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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
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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.

The speakers include:

· Dr. Andrew Hennenfent, State Epidemiologist, DC. Dept of Health

· Dr. Erin M. Sorrell, Assistant Research Professor, Georgetown Law, O’Neil Institute

· Dr. Elijah Paintsil, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Yale New Haven Hospital

· Charles Ok Pannenborg, public health expert, UNHCR and WHO

The event will be held at the George Mason George Mason University, Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA

(deck parking entrance via Founders Way North)

Registery Today! 

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. 

Careers in the UN 
  • Armando Castro Figueredo, Senior Regional Administrative and Programme Officer, UNHCR Regional Representation for United States and the Caribbean
  • Yesim Oruc, Deputy Director for UNDP Washington
Dinner will be held at the UN Foundation


Careers in Women in Peace and Security 
  • Deb Landau, Coordinator, Civil Society Working Group, United States Institute for Peace (USIP)
  • Richard Ponzio, Director, Just Security 2020 Program at the Stimson Center
Although reception will be at the UN Foundation, dinner will be offsite. (Location to be provided closer to the event)


Careers in International Law 
  • Renee Dopplick, Co-Chair, The UN and International Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association Section of International Law; Director-at-Large, UNA-NCA
  • Duncan CameronSenior Counsel, Cameron, LLP
Dinner will be held at the UN Foundation


Careers in Environment 
  • Patricia Beneke, Former Regional Director and Representative, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Maggie Comstock, Senior Director of Climate Policy at Conservation International (CI)
  • Ahdi Zuber Mohammed, Communications Consultant, FAO Liaison Office for North America
Dinner will be held at the UN Foundation


Careers in International Education - Only one ticket left!

Speakers: Dinner will be held at the UN Foundation


29 April 2018

2018-2019 U.S. Youth Observer to the UN: Applications Now Open!

Apply here by Sunday, April 29, 2018

About the Program

Created to elevate youth voices in the global policy dialogue, the U.S. Youth Observer to the UN is a role appointed annually by the U.S. Department of State and UN Association of the USA. For a one-year term, an American between the ages of 18-25 is selected to engage young people in the U.S. in the work of the United Nations and international issues. 

As a correspondent between U.S. missions to the UN and American youth, the Youth Observer travels throughout the United States to discover the issues important to young Americans and participates at international organization meetings.

The most critical role of the Youth Observer is to engage young Americans in the work of the UN, empowering them to be active participants in dialogue on international issues and to have a global impact. The Youth Observer will travel to high schools and colleges across the nation to build a connection between the UN and young Americans. 

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Are you the next Youth Observer?

Do you have what it takes to be the next U.S. Youth Observer to the UN? We are looking for a dynamic and internationally-engaged young American to fill the role for the 2018-2019 year. Qualified individuals are:

  • Talented writers, capable of digesting lots of information and quickly turning around blog posts to inform other youth. 
  • Team players, willing to work with multiple stakeholders to tell the story of the UN.
  • Intellectually curious and able to have meaningful conversations with high-level individuals.
  • Experienced public speakers who are enthusiastic about engaging with young Americans. 
  • Digitally engaged and tech-savvy, with a knack for communicating online in creative and effective ways.
  • Passionate and entrepreneurial about civic engagement, youth issues, and the United Nations.
  • Interested in international affairs and passionate about solving today’s most pressing problems.
Eligibility Criteria:

Qualified candidates must be:

  • U.S. citizens, ages 18-25
  • Able to commit at least five to ten hours per week to the position, excluding travel, which will consume additional time. 
  • Eager to collaborate with UNA-USA and Department of State staff, staying in close communication throughout the year.
  • Available to travel nationally and internationally (travel and reasonable lodging costs associated with participation as U.S. Youth Observer will be provided). 
  • Willing to participate in social media and in-person media events hosted by UNA-USA and the U.S. Department of State.
  • Capable of quickly producing high-quality blog posts and other social media content based on her/ his experiences as the Youth Observer.
  • Currently unaffiliated with the UN Foundation, UNA-USA, and Department of State as a staff member, intern, or consultant. 
Past Youth Observers

Follow the adventures of current and past Youth Observers here, and learn more about the day-to-day of the position. 

  • Catch up with Brooke Loughrin, 2012-2013 Youth Observer, here
  • See how Tiffany Taylor, 2013-2014 Youth Observer, learned to approach courage differently
  • Find out what Jackson Dougan took away from his term as the 2014-2015 Youth Observer
  • Donya Nasser's travels as Youth Observer took her around the world as the 4th Youth Observer. Read about her "Roman Tour for Gender Equality".
  • Nicol Perez met with youth delegates from other countries to discuss youth unemployment and youth entrepreneurship at the ECOSOC Youth Forum. 
  • Munira Khalif, the most recent Youth Observer, championed education for women and girls and met with female business owners in Hyderabad, India.

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