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23 February 2016

Call For 2016 Nominations

 For UNA-NCA Officer and At-Large Positions

According to Article IX of UNA-NCA's bylaws, the Governance Committee of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) will constitute itself in a Nominating Committee from time to time. On behalf of the Governance Committee, the Nominating Committee for 2016 chaired at the request of President Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (retired) by Past President A. Edward Elmendorf, wishes to invite UNA-NCA members to submit names of candidates, including themselves, for officer and at-large positions on the UNA-NCA Board of Directors becoming vacant in June 2016.

According to UNA-NCA's bylaws, each member who has been in good standing for the preceding year should be given the opportunity to submit the name of any member in good standing for nomination for any vacant office or for membership on the Board of Directors.

We invite your suggestions for nominees for the positions listed below. Names and a brief statement of nominees' qualifications should be submitted by February 23, 2016 to the Nominating Committee by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or via fax at 202-223-6096 .

Because UNA-NCA intentionally does not elect all its officers at the same time, there are many positions in which the incumbent is either completing a term or can remain in office for another term if re-elected. The Governance Committee seeks candidates that include, but are not limited to, stakeholders from corporate, philanthropic, government, foreign policy, international relations and academic leadership. The committee also seeks nominees that will help enhance the board’s reflection of key diversity dimensions, including geographic region, race, age, gender, education and socioeconomic class.

The Nominating Committee will submit its nominations to the membership with an e-ballot in May and the election results will be presented at the June 9, 2016 Annual Membership Meeting. Position descriptions for non-standard officer positions are included with this message.

                                                          Open Positions

                                                      Serving two-year terms

To serve as president-elect for one year and assume the post in June 2017

To serve for one year

                                             Members-At-Large of the Board of Directors

                                                             Serving three-year terms


Officers serve on the UNA-NCA Executive Committee, which meets every other month. They are expected to commit 5-10 hours a week. Officers and Directors at large are expected to attend all Board of Directors meetings (minimum of four every year).

According to the bylaws, Board members are expected to participate in defining strategic directions for UNA-NCA, to fulfill financial and managerial oversight responsibilities, to volunteer time to UNA-NCA Committees, to recruit members, to help to identify new funding sources, to assist in fundraising, and to make annual gifts that represent significant and meaningful commitment, with full appreciation for the person's financial ability and other obligations.

The Board has adopted a policy expecting an annual contribution of $500 ($200 from each Board member and $300 “give or get”). The policy enables every Board member to be recognized as a Global Citizen in the UNA-NCA Annual Report. Board participation and compliance with this policy will be taken into account by the Governance Committee during this year’s nomination process.

If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact Nominating Committee Chair This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or Executive Director This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

19 February 2016

UNA Young Professionals Members' Day Party

Join the UNA Young Professionals from the National Capital Area and Southern New York Chapters for a party celebrating UNA Members' Day!

The party will follow Members’ Day at the UN and will include UN Association members, young professionals and supporters from around the country who will be in New York City supporting the United Nations Association as we discuss the SDGs and the year ahead. 

Where: Beekman Bar and Books; 889 1st Ave, New York, New York 10022

February 19, 2016; 5:00 - 7:00 pm

      • Chris Whatley, Executive Director, UNA-USA
      • Rachel Bowen Pittman, Membership Director, UNA-USA

Cost: Members: $15; Nonmembers: $20
Tickets include one drink and appetizers

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11 February 2016

Transforming Lives TEDx Live Broadcast and Discussion


09 February 2016

Transforming Gender Inequality in the DC Workplace

Cities-for-CEDAW-3The Institute for Women’s Policy Research recently published its ”Status of Women” study, providing data on women’s progress in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States. While DC ranked #1 on employment, women in DC still earn, on average, $9,000 less than their male counterparts. And when we look at other indicators, DC does not perform well.

On February 9th, 2016, UNA-NCA and its DC for CEDAW Committee will host the latest in a series of public education forums on gender discrimination in DC. This discussion will focus on employment issues, including the Family and Medical Leave bill and salary inequality, and examine recommendations and opportunities for combatting gender discrimination in the workplace. Attendees will learn about the work that UNA-NCA’s DC for CEDAW Committee is doing to address these issues in DC and will be invited to participate in its current advocacy campaign.

When: Tuesday, February 9, 2016; 6:00 - 8:00 pm

United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002

Speaker: Dr. Catherine Hill, Vice President for Research, American Association of University Women

Cost: Free

Please support DC for CEDAW by participating in our advocacy campaign!


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

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