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01 February 2016

Trivia Night With the Young Professionals!

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

Please Note: Due to weather, this event has been postponed to February 1st. 

On January 25, 2016, UNA-NCA and its Young Professionals Committee will join the World Affairs Council DC for their first WorldQuest Pub Quiz of the year! This is a monthly international affairs-themed trivia event, so bring your friends and come test your knowledge of global issues.

When: February 1, 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


27 January 2016

The United Nations Human Rights Program in 2016

The year 2016 will be an important one for the Human Rights Program of the United Nations. Under the agreed rules for the UN's Human Rights Council, the United States will take a year off, without being a member, but will almost certainly be canvassing support for re-election in the fall when UN elections are held. Closer to home, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is expected to establish an office in Washington DC, and the High Commissioner and UN special rapporteurs will undoubtedly face challenges in the Middle East and beyond.

Against this background, UNA-NCA and the American Foreign Service Association will co-host a forum on January 27, 2016 to learn US perspectives and plans on the UN's human rights program in 2016, to explore major challenges being faced by the program, and to have an opportunity to raise questions with key American staff, including the State Department's officer responsible for back-stopping US participation in the Human Rights Council, Dr. Wesley Reisser. Dr. Reisser recently received the 2015 F. Allen "Tex" Harris Human Rights Diplomacy Award at our annual Human Rights Awards Reception.

AFSA_logoWhen: January 27, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

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

Dr. Wesley Reisser, Senior Foreign Affairs Officer, Office of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, International Organization Affairs Bureau, U.S. Department of State

Discussant: Ted Piccone, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Project on International Order and Strategy, Latin America Initiative, The Brookings Institution

Members - Free; Nonmembers  - $10


21 January 2016

UNA-NCA Leader to Speak at United Nations Bookshop

Dr. Laurence Peters, director of UNA-NCA Graduate Fellows Program, will discuss his book on the history of the UN at the General Assembly bookshop in New York!


When: Thursday, January 21, 2016; 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: United Nations Bookshop, General Assembly Building, Concourse Level; 1st Avenue & 46th Street, New York, NY 10017

      • Dr. Laurence Peters, author; Director, Graduate Fellows Program, UNA-NCA
      • Dr. David Stillman, Executive Director, Public-Private Alliance

Cost: Free

RSVP by January 20, 2016

20 January 2016

Upcoming Advocacy Committee Meeting

Interested in volunteering with UNA-NCA?  Want to become part of a committee that advocates for UN measures and cooperative, global leadership?

Attend the next UNA-NCA Advocacy Committee Meeting on January 20th to learn more about the committee's activities and get involved! 

When: Wednesday, January 20, 2016; 6 - 8 pm
Where: UNA-NCA Office; 2000 P Street NW Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036

For more information and to confirm your attendance, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

14 January 2016

Global Health Forum

Join UNA-NCA and its African Affairs Committee for a Global Health Forum on Ebola-affected states.

On January 14, UNA-NCA and the American University Comparative Regional Studies Program will host a forum examining the Ebola crisis in West Africa. The upcoming forum will facilitate a dialogue among Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, on post-Ebola experiences, best practices, and country priorities and strategies for addressing critical barriers of devastated health care systems, loss of education, and distressed social structures. The dialogue will nurture a common sense of shared vision and responsibility among those affected countries and the health and development community as they deal with the challenges of recovering in the new year.

The forum will highlight key steps necessary to prevent future health emergencies and educate and create strategic partnerships to bring awareness of the issues of importance to West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak. Topics for discussion will include strengthening of health systems, merging new technology with health, current and potential economic impact, and the role of donor agencies in mitigating the outbreak.

When: Thursday, January 14, 2016; 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: American University School of International Service Room 300; 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016

      • Dr. Russell Morgan (Keynote), Former Chair, National Peace Corps Association, Ebola Relief Fund
      • Torrance Hubbard, HEPRA Senior Deputy Director, DC Department of Health
      • Mariama Keita, Outreach & Engagement Specialist, USAID (invited)
      • Shunsuke Mabuchi, Senior Health Specialist, World Bank (invited)
      • Sasha McGee, Senior Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, DC Department of Health
      • Dr. Thespina Yamanis (Moderator), Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University

Members - Free; Non-Members - $10
Students: Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register at no charge!


07 January 2016

Upcoming Sustainable Development Committee Meeting

Passionate about issues in sustainable development?

UNA-NCA's next Sustainable Development Committee meeting will take place January 7th to discuss upcoming programming on economic, environmental, and social sustainability.

When:  Thursday, January 7th, 2016; 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: The George Washington University, 2121 I St NW, Washington, DC 20052

For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

15 December 2015

Holiday Raffle for CEDAW in DC

This holiday season, give the gift of equality!

