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29 April 2016

The UN at the Crossroads: A Discussion of the Decisions and Dilemmas facing the Incoming Secretary General


Guest Speaker: Ambassador Wood (ret.)

A Foreign Service officer for more than 30 years, Ambassador Wood (ret.) served in Latin America and Europe, including Uruguay, Argentina, El Salvador, Columbia and Italy. In Washington, he has been on the policy planning staff for Latin America, a special assistant in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs and an expert in Latin American affairs on the staff of the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. He was Political Counselor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, where he was the chief U.S. negotiator in the Security Council, and thereafter served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Acting Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs (1998 to 2002). From 2003 to 2007, Wood was Ambassador to Colombia. He presented his credentials as Ambassador to Afghanistan on April 16, 2007.


16 April 2016

SAVE THE DATE! Spring 2016 Young Professionals' Career Dinners

UNA-NCA invites you to save the date for the spring 2016 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 16, 2016
Networking Reception: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Topical Dinners: 6:30 - 9:00 pm 


Networking Reception:
United Nations Foundation
1750 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20006
Locations for topical dinners will be announced upon registration.

Topics and speakers will be announced upon confirmation.
Registration will open in March 2016.

Check out coverage from Fall 2015! 

16 April 2016

Young Professionals Spring 2016 Career Dinner Series

Join UNA-NCA for its Spring 2016 Career Dinner Series - an evening that could launch your global career!

IMG_2933The International Career Dinner Series is a signature, semi-annual 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

United Nations Foundation
1750 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20006

Individual dinners: 6:30pm (Note: specific location of each dinner will be provided upon registration)

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!

This year's reception at the United Nations Foundation will feature two keynote speakers:
      • Donya Nasser, US Youth Observer to the United Nations
      • Col. (ret.) Christopher Holshek, Retired Colonel and Former UN Peacekeeper; Senior Fellow, Alliance for Peacebuilding

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

Careers in Global Health- SOLD OUT !!
   Confirmed Speakers:

      • A. Edward Elmendorf, Former Foreign Service Officer; World Bank (Ret.)
      • Catharine Howard Taylor, Vice President, Health Programs Group, Management Sciences for Health
      • Dr. David Peters, Chair, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health


Careers in International Law

   Confirmed Speakers:

      • Robert Craft, Jr., Senior Counsel, Sullivan and Cromwell, LLP
      • Renee Dopplick, Editor, Inside Justice


Careers in Gender Equality 
   Confirmed Speakers:

      • Lyric Thompson, Senior Policy Manager, International Center for Research on Women
      • Dr. Felicia Wilson-Young, Senior Gender Advisor, USAID and Foreign Service Officer


Careers at the United Nations - SOLD OUT !!

   Confirmed Speakers:

      • Nancy Donaldson, Director, Washington Office, International Labour Organization
      • Armando Castro Figueredo, Regional Administration, Finance Officer, UNHCR


Careers in Human Rights - SOLD OUT !!

   Confirmed Speakers:

      • Dr. Wesley Reisser, Senior Foreign Affairs Officer, Office of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, International Organization Affairs Bureau, United States Department of State
      • Jenai Cox,  Senior Program Manager, Freedom House
      • T. Kumar, International Advocacy Director, Amnesty International USA


Careers in Sustainable Development

      • Gilbert Chauny, Co-founder, EOS Capital Advisors
      • Heather Lane Chauny, Foundation and Strategy Advisor, FHI Foundation/FHI 360


Careers in Peace and Security
 - SOLD OUT !!

      • Col. (ret.) Christopher Holshek, Retired Colonel and Former UN Peacekeeper; Senior Fellow, Alliance for Peacebuilding
      • Jocelyn Kelly, Director, Women in War program, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard University


Careers in Communications


      • Sultana Ali, Communications Officer, Pew Charitable Trusts
      • Suzanne L. Ross, APR - former communications strategist with UNAIDS, WHO, UNCTAD, UNHCR, OCHA, UNDP, UNICEF, IFAD and FAO
      • Jeffrey Rubin, Director of Communications, Washington Institute for Near East Policy


13 April 2016

UNA-NCA 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 gain an understanding of how to approach advocacy conversations and some go-to information to share with their District’s representatives.

