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14 April 2018

Spring 2018 Young Professionals' Career Dinners


On Saturday, April 14, 2018, UNA-NCA invites students and young professionals to participate in its semi-annual Young Professionals' Career Dinner series.
This signature event is an opportunity for young people to discuss global career paths and network with experienced professionals in their fields of interest. The Spring 2018 Career Dinner Series will kick off with a networking reception where participants and speakers will have the chance to meet and swap business cards. This Spring's keynote speaker is Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, Co-founder and Executive Director of International Civil Society Action Network. 

In 2000, Ms. Naraghi-Anderlini was among the civil society drafters of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. In 2011, Ms. Naraghi-Anderlini was the first Senior Expert on Gender and Inclusion on the UN's Mediation Standby Team. She provides guidance and training to senior personnel in UN agencies, governments and NGOs worldwide, and has worked in conflict affected countries globally, including leading assessments in Maoist cantonments in Nepal. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018
5:00 pm Networking Reception
7:00 pm Dinner 

United Nations Foundation
1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006 

$45 for members (*Students under the age of 25 are eligible for this price)
$55 for non-members 
$65 for non-members with UNA-NCA membership 

Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, Co-founder and Executive Director of International Civil Society Action Network.

Professional speakers in each of these topics will offer career advice and guidance, and share personal stories of experience in their particular fields. Attendees are encouraged to ask specific or general questions about the field, and engage in conversation in a uniquely intimate and comfortable setting. 
To register, click on the dinner topic you are interested in.
Each dinner has its own length program please be advised that you are only allowed to register for one dinner. 
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11 April 2018

The UN’s New “Sustaining Peace” Agenda


: The U.S. Institute of Peace, Alliance for Peacebuilding, United Nations Association-National Capital Area, and the Stimson Center invite you to participate in a discussion on complex and timely issues before next month’s UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace in New York. The event is on-the-record. Please join us for coffee, fruit, and pastries at 9:00 AM. 
WHERE: The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington DC, 20036
WHEN: Monday, April 11, 2018, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
RSVP: Click here to RSVP for the event.

From North Africa and the Middle East to South Sudan, Ukraine, and Afghanistan, the past several years have witnessed a marked uptick in political violence within states, reversing the trend recorded since the end of the Cold War. In 2016 alone, more countries experienced violent conflict than at any time in nearly 30 years, including the continued sharp rise in terrorist attacks.

Earlier this year, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres released his Report on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace to inform a related UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting planned for April 24-25, 2018 in New York. Together, they are poised to advance the world body’s work in the areas of conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping, and post-conflict peacebuilding, in collaboration with a range of regional organizations, civil society groups, and business partners.

This panel discussion will explore whether and how best the UN’s new “Sustaining Peace” Agenda can help to reduce violence substantially in fragile and conflict-affected countries, while building more just, inclusive, and resilient societies. The session will include highlights and recommendations from the recent Doha Regional Dialogue on Sustaining Peace and D.C. Experts Dialogue on the Emerging UN Sustaining Peace Effort, as well as the findings and proposals advanced by the new World Bank-UN Pathways for Peace report.

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04 April 2018

Highlights from the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women

When: 5:30-7:00 PM, Wednesday, April 4th
Where: International Center for Research on Women (1120 20th Street NW, #500N, Washington, DC 20036)
Cost: Free for UNA-NCA and Alliance for Peacebuilding Members, and students*; $5 for non-members
(Students email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for the discount code.  Alliance for Peacebuilding members please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

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Can't join us in person?  Excited to announce we will be livestreaming tonight's event!  Click here to join us virtually!

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meets each year at the UN for two weeks in March. This year the theme is Achieving Gender equality and the Empowerment of Rural women and Girls. 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.
Panelists include:

Lyric Thompson
, Moderator
Jordan Hibbs, Presidential Management Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy; Sustainable Development Committee Member, UNA-NCA
Helena Minchew, Program Officer, International Women's Health Coalition
Kimberly Weichel, Chair, Advisory Council, UNA NCA; and Chair, Women and Peacebuilding Affinity Group, Alliance for Peacebuilding

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29 March 2018

Africa’s Healthcare Challenges and Next Steps for the Future

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

6:00pm to 8:00pm
George Mason Univeristy, Founders Hall
3351 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
Free for students* and members; $5 for non-members
*Students email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it from your student email for the discount code.

