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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!

08 December 2016

2016 Human Rights Awards

Join us for the annual UNA-NCA Human Rights Awards Reception honoring outstanding leaders in the human rights community and celebrating the 71st Anniversary of the United Nations.

In honor of the 68th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNA-NCA will recognize individuals and organizations working to improve human rights in their communities and around the world.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Reception at 5:15 pm
Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres included
Program is 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Cannon House Office Building
Caucus Room 
27 Independence Ave SE
Washington, D.C., 20003

This year's honorees are:
Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award
Ms. Felice Gaer
Director, Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights
Presented by Navanethem Pillay, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Perdita Huston Human Rights Award
Ms. Ritu Sharma
Co-Founder and Former President, Women Thrive Worldwide
Director, Global Center for Gender and Youth, International Youth Foundation
Presented by Karen Mulhauser, former Chair at UNA-USA, Former President at UNA-NCA 

F. Allen "Tex" Harris Human Rights Diplomacy Award 
Presented to
Mr. Eric Richardson
Political Economic Counselor for the U.S. Embassy for Libya
Presented by Ambassador Robert R. King, Special Envoy on North Korea Human Rights Issues, U.S. Department of State

Community Human Rights Award
Latin American Youth Center
Award Presented to Lori Kaplan, President and Chief Executive Officer
Presented by Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO, Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Admission Tickets
Young Professional/Student: $50
Non-Member Young Professional/Student*: $70
Students under the age of 25 are eligible for free UNA-NCA membership.
Member: $70
Non-Member*: $90
Sponsor (Individual/organization name listed in the program): $100
Non-member Sponsor*: $120
*Non-member tickets include UNA-NCA membership

  Registration is now open!
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Learn about opportunities for sponorship here.


Honorary Committee Members
Stanley & Marion Bergman Family Charitable Fund, AJC's Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Administrative Council
Representative Donald S. Beyer, Jr., Member of the US House of Representatives from Virginia’s 8th District
Mr. Jerry H. Biederman, Chair, AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Administrative Council
Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (ret.), UNA-NCA President
Ms. Roberta Cohen, AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Administrative Council
Representative Gerald E. Connolly. Member of the US House of Representatives from Virginia's 11th District 
Representative Elijah Cummings, Member of the US House of Representatives from Maryland’s 7th District
Mr. Ned Dubilo, American Jewish Committee Executive Council
 A. Edward Elmendorf, Former UNA-USA President, Former UNA-USA President
Councilmember Jack Evans, Councilmember of the District of Columbia
Mr. E. Robert Goodkind, Chairman Emeritus, AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Administrative Council
Councilmember David Grosso, Councilmember of the District of Columbia
Mr. David A. Harris, CEO, American Jewish Committee
Mr. Michael Hirschhorn, AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Administrative Council
David W. Inlander, Chair, American Jewish Committee Interreligious Affairs Commission
Ambassador Robert R. King, Special Envoy on North Korean Human Rights Issues, U.S. Department of State 
Ms. Karen Mulhauser, Founder, Mulhauser & Associates; Chair, UNA-USA
Daniel Pincus, AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Administrative Council
Mr. Daniel Price, AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Administrative Council
Mr. Robert Rifkind, Senior Counsel at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; former Advisory Board Chair of the Jacob Blaustein Institute
Mr. Bruce Rubin, AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Administrative Council
Harriet P. Schleifer, Chair, American Jewish Committee National Board of Governors
Judge Stephen M. Schwebel
Ms. Jane Silverman, AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Administrative Council 
Mr. David Squire, AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Administrative Council
Councilmember Mary Thompson, Councilmember of the District of Columbia

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17 November 2016

The Empowerment of Women in Sustainability


The UNA-NCA Committee on Sustainable Development will be hosting a panel discussion on the empowerment of women in sustainability on November 17, 2016. The discussion will highlight Global Goal #5: Gender Equality. 

