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09 August 2017

Join UNA-NCA’s Peace and Security Committee!

Interested in peace and security? Join UNA-NCA’s Peace and Security Committee, which promotes the core principles of the UN concerning the peace and security of the global community. Through a series of events and mixers the committee aims to learn more about UN peace initiatives and examine U.S. policies toward the UN's peace and security programs.

For more details please contact co-chairs Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (ret) at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and Richard Ponzio at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please note, committees are open to UNA-NCA members only. Join today if you’re not already a member and be sure to select the National Capital Area as your chapter.



08 August 2017

Congress and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Lawmaker's Perspective on Strong U.S. Leadership in the UN and on Climate Action

Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Location: Rayburn House Office Building Room 2168 (Gold Room)
                45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515

Cost: Free 

Since the recent announcement of the United States’ decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement (CP21) on June 1, 2017 by President Trump, the fundamental existence of climate-driven policies to help mitigate climate change have been placed at a standstill and in some cases entirely eliminated.
Despite the warnings from several companies, organizations and other entities at the local, state and national levels the Trump administration continues to ignore the imperative need to implement and execute these salient policies.
President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement is a repudiation of possibly one of the great achievements of the United Nations and of the strong legacy of US-UN bipartisan leadership in support of the post-World War II global order.

This event will address the potential consequences and risks associated with this recent withdrawal and will bring in the perspective of Representative Don Beyer (VA-08), the Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

The program will also look at the current situation as addressed by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #17 (Partnerships for the Goals) as catalyst for the UN Association to reaffirm efforts to inform, educate and advocate for global cooperation.


Opening Remarks & Introducer: Thomas (Huan-Cheng) Liu, Member, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee
Featuring: Honorable Don Beyer (VA-08), Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
Moderator: George Ingram, Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution
Closing Remarks: Patrick Realiza, Chair, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee

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12 July 2017

Whither the UN and Human Rights? Why 2017 Matters

Ms. Gaer is the Director of the American Jewish Committee’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights; Vice Chair of the UN Committee against Torture*; and 2016 UNA-NCA Louis B. Sohn Awardee. Ms. Gaer will open the discussion with a short presentation on the status and expected highlights of the UN human rights activities in 2017. Stephen F. Moseley, President of UNA-NCA, will then converse briefly with Ms. Gaer and lead a continuation of the conversation with the audience.


When: Wednesday, July 12, 2017. 5:45 - 7:30 pm
Where: American Jewish Committee, Downtown DC (address provided upon registration)

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21 June 2017

The Refugee Crisis: Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions

Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: United Nations Foundation, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20052

Watch the livestream and join us on Twitter @UNA-NCA #WithRefugees.

Please join the UNA-NCA on June 21, 2017 for first-account stories from refugees along with a moderated panel discussion. This event is open to the public and free for students as well as UNA-NCA members.

Since the inauguration of President Trump in January 2017, refugees and other displaced persons have witnessed an increase in negative perceptions of their presence in the United States mostly notably after Executive Order 13769. Despite the blocking of this travel ban through a federal judge Derrick Watson, mainstream Americans continue to hold insufficient knowledge on the circumstances pertaining to refugees and other displaced persons. This event seeks to dispel the associated myths and misconceptions and will highlight personal accounts of past and present refugees in the local Washington, DC area drawing on the diverse perspectives of the Asian, African, and Middle Eastern communities. The program will also look at the current situation as addressed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institution) drawing on the past and present policies and actions taken at the local, national, and global level.
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08 June 2017

2017 UNA-NCA Annual Meeting


Date: June 8th, 2017
Time: 5:30-8:00pm (Doors will open at 5pm)
Location: United Nations Foundation; 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006
Cost: Free; Suggested donation of $30

Join UNA-NCA on June 8 for this year's Annual Meeting to learn more about our recent accomplishments and continued work. Meet UNA-NCA members and the Board of Directors for the presentation of the 2016-2017 Annual Report and Board Election results, and to honor this year's awardees.

Keynote remarks by Robert Skinner, Director of the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Washington, DC.

Furthermore, in recognition of this year's critical need for a strong US-UN partnership, UNA-NCA is pleased to announce its newest award: The Edison W. Dick Advocacy Leadership Award.

The 2017 awards and recipients are:



UNA-NCA Arthur W. Johnson Leadership Award
Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (retired)
President, UNA-NCA
 

UNA-NCA Evelyn Falkowski Volunteer Service Award
Patrick Realiza
Chair, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee
Co-chair, UNA-NCA Communications Committee 


UNA-NCA Richard and Anne Griffis Program Leadership Award
Global Classrooms DC Program


UNA-NCA Edison W. Dick Advocacy Leadership Award
Edison W. Dick
Past President, UNA-NCA
Founding Chair, Advocacy Committee, former UNA-USA Board of Directors



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23 May 2017

How the United Nations Beat Hitler and Prepared the Peace

Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Location: American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), 2101 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

Please join UNA-NCA on May 23rd as we welcome author and Professor Dan Plesch. Dr. Plesch will give remarks and answering questions from Nancy Donaldson, Director of the International Labor Organization’s Washington Office.