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We are excited to announce that the UNA-NCA African Affairs Committee in collaboration with the George Mason University will host a panel discussion on the challenges of healthcare in Africa.

The panel will focus on the vital efforts needed by the private sector, NGOs and the international community in building public health preparedness in Africa through technical assistance.  Addressing the role private sector organizations and non-governmental communities can plan in building public health in Africa by highlighting the key steps (technology, health infrastructure, and economic impact) needed to prevent further health outbreaks.  Focusing on Global Goal #3 to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all by educating and creating awarenewss about the current health care challenges in Africa.

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23 February 2018

UNA-NCA and UNA-SNY Young Professionals Post-Summit Happy Hour


22 January 2018

New Frontiers in Peace Metrics: A Discussion on the Sustainable Development Goal #16

JANUARY 24, 2018 | 4:30 PM 


The new SDG16 Progress Report is focuses on methodology and challenges around measuring Sustainable Development Goal #16 (Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for stainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels) from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The report is unique in that it begins to measure countries’ actual performance and progress against the 12 targets of SDG16. While SDG16 heralds important international recognition of how violence and conflict can compromise development, the report highlights methodological issues, political challenges, and implementation concerns around data collection and statistical capacity that - if not addressed - could undermine the achievement of SDG16.

Having a clear understanding of available country-level data is integral to developing the policies and interventions necessary to improve not only the measurements for SDG16, but also the outcomes for peace, justice and strong institutions. As such, rigorous and independent composite measures like IEP’s Global Peace Index (GPI) and Positive Peace Index (PPI) remain important global barometers of progress toward peace. 
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31 December 2017

Support UNA-NCA Through The World Bank Community Connections Campaign

This year’s World Bank Community Connections Campaign (CCC) will run from November 1 - December 31, 2017. Both current staff/consultants and retirees can make contributions through the CCC. If 55% of World Bank Group staff participates, all gifts though the CCC will be matched by the World Bank Group.

You can find UNA-NCA in the list of eligible groups for this year’s CCC here. We would be so grateful if you would include UNA-NCA among those organizations you decide to support. We thank those again who have contributed in previous years.

Please share this with friends and colleagues that have or had an affiliation with the World Bank.

Retirees must complete their pledges via personal check. Once you have completed your pledge form, please mail a check payable to “World Bank Community Connections Fund.” The check must be post-dated by December 31, 2017 and received by January 13, 2018 at 3301 Pennsy Drive, Landover, MD 20785 to the attention of Caitlin Berczik MSN MC 9-912.

Tank you very much for supporting the FY18 Community Connections Campaign!

Complete your pledge form here

18 December 2017

Support UNA-NCA this Holiday!


Please take a moment to remember the UNA-NCA family and make us your charity of choice.

This holiday season:

  • Give the gift of community. Membership starts at just $25 and gives your friend or loved one free or reduced admission to all of our wonderful events around the year, access to an extensive network of professionals, and opportunities to touch on issues such as human rights with any number of our committees.
  • Give the gift of global education. Starting at $20, support a delegate through Global Classrooms DC, where your gift will ethiopiapersonally create and strengthen opportunities for students and educators to grow their skills through model UN.
  • Give the gift of history. Purchase a discounted copy of the UNA History book for just $20, and explore the history that the UNA family has been writing together. 
  • Give a gift through the World Bank Community Connections FY18 CampaignUnited Way Campaign (Code # 1269) or Combined Federal Campaign (Code # 77667).


Your donation helps us to provide:

  • Year-long Model UN programming through our Global Classrooms DC program, which in 2016-2017 served 1,000 middle and high school students from 40 schools. Of those schools, 20% qualified as Title 1, or schools that receive federal funding to support at-risk and low-income students.
  • Leadership and professional development opportunities to students and young professionals through our career dinners, graduate fellows programs, and Young Professionals committee
  • A variety of events ranging from community forums and lectures, to panels and happy hours that discuss international issues like the Syrian refugee crisis, human rights, and the recently adopted Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and continued support. All the best this holiday season!

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