When: April 13, 2016; 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Where: Ragtime Restaurant, 1345 N Courthouse Road, Arlington, VA, 22201

Cost: Free



This training session is open to UNA-NCA members only. Join today! 

Attendees are also invited to join the post event FREE stand up comedy show

08 April 2016

Volunteer at Global Classrooms DC Model UN Conference

Global Classrooms DC is looking for chairs, vice-chairs, and Policy Advisors for its 12th Annual Model UN Conference at the US Department of State and the Pan American Health Organization on Friday, April 8, 2016.

Volunteers must have Model UN experience and be available all day April 8. Letters to excuse absence or confirm volunteer hours will be provided upon request. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions.

Complete Volunteer Form Now

30 March 2016

Highlights from the Commission on the Status of Women

UNA-NCA, the Alliance for Peacebuilding's Women and Peacebuilding Affinity Group,  and The National Capital Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women will host a panel on the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations.

The Commission on the Status of Women meets each year at the UN in March. This year the theme is focused on the new 2030 Agenda, linking sustainable development to women's empowerment. A panel of CSW participants will share their highlights from the UN sessions as well as the many NGO programs spanning a two week period.
SustainUS_photoPhoto by SustainUs 

When: March 30, 2016; 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Alliance for Peacebuilding; 1800 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 401, Washington, DC 20036
      • Karen Mulhauser, Chair, UNA-USA; Founder, Consulting Women
      • CeCe Cole, President, National Capital Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women
      • Kimberly Weichel, Moderator, Consultant, UN Women, Advisory Council, UNA NCA, Chair Women and Peacebuilding Affinity Group






13 March 2016

Young Professionals' Brackets for a Cause

Have fun this March and donate to a great cause! Empower some of DC's most under-served youth by supporting them to attend Global Classrooms DC (GCDC)'s 12th Annual Spring Model UN Conference at the US Department of State on April 8, 2016.

This spring the Young Professionals are supporting GCDC, the flagship education program of UNA-NCA. GCDC aims to educate students in grades 5 - 12 on international affairs and the UN, while strengthening key professional skills including communication, critical thinking, and conflict resolution. The Spring Conference is quickly approaching and we need your help to make it a success. Empower DC’s most underserved students by funding their participation in the largest conference held at the State Department and have fun while doing it!

How To Play

DONATE $15 to the UNA-NCA Young Professionals Razoo page
CREATE a bracket within UNA-NCA YP's pool. 
ENJOY following the pool standings of other supporters on Global Classrooms DC Facebook and Twitter pages.
Not a member of UNA-NCA? With $25 create a bracket and receive a free UNA-NCA membership.

What do I win?
Aside from supporting a student to attend the Global Classrooms DC Annual Spring Model UN Conference and bragging rights, you will also win a UN themed prize pack from UNA-NCA YP's and Global Classrooms DC.

Can I support GCDC students without creating a bracket?
Of course! You don't need to create a bracket to support Global Classrooms DC. Donations through this campaign will support public school students attending the Annual Spring Model UN Conference. All youth should have a voice in discussing international affairs and determining the future. For only $65, you can help a student attend GCDC's Annual Spring Model UN Conference at the US Department of State and discuss some of the most pressing issues facing our international community.

Questions? Contact us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



03 March 2016

Paris to DC: Acting for Affordable Clean Energy

Join us on March 3rd for an interactive  panel discussion entitled “Paris to DC: Acting for Affordable Clean Energy."

UNA-NCA, in partnership with Leaders in Energy, will host a discussion on the newly enacted 2015 Paris Climate Agreement  and the United Nations’ Global Goal 7, which is aimed at ensuring access to affordable clean energy. 

The panel discussion will foster a dialogue with attendees and compile practical actions and next steps that local residents can take in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Join UNA-NCA as it brings the climate change conversation home and empowers citizens to translate the global into local initiatives!

When: Thursday, March 3, 2016; 6:30-8:30 pm

Where: United Nations Foundation, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20006

Cost: Members: $10; Nonmembers: $15; Students: free (For student registration please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )




Pledge to Act for Affordable Clean Energy! Complete your pledge card today and email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Share with us on social media @unanca and join the conversation: #ParistoDC and #Goal7

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