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19 April 2017

UNA-NCA and GW's Brown Bag Discussion on SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

We cordially invite you to join us for UNA-NCA and GW's Brown Bag Discussion on SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. This event will be a unique opportunity to discuss and get new insights on sustainable cities and urban issues. You are welcome to bring your food, your curiosity, your thoughts, and any great stories you want to share about the goal.

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM
Location: The George Washington University Monroe Hall, Room 250, 2115 G St, NW, Washington DC, 20052


Alison Howland, Research Assistant, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA)
Pari Kasotia, Deputy Director, The Solar Foundation (TSF)
Patrick Realiza, Chair, Sustainable Development Committee, UNA-NCA
Ting Ma, Research Assistant, National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education

To register for the event, please click here.

11 April 2017

SDG #6: Water and the Impact on Biodiversity

April is International Water Month and UNA-NCA's Sustainable Development Committee is looking at water in DC, the US, and around the world. This program seeks to bring awareness to clean water issues and its impact on humans and the environment, including the work that goes into providing clean water through operations of water and wastewater facilities. The panelists will also seek to address the local Washington, DC landscape and also provide relevant examples throughout the United States.

When: Tuesday, April 11; 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: George Washington University, District House, 2121 H Street NW, Room B117, Washington, DC 20052 


  • Pari Kasotia, Member, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee
  • Dr. Tara Scully, Assistant Professor of Biology, George Washington University, @GWBiology
  • Laura Cattell Noll, Assistant Program Manager, Trash Initiative

08 April 2017

Save the Date: Young Professionals' Spring Career Dinners

Save the Date for the evening of Saturday, April 8th for the Spring 2017 installment of the Young Professionals' Career Dinners! This semi-annual event brings together young professionals with experts in their chosen fields to discuss career paths, share personal stories, and network. The evening begins with a networking reception at the United Nations Foundation, followed by separate topical dinners at UNF and at private homes in the DC Metro Area. Each dinner features distinguished speakers who will answer attendees' questions and offer advice based on experience in the industry.

When: Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Where: United Nations Foundation, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW, 12th floor, Washington, DC 20006

08 April 2017

Spring 2017 Young Professionals' Career Dinner Series

UNA-NCA invites you to the spring 2017 installment of its signature Young Professionals' Career Dinner Series!

This semi-annual event brings together young professionals with experts in their chosen fields to discuss career paths, share personal stories, and network. The evening begins with a networking reception at the United Nations Foundation, followed by separate topical dinners at UNF and at private homes in the DC Metro Area. Each dinner features distinguished speakers who will answer attendees' questions and offer advice based on experience in the industry. 

Saturday, April 8
5:00 pm Networking Reception
7:00 pm Dinner 

United Nations Foundation
1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW, 12th floor
Washington, DC 20006 

$45 for members
$55 for non-members 
$65 for non-members with UNA-NCA membership ($25-$50 value)
*Students under the age of 25 are eligible for free membership! Join here!

Robert Skinner, Director, United Nations Information Center

Topical Dinners
To register, click on the dinner topic you are interested in.

Careers in Global Health - Only 1 Seat Left!

  • Loyce Pace, President & Executive Director, Global Health Council
  • Olumide Elegbe, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Management Sciences for Health, UNA-NCA Board Member
  • Sangeeta Rana, Foreign Affairs Officer/AAAS Fellow, U.S. Department of State

Careers in International Law, Peace and Security 
- Only 4 Seats Left!

  • Renee Dopplick, Editor for Inside Justice
  • Leila Hanafi, International Attorney, UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), World Bank Group
  • Marcy Karin, Associate Professor of Law & Jack and Lovell Olender Director of the Legislation Clinic, University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law
  • Karen Mulhauser, Past UNA-USA Chair, Past UNA-NCA President

Careers in Human Rights


  • Ryan Kaminski, Senior Program Manager, Human Rights and Special Initiatives for UNA-USA/UN Foundation
  • Chelsea Brint, Foreign Affairs Officer, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State

Careers in Sustainable Development

  • Christina Bruff, Senior Economic Action Officer, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Jodi-Kaye Wade, Small Business Specialist, Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), USAID; UNA-NCA Board Member

Refugees and Humanitarian Response - Only 4 Seats Left!

  • Dawn Calabia, Honorary Senior Advisor to Refugees International, UNA-NCA Board Member
  • Faith Akovi Cooper, Regional Advisor/Program Director, West Africa Disaster Preparedness Initiative (WADPI), Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Department of Defense -United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP)
  • Michael R. Marsh, Regional Director, Foundation & Institutional Advisor for The Northern Trust Company, UNA-NCA Board Member

Careers in the UN - SOLD OUT!

  • Fernando Flores, Program Officer, Regional Office for the United States and the Caribbean, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
  • Felipe Munevar, Head of Office, UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
  • Fatou Ndoye, Acting Regional Director, North America Office, UN Environment Program (UNEP)
  • Robert Skinner, Director, UN Information Center (UNIC)

Gender and Advocacy
- Only 3 Seats Left!

  • Lyric Thompson, Director of Policy and Advocacy, International Center for Research on Women, UNA-NCA Board Member
  • Susan Markham, Partner, Smash Strategies 

Careers in Communications and Advocacy - Only 4 Seats Left!

  • Lorine Ghabranious, USAID Learning Fellow
  • Melissa Kaplan, Advocacy Officer, Action Against Hunger (ACF-USA), UNA-NCA Board Member

28 March 2017

Highlights from the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meets each year at the UN for two weeks in March. This year the theme is Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work. Government representatives meet to share their countries' progress towards gender equality, and thousands of NGO leaders from all over the world meet simultaneously to share programs, projects, and successes around the theme.