6:30 – 7:00
Check-in & Networking Reception

7:00 – 7:05
Introductory Remarks

Patrick Realiza, Chair, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee

7:05 – 7:45
Panel Discussion

Patrick Realiza, Chair, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee

Pari Kasotia, Deputy Director, The Solar Foundation

Katherine Arnold, Senior Program Associate, Humanitarian  Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, United Nations Foundation

7:45 – 8:15
Questions and Answers from Audience

8:15 – 8:30
Closing Remarks by Patrick Realiza

When: Thursday, November 17; 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Where: 1775 K St NW #400, Washington, DC 20006

Register here 

01 November 2016

UNA-USA History Book Launch


Join UNA-NCA for the launch of  the book "UNA-USA: A Little Known History of Advocacy and Action"

The book documents 70 years of dedicated and independent action and advocacy for the United Nations and sound US policies in support of the UN, by civic leaders, policy experts, diplomats, and UNA-USA leaders and members across the country. The work of UNA-USA luminaries, such as Clark Eichelberger, Eleanor Roosevelt, Elliot Richardson, Ed Luck, Toby Gati, John Whitehead, and Bill Luers is discussed at length, using original archive material and interviews. Extensive information is featured on the actions of UNA members and chapters. UNA-USA policy studies, human rights programs, and education activities are covered, making the book the first full documentation of the organization from its start. The book concludes with the alliance between UNA-USA and the UN Foundation. Discounted copies of the book will be sold and signed by the author at the launch event. Light snacks will be provided.

  •  James Wurst
    Author, Producer, Journalist, Analyst

     Lead author Jim Wurst is well-known among UN journalists as an analyst specializing in international security issues. Based at the United Nations since 1987, Jim has been a reporter for the National Journal Group (UN Wire and the Global Security Newswire), Inter Press Service, The InterDependent, and LGMA.TV. He has also contributed to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and Arms Control Today. He is the former Editor of Disarmament Times (New York) and Disarmament Campaigns (The Hague). He has written on nuclear weapons, land mines, the arms trade, climate change, financing for development, peacekeeping, UN reform and international law, and he has reported from Europe, Southern Africa and Mexico. His work has been published in anthologies, including A Global Agenda: Issues Before the United Nations 2010-2011, published by the UNA-USA. Jim has held numerous positions in the United Nations Correspondents' Association (UNCA), including President (2005).
  •  Dulcie Leimbach
    Founder of PassBlue, United Nations Association Publications Director
     Lead editor Dulcie Leimbach is the founder of PassBlue, a digital publication reporting on the United Nations that is a project of the Ralph Bunche Institute of International Studies at the City University of New York. She is a Bunche Institute fellow. Previously, she was the publications director of UNA-USA, and before that an editor for more than 20 years at the New York Times.
  • A. Edward Elmendorf
    Past President of UNA-USA, Past President of UNA-NCA
     Former UNA-USA President and CEO, A. Edward Elmendorf, initiated the project and is directing it. Previously employed at the US Mission to the UN, the UN Secretariat, and the World Bank, he is co-author of Better Health in Africa (World Bank, 1994), and has served as a national and local UNA-USA volunteer leader.

When: Tuesday, November 1, 5:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Where: United Nations Foundation, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW #300, Washington, DC 20006

Register Here

24 October 2016

UN Day Trivia Night With the Young Professionals

 Join UNA-NCA, its Young Professionals, and the World Affairs Council DC for a night of international trivia!

On October 24th, 2016, to celebrate UN Day, join UNA-NCA and its Young Professionals Program along with the World Affairs Council DC for their WorldQuest Pub Quiz! This is a monthly international affairs-themed trivia event, so bring your friends and come test your knowledge of global issues. If you would like to participate on a UNA-NCA team, contact the Young Professionals Program at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

When: October 24, 2016; 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Where: Lucky Bar, 1221 Connecticut Avenue NW, DC 20036

Cost: $10 per team payable at the door
Each team is composed of no more than 4 players


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