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16 July 2020

Coffee Chat with UNDP, IFAD, Bread for the City and more!




UNA-NCA Coffee Chat: Food Insecurity & SDG 1: No Poverty


Join us on Thursday, July 16 from 1:00-2:00pm for our collaboration with leading experts in sustainable development. 
 
 
UNA-NCA will be joined by leadership from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Bread for the City, and more. 


We'll explore the scope of stakeholder work related to food security and poverty alleviation while offering critical insights into the impact of COVID-19 on poverty and development. 


Featuring: 

George Jones
Chief Executive Officer, Bread for the City

Yesim Oruc
Deputy Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Rafael Tapia Jr. 
Vice President of Programs, Partnership with Native Americans (PWNA)

Joanna Veltri
Chief, Americas Liaison Office at International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
 

Register hereStay tuned for updates about our speakers and partner organizations.

 
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Enjoying our Coffee Chat series? You can find highlights from our latest sessions below.
 





07 July 2020

The UN’s Impact in The Middle East: Perspectives from Young Leaders


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Join us
on Tuesday, July 7 from 12:00-1:30pm for an exploration of the United Nations’ role in peacebuilding in and around the Middle East by providing the perspectives of Israeli and Palestinian youth who have first-hand experience with the UN’s work.

UNA-NCA will be joined by the New Story Leadership (NSL), a Washington, D.C. based non-profit that brings Israeli and Palestinian youth leaders to Washington, DC every summer for leadership, community service, business development, and narrative training.
 
Featuring:

John Callaghan
Co-founder of New Story Leadership and alumn of the Washington Ireland Program

Tom Bradley 
Moderator, UNA-NCA Vice Chair of Programs

Mahmoud A.
Co-founder of Leaves of Canaan

Meshi C.
BA student at Ben-Gurion University

Doron G.
Project manager for regional cooperation at Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Tareq J.
Active member, project manager, and facilitator of Encompass Trust

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01 July 2020

Sextortion Forum

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How acute is the Sextortion issue?  What must we do to counter Sextortion?

Sex + Corruption = Sextortion          

The abuse of power to obtain sexual favors – specific demands by men in power of sex in return for, for example, obtaining a job, getting a passing college grade, ensuring safe passage as a migrating refugee, obtaining vital official documents.   What all the victims have in common is that they are in situations where they have few means to secure legal, or community support and recourse – making them all the more vulnerable.    

Please join outstanding experts from Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States in a 90-minute conversation on one of the worst forms of corruption. 

Guest experts include:

Francisca Chinelo Ekwonu, founder of “New Girl On Campus (NGOC), ” official at the Centre for Social Awareness, Advocacy and Ethics (CSAAE), Lagos, Nigeria.

Dr. Ortrun Merkle, United Nations University-MERIT

Nancy Hendry International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), Washington DC  – a leading authority and writer on the challenges of sextortion. 

Marie Chêne, Transparency International, Berlin, Research Director – TI recently published: Breaking the Silence around Sextortion: The Links between Power, Sex and Corruption

Oluwaseun Ayodeji OsowobiExecutive Director, Stand to End Rape Initiative (STER), Lagos, Nigeria.

Dena Shayne, Equal Justce Works Crime Victims Just Corps Fellow, Amara Legal Center


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24 June 2020

2020 UNA-NCA Annual Meeting

Register today!

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Date: June 24th, 2020
Time: 4:00-5:30pm
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free; Suggested donation of $30.  Registration is required.

Join UNA-NCA on June 24 for this year's Annual Meeting to learn more about our recent accomplishments and continued work. The program also includes the presentation of the 2019-2020 Annual Reports and Board election results.

The program will feature an intergenerational conversation on the State of Human Rights at Home and Globally with:

Moderator:
Loyce Pace, UNA-NCA Board Member and Global Health Council President and Executive Director 


Panelists: 
Tonia Wellons, Greater Washington Community Foundation President

George Jones, Bread for the City President and Chief Executive Officer 

Oona Nelson, Howard University Student and UNA-USA National Council Representative

Suggested donations are welcome online and via check sent to the UNA-NCA office at 2000 P Street NW, Suite 540, Washington, DC 200036




18 June 2020

Coffee Chat with UNHCR, IOM and More



UNA-NCA Coffee Chat: Refugee & Migrant Rights


Honoring World Refugee Day & Exploring SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

 
Join us on Thursday, June 18 from 1:00-2:00pm for our exploration of the landscape of migration, asylum & resettlement in an age of unprecedented challenges- from political opposition to the global pandemic. 
 
UNA-NCA will be joined by leadership from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), Ayuda, and more. 
 
Featuring: 

Luca Dall'Oglio
DC Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Ronnate Asirwatham
Director for Advocacy, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)

Jana Mason
Senior Advisor, External Relations & Government Affairs, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Beatriz Ortiz 
Staff Attorney, DC Immigration, Ayuda

Mamadou Sy

Vice President of Operations, Lutheran Social Services (LSS)


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What are our shared goals and challenges? Register now

Stay tuned for speaker updates.  



16 June 2020

Young Professionals Career Session: Nuclear Career Chat with Foreign Affairs Specialist Victoria Sanchez


Date: June 16, 2020
Time: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual
Cost: Free for Members and Students; $5 for Non-Members

Register here!

Join us for a career conversation with Victoria Sanchez, Foreign Affairs Officer with the U.S. Department of State. Victoria will share insights from her current role and how she got her start through the National Nuclear Security Administration Graduate Fellowship. Victoria will also speak about pursuing a career in federal service and provide career advice for students and young professionals.

Presenters:


Jordan Hibbs, UNA-NCA Board of Directors (Facilitator)




26 May 2020

Washington D.C. and Delaware UN75 Consultation

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22 May 2020

2020 UNA-NCA Human Rights Awards Nominations

Thank you for your interest innominating an individual or organization for the 2020 UNA-NCA Human Rights Awards.  Unfortuantely, the nominations period has closed.  Keep an eye on our website and newsletter for more information on this year's ceremony!

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area’s (UNA-NCA) annual Human Rights Awards Reception commemorates the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by presenting the Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award, the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award, the F. Allen “Tex” Harris Diplomacy Award, and the Community Human Rights Award to individuals and organizations that have made substantial contributions in the field of human rights.

We invite you to submit your nominations for the 2020 UNA-NCA Human Rights Awards. This is an opportunity for you to honor those you know who are working to further human rights, and we are excited to see who this year’s recipients will be.

The Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award is presented to persons who have:
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