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04 November 2015

Celebrating Peace: 70 Years of the United Nations

The SDGs, Goal 16, and a Vision for Peaceful Inclusive Societies

On November 4, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Alliance for Peacebuilding and the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area will host Ambassador Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Kristalina Georgieva, European Commission Vice President for Budget and Human Resources,for a discussion on how to turn commitments of peace into action in today's global development assistance systems.

Recurring humanitarian crises, overstretched development programs, and tenuous peace processes - all occurring in fragile states - call for a united effort to nurture states and societies to address the issues that plague their countries. The inclusion of Global Goal 16 - to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies - in the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is an important achievement. The challenge now becomes translating that commitment into reality in systems and strategies for global development assistance.

This program will provide a forum for the Washington community to celebrate the achievements of the United Nations over 70 years, with a discussion on how the goals of the future will impact efforts toward sustainable peace.

Speakers:
      • Ambassador Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
      • Kristalina Georgieva, Vice President for Budget and Human Resources, European Commission
      • Nancy Linborg, President, U.S. Institute of Peace

When:
November 4, 2015, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Where: U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20037
Important information for guests attending events at USIP

Cost: Free!

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28 October 2015

Film and Panel Presentation: “Dirt, Climate Change, Hunger. It’s all Connected”

On October 24th, Oxfam America Action Corps in Washington hosted a documentary screening of “Dirt” and a discussion on climate change and world hunger at the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law.

In honor of World Food Day, UDC’s Green Living Expo, and United Nations Day, Oxfam America Action Corps in Washington, DC hosted a film screening and panel discussion to discuss hunger, the human impact of climate change, and efforts to build resilience. Held on the 70th Anniversary of the UN, the program celebrated the international organization’s landmark year and its recently adopted Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The program related to several of the Global Goals, including goal #2 (Zero Hunger), goal #13 (Climate Action), and goal #15 (Life on Land.)

Ms. Jodi-Kaye Wade from Oxfam America Action Corps in Washington, DC, presented opening remarks and discussed the importance of maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment. Following the introduction, an audience of over 100 people settled in to watch Dirt. The movie highlighted the importance of rich soil and how our current agricultural trends are destroying arable land and diminishing rainforests. Soil is one of the most important resources on Earth. Whether used for agriculture, planting trees and plants or simply housing organisms, soil is the root of the world’s ecological structure. However, without a drastic change in our approach to crop growth and soil treatment, future generations won’t have arable land to live off of. The film looked at what we can do to live cleaner and more sustainable lives.

The film was followed by a panel presentation by five experts from various fields, ranging from agriculture to climate change to environmental sustainability.

Speakers:

Ms. Jodi-Kaye Wade, Oxfam America Action Corps in Washington, DC (Welcome/Closing Remarks)

Dr. Jessica Fanzo, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies-International Development (Moderator)

Mr. David Hong, Global Senior Policy Analyst, One Acre Fund

Mr. Yao M. Afantchao, Ethnic Crop Development Specialist, University of the District of Columbia, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Services

Dr. Jessica Felix-Romero, Director of Marketing and Outreach, Farmworker Justice

Ms. Margarita Diubanova, Strategy and Science Advisor, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Dr. Jessica Fanzo moderated the discussion, before each panelist spoke briefly on their field. At the end of the discussion, the panelists answered questions from the audience. David Hong spoke about One Acre Fund, a program that assists smallholder farmers by financing farm inputs, distributing seeds and fertilizer, and training agricultural techniques. Yao Afantchao spoke on the importance of food diversification. With his experience in ethnic foods and food production, his insight on diversifying crops brought a new perspective to agricultural trends. Jessica Felix-Romero talked about the current agriculture trends and its negative impact on farmers. She highlighted several suggestions for agricultural improvements for small business farmers here in the US. Margarita Diubanova shared her extensive knowledge on keeping rich soil and the importance of growing plants at vegetables locally. Jodi-Kaye Wade gave closing remarks and thanked the speakers, attendees and staff for putting on a great event.

UNA-NCA is thankful to Oxfam America Action Corps in Washington, DC for the opportunity to partner on this program and to celebrate the UN’s 70th Anniversary and recently adopted Global Goals for Sustainable Development on UN Day.

View photos from the event on Oxfam’s Facebook page.




