  • Prepare initial drafts of Letters of Inquiry and Grant Applications.
  • Assist in creating and maintaining a calendar of grant deadlines and cycles.
  • Help prepare supporting documentation for grant applications.
  • Other fundraising-related duties as assigned

Minimum Required Skills and Experience
  • Detail-oriented and well-organized
  • 1+ years’ experience in an office setting, handling day-to-day administrative tasks.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Customer service skills, especially via phone and email.
  • Event planning experience.
  • Strong research and writing skills and experience.
  • Ability to work independently as well as a part of a team with minimal supervision while maintaining a “can-do” attitude.
  • Previous experience working in a fast paced environment, where handling multiple projects at once is a necessity
  • Experience with microsoft Word, Excel, Google Drive, and Google Calendar
  • Basic knowledge of HTML and/or experience in making website updates preferred
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign or Photoshop preferred
  • Database experience preferred
  • Experience writing grants and submitting grant applications preferred

**This position is unpaid.



Global Classrooms Program Assistant
Program assistants will gain experience working in a small, non-profit environment and exposure to a variety of communications, membership, events, development, and general administrative tasks.  This position is ideal for those interested in non-profit management, program development, and will provide hands-on experience as an integral member of the team.

Please send your most up-to-date cover letter, resume/CV, and short writing sample or lesson plan (1-2 pages) to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

In your email, please include the subject line "GCDC Summer Internship"

International students are also strongly encouraged to apply. We accept applications from current students and recent graduates.

Deadline to apply for Fall 2017: Please check back July 2017 for more information

Job Duties
  • Develop curriculum materials on international topics for middle and high school students to be used for Model UN conference preparation
  • Research the role of the UN in selected international topics for curriculum materials (e.g. Climate Change, Human Rights of Refugees, Food Security, etc.)
  • Research and develop grant applications for program fundraising
  • Run social media outreach for GCDC
  • Attend "UN Family" and partnership events on behalf of our program in DC, including UNIC, UN Foundation, and more
  • Provide staff support at various UNA-NCA and GCDC events, including the UNA-USA annual meeting and possible partnership events

Skills and Experience
  • Background and/or interest in education, curriculum development and non-profits
  • Strong editing, writing, and communication skills
  • Excellent research and organization skills
  • A creative eye for design in our social media, curriculum, and more
  • Minimum of 25-30 hours a week required
  • International affairs background and/or interest preferred
  • Model UN experience preferred, but not required
  • Experience working with middle and high-school age groups preferred, but not required (elementary school experience accepted)

*This position is unpaid, but volunteer hours or school credit is available. Start and end dates are negotiable.



Global Classrooms Youth Team Intern


Youth Team Interns will gain experience and develop skills necessary for working in a professional environment, refine research and writing skills, and receive exposure to a variety of communications, membership, events, development, and general administrative tasks.  This position is ideal for those passionate about international conflicts and/or education and driven, hardworking students who are looking to develop life skills outside of the classroom. Please note this position is only open to high school students.

To Apply: please send a transcript, resume, cover letter, and a 2 page writing sample to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Deadline for Fall 2017: Please check back July 2017 for more information

Job Duties
  • Develop curriculum materials on international topics for middle and high school students to be used for Model UN conference preparation
  • Research the role of the UN in selected international topics for curriculum materials (e.g. Climate Change, Human Rights of Refugees, Food Security, etc.)
  • Research and develop grant applications for program fundraising
  • Help prepare promotional materials and social media communications
  • Attend "UN Family" and partnership events on behalf of our program in DC, including UNIC, UN Foundation, and more
  • Provide staff support at various UNA-NCA and GCDC events, including the UNA-USA annual meeting and possible partnership events

Minimum Required Skills and Experience

  • Detail-oriented
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Customer service skills, especially via phone and email
  • Strong research skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as a part of a team with minimal supervision while maintaining a “can-do” attitude
  • Ability to balance multiple projects at once
  • Background and strong interest in international affairs, political science, international relations, related field or Model United Nations
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and ability to use social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube) for communication and promotion
  • High school student in DC, Maryland or Virginia enrolled in public school, public charter school, private school, or home-schooled education. 
**This position is unpaid, volunteer hours are available upon request
  




05 July 2016

Employment Opportunities


There are currently no full-time employment opportunities available. 



30 June 2016

Call for Nominations for the 2016 UNA-NCA Human Rights Awards

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 2016 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:

1) Advocated respect for international human rights as defined by the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and other international human rights treaties and instruments;
2) Championed the effective role of the UN as well as regional organizations in the promotion and protection of human rights;
3) Advocated respect for human rights as a priority in US foreign and domestic policies; and
4) Elevated the role of non-governmental organizations in promoting and protecting human rights.

The Perdita Huston Human Rights Award is presented to persons who have:

1) Advocated to eliminate discrimination against women and girls around the world; and
2) Made significant contributions for greater gender equality through increasing economic opportunity and development, promoting human rights, and supporting peace and security for women and girls.

The Tex Harris Diplomacy Award is presented to current or former American diplomats who have:

1) Advocated respect in American diplomacy for international human rights as defined by the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights treaties and instruments;
2) Made significant achievements in human rights through the use of diplomacy; and
3) Demonstrated leadership in the diplomatic community on human rights issues.

The deadline for nominations is June 30, and selection begins in July. Please be sure to submit your nomination forms to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Past recipients can be found here along with a full list of award criteria .



11 June 2016

Young Professionals Happy Hour

The UNA-NCA Young Professionals Board of Directors invites you to join them for a fun and casual happy hour on Saturday, June 11 at The Front Page.

The event will be a great opportunity to meet members, volunteers and staff from UNA-NCA and other DC folks interested in the work of the organization.  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. Young professionals coming from out of town to attend UNA-USA's Leadership Summit are invited to join. We hope to see you there!

When:
Saturday, June 11, 2016 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: The Front Page on 1333 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036 
Cost to Register: Free

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