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29 January 2020

The Future of Multilateral Peacebuilding

A Conversation with U.N. Undersecretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo

In an era of rapid technological change and fraying traditional alliances, the international order that has overseen one of the most peaceful periods in human history is facing unprecedented challenges. While member states grapple with the utility and relevance of the United Nations in the 21st century, global fragility, conflict, and violence continue to escalate—exacting an enormous human toll. The imperative for collective global action to resolve the world’s most intractable conflicts has never been greater.

In light of these trends, it’s critical that the community of actors committed to global peace and security take stock of the successes, challenges, and innovations in multilateral conflict prevention, mediation, and peacebuilding. 

Join USIP, The Stimson Center, Alliance for Peacebuilding, and the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area for a timely discussion on the future of the multilateral system and the potential for practical, innovative reform with U.N. Undersecretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo, the highest-ranking American currently serving at the United Nations and the first woman to hold the position. As a precursor to the U.N.’s 75th anniversary in 2020, this event will consider how the U.N. has modernized its conflict prevention and management resources to address the changing nature of conflict; how reforms of the U.N.’s political and peacebuilding architecture have improved its effectiveness, as well as what steps are still needed; and what practical actions U.S. and international policymakers can take to support more durable multilateral peacebuilding efforts.

Where: U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
Cost: Free, but registration is required

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9:30am – 10:00am: Refreshments

10:00am – 10:10am: Welcome Remarks and Introduction by The Honorable Nancy Lindborg, President & CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace

10:10am – 10:30am: Keynote Address by  Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, Undersecretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations

10:30am – 11:50am: Facilitated Panel Discussion with Undersecretary-General DiCarlo, featuring:
  • Ambassador George Moose (moderator), Vice Chairman of the Board, U.S. Institute of Peace; Advisory Council Member, United Nations Association of the National Capital Area
  • Ms. Victoria Holt, Vice President, Stimson Center
  • The Honorable Nancy Lindborg, moderator, President & CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Ms. Uzra Zeya, President & CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding
    • Ambassador Lynn Pascoe, Board Member, UNA-NCA; Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Politial Affairs

    11:50am – 12:00pm: Closing Remarks
    Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo
    • Undersecretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations

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  • 01 February 2020

    Seeking VA, MD, and DC Hub Coordinator(s) for Advocacy Committee


    Interest should be expressed to Advocacy Associate  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , with subject line "Advocacy Committee Hub Coordinator", along with the submission of this form.

    Hub Coordinator(s)* will:
    1) Recruit UNA-NCA members in VA and MD Congressional districts.  UNA-NCA’s footprint includes all of DC and Maryland, and the following parts of Northern Virginia:

    · Congressional Districts: Northern Virginia is part of the 1st, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th congressional districts. These districts also span into other areas further south of Virginia.

    · Counties: Caroline, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudon, Prince William, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, Stafford.

    · Independent Cities: Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

    2) Develop small Congressional “networks” primarily for Digital advocacy. For instance; two or three UNA-NCA members per network for the respective Hubs.

    3) Respond (Hubs/Networks) to VP Advocacy and Advocacy Associate calls for action.

    4) Provide feedback to VP Advocacy, Advocacy Associate, and in some cases, other UNA-NCA staff.

    5) Check Advocacy webpage and UNE weekly for timely messaging and alert respective “networks”: VA, MD and, in some cases, DC.

    6) Report follow-up from Congressional offices (including requests) to Advocacy Associate, VP Advocacy.

    7) Communicate with "networks" about Advocacy Training and other UNA-NCA events and programs.


    Prefer TWO members per Hub Role for VA, MD, and DC -- for “backup” purposes.

    02 February 2020

    UNA-NCA Young Professionals Board of Directors Position Openings - 2019

    Come join the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, UNA-NCA, a nonprofit organization serving the greater Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas. With the help of over 5,000 members, volunteers, and supporters in the greater Washington area, UNA-NCA works to build public knowledge of the UN, strengthen UN-US relations, and aid the UN in achieving its goals. 

    The UNA-NCA Young Professionals (YP) program cultivates future globally minded leaders in international affairs, spanning nonprofits and the public and private sectors through professional development programming and leadership and mentorship opportunities. The team develops international-affairs oriented educational and advocacy programs that will help DC-area young professionals further their knowledge of pressing international issues, dedicate themselves to making a change in the world, and take a step towards becoming future global leaders. 
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