27 October 2015

Thinking and Acting Locally and Globally on Common Social, Economic and Environmental Goals

Join UNA-NCA and experts in the sustainable development field for an engaging afternoon discussion of the newly adopted 2030 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

On September 25, 2015, the Global Goals for Sustainable Development were unanimously adopted by the United Nations at the 70th session of the General Assembly. Officially succeeding the 2000-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the post-2015 agenda has committed to 17 sustainable development goals to fight against poverty, inequality, and climate change.

The October 27 program hosted by UNA-NCA will focus on the linkages and cross-overs between our local community needs in the US and international needs to address poverty in countries around the world.  A panel of outstanding experts on policy and program implementation with experience in US communities and global settings will be looking how the Global Goals for Sustainable Development address issues of poverty, human rights, violence, and climate needs, among other key issues, at the local and global level.

This program is organized by the UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Goals Task Force co-chaired by Stephen Moseley and A. Edward Elmendorf. Come and learn more about the 2030 Global Goals and discuss how the international community, and each of our local communities, can succeed in implementing this ambitious agenda, and how you can engage in this endeavor.

When: October 27, 2015, 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Where: The George Washington University’s Marvin Center, Room 307, 800 21st Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20052

Keynote remarks will be made by Tony Pipa, Special Coordinator for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, US Department of State.

Speakers will include:



Cost: Members - Free; Nonmembers – $10
Students aged 25 and under are eligible for free membership!
 

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24 October 2015

Film and Panel Discussion: "Dirt, Climate Change, Hunger. It's All Connected"

Join UNA-NCA and Oxfam America Action Corps for a film and panel discussion in celebration of World Food Day and UN Day.

In honor of World Food Day, UDC CAUSES Green Living Expo, and United Nations (UN) Day, the Oxfam America Action Corps in Washington, DC is hosting a film screening and panel discussion for the public to discuss hunger, the human impact of climate change and efforts to build resilience. This program is also in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the UN and the new United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This program relates to several of the Goals, including Goal # 2 (Zero Hunger), Goal # 13 (Climate Action), and Goal #15 (Life on Land).

When: October 24, 2015 11:00am – 2:30pm

Where: 
University of the District of Columbia (UDC), David A. Clarke School of Law, Moot Court Room (5th floor), 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

Cost: Free!

Speakers:
      • Ms. Jodi-Kaye Wade, Oxfam America Action Corps in Washington, DC
      • Dr. Jessica Fanzo, Associate Professor, JHU SAIS-International Development
      • Mr. David Hong, Global Senior Policy Analyst, Once Acre Fund
      • Mr. Yao M. Afantchao, Ethnic Crop Development Specialist, UDC CAUSES (College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Services)
      • Dr. Jessica Felix-Romero, Director of Marketing and Outreach, Farmworker Justice
      • Ms. Margarita Diubanova, Strategy and Science Advisor, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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17 October 2015

Young Professionals Fall 2015 Career Dinner Series

Join UNA-NCA for its Fall 2015 Career Dinner Series - an evening that could launch your global career!


The International Career Dinner Series is a signature, biannual event inviting young professionals to engage with Washington's top professionals in their chosen field. The event begins with a networking reception at the UN Foundation followed by topical dinners held in private homes throughout the DC Metro Area. Each dinner features distinguished speakers who will share their stories, answer your questions, and offer advice based on their experiences in the industry.

Networking reception: 5:00 - 6:00pm
Individual dinners: 6:30pm (Note: specific location of each dinner will be provided upon registration; all locations are accessible by metro)
Cost: Members* - $45; Non-members - $55; Combo ticket (includes UNA-NCA membership and registration) - $65
*Students under the age of 25 are eligible for free membership! Join here!

Reception:
   Keynote Speaker: Scott BealeFounder, Atlas Corps

Dinner topics: 
To register, click on the dinner topic you are interested in.
Please note: Additional speakers and dinner topics will be announced upon confirmation

Careers at the State Department - SOLD OUT!!
   Speakers:
      • A. Edward Elmendorf, Former Foreign Service Officer; World Bank (Ret.)
      • F. Allen "Tex" Harris, Former President, American Foreign Service Association - Foreign Service Officer (Ret.) 
      • Mark Schlachter, Director, Office of Public Affairs and Outreach, Bureau of International Organizations Affairs - Civil Service, State Department
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Careers in International Law  - SOLD OUT!!
   Speakers:  
      • David Birenbaum, Former US Ambassador to the UN for Management; Of Counsel, Fried Frank, LLP
      • Duncan Cameron, Senior Counsel, Cameron, LLP
      • Susan Leahy, Of Counsel, Covington & Burling, LLP
      • Alexandra Malina Manea, Legal Consultant, World Bank Group
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Careers in Gender Advocacy 
- SOLD OUT!!
   Speakers:
      • Tamara Klajn, Senior Advisor, Bureau of African Affairs, State Department
      • Karen Mulhauser, Founder, Mulhauser and Associates; Chair, UNA-USA
      • Beirne Roose-Snyder, Director of Public Policy, Center for Health and Gender Equity

