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15 April 2020

Take Action: Devastating Threat to Freeze All WHO Funding


In the last 24 hours, the threat to the United Nations - and the prosperity of the international community - has come under renewed threat. As of April 14, the Administration claimed that it would freeze all funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) - all the while, we remain in the midst of an unprecedented global battle with COVID-19. 
You can watch this morning's update from the Secretary General on the spread of COVID-19 and misinformation here.  
The impact of such a freeze could be catastrophic to the treatment and prevention of COVID-19 across the globe - and we'll feel it in our own communities as well. 
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, WHO has shipped: 800,000 surgical masks; 54,000 N95 masks; 873,000 gloves; 15,000 goggles; 24,000 face shields.  This personal protective equipment (PPE) has been sent to 75 countries; they have also shipped testing kits to 126 countries. WHO's leadership in supporting research and production in partnership with Google, Facebook, and Whatsapp have played a critical role in mitigating the consequences of this pandemic. 
We stand with WHO - and we need our members of Congress to denounce this threat. More than ever before, this is the time to supprot the UN and its agencies. 
Picking up the phone and calling your Member of Congress is a quick and effective way to stand in solidarity with the World Health Organization (WHO). 
1.To call your respective Members of Congress, please dial 855-466-4862.
  • Once you dial this number, you will be asked to enter your five-digit zip code.
  • Afterwards, you will be prompted to press #1 or #2 to speak with your Senators and #3 to speak with your Representative.
  • Helpful tip: if you're leaving a voicemail, be prepared to limit your message to under 90 seconds. 
2.Before calling, be prepared with a short script that covers the following pieces of information:
  • Who are you? Where are you from?
Sample Script: Hi, I’m [your name], a constituent and voter from [your town/county/city, state]. I am a member of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, the largest chapter of UNA-USA, a grassroots movement of Americans dedicated to supporting the vital work of the United Nations.
  • Why are you calling?
Sample Script: I am calling you today to express my support for the World Health Organization. Right now, the UN is leading and coordinating the global response effort to COVID-19 by supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. In today’s interconnected world, a deadly health threat anywhere is a deadly threat everywhere. Will you join me in condemning the threat to WHO funding? 
  • How has COVID-19 impacted your life?
3.Keep your message brief and to the point, and don’t forget to thank the staffer for their time!
Share the attached graphic on social media using the hashtag #USAforUN. Together, we can make it clear to Congress, this Administration, and the men and women on the frontlines of this fight- we stand with the WHO.  
Download, save, and share UNA-NCA's one-pager on calling you member of congress here.
Interested in joining UNA-NCA's Advocacy Task Force for rapid response advocacy efforts? Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

08 May 2020

Young Professional Virtual Office Hours

The UNA-NCA Young Professionals Program will be hosting virtual office hours to provide career insight and mentorship in various fields. We are currently looking for professionals to act as mentors and answer questions regarding their career, work with the UNA-NCA, and other relevant experience. 
If you would like to become a mentor, please share your contact information and availability in this Google Sheet. This will not commit you to any responsibilities yet, but will simply inform us of your availability.

If we match you with an individual who is interested in your knowledge and expertise, we will make sure to reach out to you in advance and share the opportunity with you before making any direct connections. 
For any questions, please feel free to reach out to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Registration closes on Friday, May 22nd at 12:00pm EST

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. 


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.


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

24 July 2020

Careers in the United Nations

Have you ever thought about working for the United Nations or one of its agencies?  In partnership with The Fund For American Studies, UNA-NCA is proud to present a panel discussion on Careers in the United Nations.  The panel will feature speakers from two different UN Agencies and the UN Association of the USA sharing their experience and insider's perspective of not only working for the United Nations, but also working towards the UN goals from the grassroots.

Friday, July 24th from 4:00 to 5:00pm

Where: Zoom Webinar
Cost: $5 for members and students; $15 for non-members

Panel Featuring:


Laura Blyler (Moderator), Vice Chair of Young Professionals, UNA-NCA
Farah Eck, Senior Director, UN Association of the USA

Sarah Jackson-Han
, Adviser for Communications, Partnerships, & Policy, UN Development Programme

Kristi Pelzel, UNA-NCA Graduate Fellows Program Alumna

Stefania Piffanelli
, Deputy Director, UN Information Center-Washington