UNA-NCA is hosting a gingerbread house raffle to support Cities for CEDAW in DC and make our nation's capital a center of gender equality.

To support this initiative, we're raffling off this Gingerbread Village, commemorating two iconic DC hotspots: Ben's Chili Bowl and Bohemian Caverns!

In 1980, President Carter signed the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which provides a national agenda for the protection of women's rights and reduction of inequalities. However, in the intervening 35 years, the U.S. Senate has never ratified the Convention. UNA-NCA believes it is important to embrace the principles of the bill at the city level in DC, and, through its Cities for CEDAW iniative, encourages DC Council support for legislation.

San Francisco began implementing CEDAW in 1998 and has seen huge success including:
      • Near complete elimination of domestic violence homicides
      • Equal appointment to city commissions and boards
      • Public works initiatives, including wider sidewalks to accommodate strollers andstreet lamps to increase safety
        - And our Gingerbread Village models both of these!

Tickets for the Gingerbread Village Raffle are $10 each - more tickets means more shots at winning!

The CEDAW in DC Gingerbread Village depicts two iconic U Street buildings - Ben's Chili Bowl and Bohemian Caverns. The completely edible buildings sit on a platform measuring 32 by 24 inches and will be delivered to a winner in the DC Metro Area on December 23rd

Buy tickets here

10 December 2015

2015 Human Rights Awards Reception

Join us for the annual UNA-NCA Human Rights Awards Reception honoring outstanding leaders in the human rights community and celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations.

In honor of the 67th 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 10, 2015
Reception: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Program: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Gold Room, Rayburn House Office Building
Independence Avenue SW and First Street SW
Washington, DC 20515
Registration has closed for this event. To join the waiting list, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

This year's honorees are:

Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award
Presented to
Ambassador Mark P. Lagon (ret.), President, Freedom House
Presented by Elisa Massimino, President & CEO, Human Rights First

Perdita Huston Human Rights Award
Dr. Kathleen Kuehnast, Senior Gender Advisor, United States Institute of Peace
Presented by Dr. Nora Dudwick, Director of Gender and Social Inclusion, Millennium Challenge Corporation

F. Allen "Tex" Harris Human Rights Diplomacy Award 
Presented to
Dr. Wesley Reisser, Senior Foreign Affairs Officer, Office of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs,
International Organization Affairs Bureau, State Department
Presented by Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs, Ms. Bathsheba Crocker

Distinguished Community Human Rights Award
Presented to
Martha's Table
Accepted by Patty Stonesifer, President and CEO
Presented by Mr. David C. Simmons, Chief Administrative Law Judge, District of Columbia Commission on Human Rights

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

Honorary Committee Members

Ms. Goli Ameri, President & Interim CEO, Center for Global Engagement
Ms. Sanam Anderlini
, Co-Founder and Executive Director, ICAN
Dr. Anthony C. Arend
, Director, Master of Science in Foreign Service, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
John B. Bellinger III
, Partner, National Security and Public
International Law Practices, Arnold & Porter LLP
Congressman Donald Beyer
, Representative for Virginia's 8th District
Dr. Susan Bissell
,  Director a.i., The New Global Partnership - ending violence against children, UNICEF
Mr. Mark Bromley
, Council Chair, Council for Global Equality
Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat
, President, Women in International Security
Delegation of the European Union to the United States
Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky
, Senior Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
Congressman Sam Farr, Representative for California's
20th Congressional District
Ms. Carla Koppell
, Chief Strategy Officer, US Agency for International Development
Congresswoman Barbara Lee
, Representative for California's 13th Congressional District
Ms. Nancy Linborg
, President, U.S. Institute of Peace
Ambassador Michael Guest
, Senior Advisor, Council for Global Equality
Congressman Jim McGovern, Representative for Massachusetts' 2nd Congressional District
Ms. Karen Mulhauser
, Founder, Mulhauser & Associates; Chair, UNA-USA
Mr. William H. Taft IV
, Of Counsel Resident, Fried Frank LLP
Ambassador David O'Sullivan
, Head of the Delegation of the
European Union to the United States
Mr. Donald Steinberg
, President & CEO, World Learning
Ms. Jennifer Windsor
, Chief Executive Officer, Women for Women International
Dr. Abiodun Williams
, President, The Hague Institute for Global Justice

 Thank You to Our Sponsors

Organization Sponsors





Individual Sponsors
Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (ret.) and Nancy Bliss
A. Edward Elmendorf
F. A. "Tex" Harris and Jeanie Harris
Melissa Kaplan
T. Kumar
Kim Watson
Sponsorship opportunities available here.

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