We invite you to attend a panel of CSW participants who will share their highlights from the wide range of sessions held over the two week period.

When: 5:30-7:00 PM, Tuesday, March 28th

Where: Alliance for Peacebuilding, 1800 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 401, Washington, DC 20036

Panelists include:

Dr. Marisa O. Ensor, Program on Justice and Peace, Georgetown University

Natko Gereš, MD, Program Officer, Promundo

Karen Mulhauser, immediate past Chair, United Nations Association of the USA

Kristen Hecht, Program Director, B.A. Rudolph Foundation

Kimberly Weichel, Moderator, Consultant, UN Women, Chair, Advisory Council, UNA NCA, and Chair, Women and Peacebuilding Affinity Group, AfP 



Dr. Marisa O. Ensor

Marisa is an applied socio-legal anthropologist and human rights scholar and practitioner currently based at Georgetown University’s Justice and Peace Studies Program. She has broad interests in forced displacement, human rights, political conflict, extremist violence, peace and security, and international development, and a focus on gender and youth. Her recent publications include Children and Forced Migration: Durable Solutions in Transient Years (2016); African Childhoods: Education, Development, Peacebuilding and the Youngest Continent (2012); Children and Migration: At the Crossroads of Resiliency and Vulnerability (2010); and The Legacy of Hurricane Mitch: Lessons from Post-Disaster Reconstruction in Honduras (2009), as well as numerous journal articles, book chapters and technical field reports for UNICEF, IOM, UNHCHR and USAID.

Natko Geres, MD

Natko Gereš is a Program Officer at Promundo, where he focuses both on research related to men and gender equality and on men's engagement in post-conflict and high-violence settings. He coordinates projects related to violence prevention, including the Young Men's Clubs Against Violence in Kinshasa, as well as the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) in the Middle East, North Africa, and Afghanistan. Natko is a currently finalizing his MPH and PhD in the field of masculinity and men's health at University of Zagreb School of Medicine.

Karen Mulhauser

Karen Mulhauser is past Chair of United Nations Association of the USA and is past President of the National Capitol Area chapter. She established Mulhauser and Associates in 1988, a small, progressive, management and public affairs consulting firm. She coordinates Consulting Women, a network of 1,000 DC area self-employed women and helped start Women’s Information Network in 1989 to make Washington, DC more welcoming for young, prochoice Democratic women. Prior to consulting, Karen was Executive Director of NARAL, National Abortion Rights Action League and two disarmament organizations.

Kristen Hecht

Kristen’s background is in non-profit management, with experience in the areas of organizational governance, program management, event planning, and communications. Kristen is passionate about expanding opportunities for women and girls and currently works as Program Director at the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, an organization that supports women as they launch their career by providing internship scholarships, mentoring, and networking opportunities. Prior to her position at the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, Kristen worked as the Director of Membership and Programs at the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA). She remains involved in UNA-NCA as a member of its “Cities for CEDAW Committee,” a committee that advocates for legislation in the DC area that would end all forms of discrimination against women.

Kimberly Weichel, Moderator

Kimberly Weichel is a social entrepreneur who has worked for over 25 years building bridges between cultures and segments of society. She is a passionate advocate for women’s advancement and empowerment and is a leadership, cross-cultural and gender trainer. Until recently she was CEO of Peace x Peace, an international women’s peacebuilding and leadership organization, on the forefront of promoting women’s leadership. Kim does consulting with UN Women and is an author, trainer, speaker, and NGO leader. She is Chair of the Advisory Council of UNA NCA and Chair of AfP’s Women and Peacebuilding Affinity Group.

08 March 2017

UNA-NCA 2017 Spring Advocacy Training

UNA-NCA and its Advocacy Committee are offering an advocacy training session, led by VP for Advocacy, Melissa Kaplan.

The session will cover both the "how-to's" of advocacy as well as some current, substantive issues related to the UN. Participants will have a chance to enhance lobbying skills, and get an overview of UN issues from Better World Campaign staff.

When: March 8, 2017; 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: 1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Room 402, Washington DC, 20006

Cost: Free

  • Melissa Kaplan, Vice President, UNA-NCA Advocacy Committee
  • Micah Spangler, Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs for the Better World Campaign, United Nations Foundation

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06 March 2017

Join the Sustainable Development Committee

UNA-NCA's Sustainable Development Committee aims at educating and promoting public awareness of various issues on economic, environmental and social justice sustainability and the role of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in dealing with these issues. The Committee organizes various events on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and related issues. Aside from membership in the United Nations Association, no special expertise is required of members. It will be a great opportunity for anyone who is willing and eager to engage, to learn, and make a difference for the UN Sustainable Development Goals locally and globally. The next committee meeting is on Monday, March 6th, 6:30 pm at the GWU Marvin Center in Room G08. Your participation in the Committee is a great benefit to our membership. If you want to join the Committee, please contact Patrick Realiza at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you need information about the previous meeting, please click here. For more information on the next meeting, please click here.

When: Monday, March 6, 2017, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Where: George Washington University – Marvin Center, 800 21st Street NW, Room G08, Washington, DC 20036

06 March 2017

“Tie-ing” the National Capital Area Together!

Tie_DriveGlobal Classrooms DC is seeking donations of gently used or new ties for students attending our Annual Model UN Conference at the U.S. Department of State and Pan-American Health Organization May 2, 2017.

Items may be dropped off at the UNA-NCA office from March 6th-April 3rd, Mon.-Thurs. in between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Please call UNA-NCA at 202.223.6092 if you are interested in making a donation on a Friday. Ties will be distributed to students beginning April 4th.

You can support GCDC delegates by supporting a delegate and donating here

Thank you for the continued support of our program!

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