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Careers at the United Nations
 - SOLD OUT!!
   Speakers:

      • Armando Castro Figueredo, Regional Administration, Finance Officer, UNHCR
      • Fatou Ndoye, Deputy Regional Director, UNEP
      • Anna Shakarishvili, Senior Adviser, U.S. Office, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

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Careers in Human Rights
 - SOLD OUT!!
   Speakers: 

      • T. Kumar, Director, International Advocacy for Amnesty International USA
      • Ted Piccone, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Project on International Order and Strategy, Latin America Initiative, The Brookings Institution

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Careers in Sustainable Development - SOLD OUT!!
   Speakers: 

      • Joan C. Parker, President and CEO, Counterpart International
      • Jodi-Kaye Wade, Small Business Specialist, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, USAID

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11 October 2015

The United Nations At 70 - Reflecting on its Record and Proposals for Reform

Join UNA-NCA in a Celebration of the United Nations' 70th Anniversary, and a Discussion on its Accomplishments and Possible Areas of Reform

At the Cedar Lane Forum on October 11th, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, UNA-NCA President, Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (Retired), will offer a candid appraisal of the UN’s record in maintaining peace and security, promoting development, and advancing human rights. He will then discuss various reform proposals that would improve its effectiveness. President Bliss will be joined by special guest, Professor Laurence Peters, the author of a new book: The United Nations: History and Core Ideas.

The Forum begins at 10:10 am. For those who are interested, Cedar Lane’s Senior Minister, the Rev Abhi Janamanchi, will conduct services at 9:00 am and again at 11:00 am on the vision of the United Nations and its role and relevance today. Rev Janamanchi has served as president of the International Association of Religious Freedom.

President Bliss served in various capacities in the federal government for 13 years, most recently as US Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a UN-affiliated specialized agency. He also has practiced law in Washington, DC. He and his spouse Nancy have been members of Cedar Lane for many years and each have served as Board Chair.

Speakers:
      • Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (ret.) - President, United Nations Association of the National Capital Area
      • Laurence Peters - Author; Associate Professor of Education, Johns Hopkins University

When: October 11, 2015 10:10 - 11:00 am

Where: 9601 Cedar Lane - Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, The Chalice House Bethesda Maryland 20814

Cost: Free

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06 October 2015

Eleanor Roosevelt Happy Hour

Join UNA-NCA's Program Committees for a Happy Hour in honor of Eleanor Roosevelt.

UNA-NCA will be hosting a Happy Hour celebrating Eleanor Roosevelt's Birthday and the 70th Anniversary of the UN. Come have your picture taken with Eleanor while we toast the birth of the UN, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the adoption of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Dress up, dress down but come celebrate these signature achievements! This is a great opportunity to meet members, volunteers, and staff from UNA-NCA, as well as other DC folks interested in hot topics in international affairs, and get involved with issues you are passionate about!

When:
 October 6, 2015, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Where: James Hoban's Irish Restaurant & Bar, 1 Dupont Circle NW, Washington DC 20036

Cost to Register: Free!

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Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter using #UNat70 and #GlobalGoals for pictures if you can't make it out to join the fun in person!



29 September 2015

Human Rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Join UNA-NCA and Experts in the Human Rights Field for a panel discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2000, world leaders committed their nations to achieving eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. While the MDGs helped to end poverty for some, there still remains work to be done. On September 25th, the UN will build upon these goals and converge with the post-2015 development agenda by committing to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to fight against poverty, inequality, and climate change.

On September 29, UNA-NCA will host an outstanding expert panel organized by its Human Rights Committee on Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals. Learn about the linkages between Human Rights and the new Global Goals, and see the Goals through a Human Rights lens. Discuss how the new Goals framework can contribute to the realization of Human Rights.

Speakers will include:
  • Lindsay Coates - Executive Vice President, InterAction
  • T. Kumar - International Advocacy Director, Amnesty International


When: September 29, 2015,  6:00pm - 8:00pm

Where: American Foreign Service Association, 2101 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

Cost: Members - free; Nonmembers - $10
Students under the age of 25 are eligible for free membership! Click here to join!


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