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20 June 2019

World Refugee Day

In the complex, globalized world we are living in today, security and migration are becoming two concerns which have touched all of us. In many parts of the globe, political unrest and security have threatened the stability of some nations, forcing their nationals to flee to other parts of the globe. This is the case of refugees who have had to escape natural disasters, insecurity and other calamities that threaten their future. Different regions of the world, such as the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the Northern Triangle of Central America, have had their inhabitants leave by the millions. Often times, refugees are not able to return home given that their life could be in threat. For this year's Refugee Day on June 20th, the UNA-NCA is deciding to put on an event to build momentum for refugee relief efforts around the world. Together with the UN Foundation Campaign Nothing But Nets, as well as panelists knowledgeable in the topic, this event will aim to honor refugees on their International Day.

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Thursday, June 20 from 6:00 to 9:00pm
(Doors at 6:00pm, program begins at 6:30pm)

Alliance For Peacebuilding (1800 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036).

Free, but registration is required

Panel Featuring:

Sami Baloch Badini, Activist, The George Washington University

Lual Mayen, Activist and Entrepreneur, American University

Mary Kate Vanecko, Moderator, Nothing But Nets Campaign Coordinator

Manyang Reath, Humanity Helping Sudan, Founder

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23 June 2019

2019-2020 U.S. Youth Observer to the UN: Applications Now Open!

Apply here by Sunday, June 23, 2019


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 2019-2020 year. Qualified individuals are:

    • Passionate and entrepreneurial about civic engagement, youth issues, and the United Nations
    • Talented writers, capable of digesting complicating information and quickly turning around blog posts to inform other youth
    • Social media savvy individuals with creative ideas for digital engagement
    • Intellectually curious and able to have meaningful conversations with high-level individuals
    • Experienced public speakers who are enthusiastic about engaging with young Americans
    • Dedicated to making the world a better place
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 2017-2018 Youth Observer, championed education for women and girls and met with female business owners in Hyderabad, India.

26 June 2019

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 sharing their experience and insider's perspective.

Wednesday, June 26 from 6:30 to 8:00pm (Doors at 6:30pm, program begins at 7:00pm)
Where: The Fund for American Studies (1706 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009).
Cost: Free for 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 from your .edu email for the discount code. 

Panel Featuring:

Sultana Ali (moderator), UNA-NCA Vice President for Communications
Sarah Jackson-Han, UN Development Programme

Elizabeth Lizama, International Organization for Migration