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20 October 2016

Embassy Series Concert with the Ambassador of Colombia

Join the Embassy Series with the Ambassador of Colombia and UNA-NCA for a concert in commemoration of UN Day at the Residence of the Ambassador of Colombia.

UNA-NCA (ret.) Amb. Donald T. Bliss will be speaking at the event. The event will also feature classical guitarist Nilko Andreas Guarin and harpist Mélanie Genin. Since his Carnegie hall debut in 2009, Guarin has been winning awards and captivating audiences in two continents as a soloist and chamber musician. Genin, a native of France, arrived on the scene after having performed extensively in Paris and throughout Europe. She was noted as a "singular harp virtuoso, with an exquisitely sensitive playing" by the Epoch Times. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

6:45pm for cocktails and hors d'œuvres
concert starts at 7:30pm; reception to follow concert.

Residence of the Ambassador of Colombia
1520 20th Street, NW, Washington D.C., 20036

Cost: $150 (includes: buffet, wine, and valet parking)

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18 October 2016

The Legacy of Ban Ki-moon and the Challenges Facing the Next Secretary-General

As the United Nations welcomes a new Secretary-General and the United States elects a new President and Congress, US leadership has never been more essential in charting the future course of the United Nations. To celebrate a new beginning at this time of transition and change, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area is hosting a program during UN Month. 

When:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 ​
​R​eception at 5:30 p.m.
Program at 7:00 p.m.

Where:
National Education Association
1201 16th St NW, Washington, D.C.​ 20036

Keynote Speaker:
The Honorable Robert C. Orr
Dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and Under Secretary General of the United Nations and Special Advisor to the Secretary General on Climate Change

Additional Remarks From: 
Dr. Esther Brimmer 
Professor of Practice of International Affairs at Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Bureau

Joshua Black (invited)
Director for Multilateral Affairs, National Security Council

Cost:
Program: $20 for members, $30 for non-members
Reception* and Program: $40 for members, $50 for non-members

*Reception begins at 5:30pm and includes hors d'oeuvres and cocktails 


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Host Committee (in formation)

Tim Barner and Kathy Guthrie
Robert Berg and Vivian Derryck
Ambassador David E. Birenbaum (ret.)
Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (ret.)
Thomas Bradley
Dawn and Tino Calabia
Duncan Cameron
Heather Lane Chauny
The Honorable William T. Coleman, Jr. and Mrs. Lovida H. Coleman
The Honorable Esther Coopersmith
Robert H. Craft, Jr.
Tony Culley-Foster
Edison W. Dick, Esq.
A. Edward Elmendorf
Ambassador Nancy Ely-Raphel
Edie Fraser
Roger Griffis in honor of Richard and Anne Griffis 
Ambassador Donald Hays (ret.)
Susan Leahy
Ambassador Princeton N. Lyman
Michael Marsh
Ambassador Donald McHenry
Ambassador George Moose
Ambassador Connie Morella (ret.)
Stephen F. Moseley
Karen Mulhauser
Ambassador Lynn Pascoe
David Scotton
Thomas Riesenberg
Ambassador Thomas Pickering
Robert Skinner
Mary Oakes Smith
Kimberly Weichel
Ambassador Phillip C. Wilcox
Ambassador William Wood
John Miller Duff, Jr.

Sponsors
AIRSCHOTT
Kasara E. Davidson and Diaspora Enterprise Solutions 
Olumide Elegbe
Anne L. Howard-Tristani
Lois A. Mares
Miles & Stockbridge Foundation
National Education Association
Jud Nirenberg
Wayne Pieringer
Lyric Thompson
Sultana Ali

If you are interested in individual or corporate sponsorship, click here.

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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
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



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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