On 1 January 1942, Churchill and Roosevelt issued a 'Declaration by United Nations' with 24 other states. This marked the beginning of the UN in a real and tangible form. Yet today many people have forgotten that the UN was forged in the midst of the confusion and complexity of wartime. How did the armies of the United Nations co-operate in the final years of World War II to contain - and ultimately reverse - Nazi expansionism? And when and for what purpose did the UN undertake to tackle the international economic and social challenges, not only of warfare but of a post-war world transformed beyond recognition?

Bretton Woods and San Francisco were United Nations conferences, and interim United Nations organizations preceded the Charter. Understanding the wartime United Nations reframes our understanding of the second half of the last century and of our own. From UNESCO to the World Bank the primary purpose of the international system is conflict prevention and its wartime architects bequeathed us this system as a realist necessity vital in times of trial, not as a liberal accessory to be discarded when the going gets rough.

Drawing on previously unknown material from the UN archives, Dan Plesch analyses responses at all levels of society, from high level political elites to grass roots level. Arguing that the Allied defeat of Nazism should properly be called a United Nations victory, Dan Plesch has pieced together the full story of how the UN intervened in surprising ways at a pivotal time in European history. America, Hitler and the UN is an important addition to the literature of World War II.

Dan’s new book, Human Rights after Hitler reveals thousands of forgotten US and Allied war crimes prosecutions against Hitler and other Axis war criminals based on a popular movement for justice that stretched from Poland to the Pacific. These cases provide a great foundation for twenty-first-century human rights and accompany the achievements of the Nuremberg trials and postwar conventions. They include indictments of perpetrators of the Holocaust made while the death camps were still operating, which confounds the conventional wisdom that there was no official Allied response to the Holocaust at the time. This history also brings long overdue credit to the United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC), which operated during and after World War II.

Featuring

Dr. Dan Plesch, Director and Reader (Senior Associate Professor), Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS, University of London

Dr. Plesch has been engaged with US Foreign Policy, NATO and the UN since the 1980s. His most recent research concerns grand strategy for global peace and security rooted in the practical vision of the Allies during and after the Second World War. That is the foundations of the now seventy year global system that is now widely seen as under threat today. This work encompasses gender equalityhuman rights and war crimes and arms control and disarmament.

While Senior Fellow at the UK's Royal United Services Institute after 9/11 Plesch was an analyst for BBC, World TV and CNN International. From 1986-2000 Plesch was the founder in Washington DC of the British American Security Information Council engaging with a range of transatlantic security issues on projects for the Ford and MacArthur foundations amonst others and testifying to the US Congress and European Parliaments.

Plesch points our the irony that we may stumble into World War Three having discarded the lessons and institutions built at such great cost after 1918 and 1945; arguing that unilateral action can only ever be a short term solution in the modern world.

To register for the event, please click here.








09 May 2017

Law of the Sea Treaty (UNCLOS) Program

Join the UNA-NCA International Law Committee as they discuss efforts to urge the incoming Administration to make a push for ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty!

Do recent events in the South China Sea, the Arctic and Iran show that the failure of the United States to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty harms our economic, national security, and environmental interests and jeopardizes our global leadership in the 21st century? A range of U.S. business interests, the U.S. military and environmental groups support ratification.  As a signatory, the U.S. would have standing to object to claims to territorial seas by other nations, preserve our military’s navigational rights to innocent passage, object to environmental violations, and lay claims to oil and gas reserves in the Arctic and the seabed. Or, as critics claim, would ratification threaten U.S. sovereignty? Join us for a discussion of the political, legal, economic, and security implications of non-ratification of the Treaty and how that influences international affairs. 

When: May 9th, time TBD

Speakers and location will be released shortly.





09 May 2017

UNCLOS—Important to U.S. Industry and National Security?

Does Washington's failure to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty harm U.S. economic and national security interests? Recent events highlight what is at stake: rights to lay claims to oil and gas reserves in the Arctic and mineral interests in the deep seabed, rights to lay and maintain submarine cables for military and economic purposes, and rights of the U.S. Navy and our allies to maintain navigational freedom in waters around the globe. The United States has a key strategic interest in supporting the settled rules of the Law of the Sea Convention, but our failure to ratify the Treaty does undermine our ability to persuade other countries to abide by these norms. Join us for a discussion of the potential economic and security hazards of this failure.

Moderator:
John Norton Moore, Walter L. Brown Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, Former U.S. Ambassador for the Law of the Sea Negotiations

Speakers:
Ruth WedgwoodBurling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; former Charles Stockton Professor at U.S. Naval War College; former member Pentagon Defense Policy Board; member, State Department Advisory Committee on Public International Law
Douglas Burnett, Maritime Partner, Squire Patton Boggs; Co-Editor and Co-Author of Submarine Cables the  Handbook on Law and Policy (2014) and Co-Author International Submarine Cables and Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (2017)
Myron NordquistAssociate Director and Editor of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy, and Senior Fellow for the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law

When: Tuesday, May 9th; 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Where:
ASIL, Tillar House, 2223 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

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