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06 December 2017

U.N. Peacekeeping is Vital- and so is its Reform

December 6, 2017 in Washington D.C. 

UNA-NCA and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) have established a partnership to consider the issue of UN Peacekeeping Reform. On May 30, 2017,  about 15 representatives of government, think tanks, foundations, universities, NGOs, USIP and UNA-NCA, representing the full ideological spectrum, met at USIP to identify the issues to be discussed at a Roundtable of Experts. 

On June 30, 2017 a Roundtable of 25 experts met at USIP (including several former ambassadors, a former UN Undersecretary, and other representatives of government, civil society and think tanks) to discuss various proposals to reform and strengthen UN Peacekeeping missions, taking into account the Secretary General’s and the US Administration’s proposed reform agendas. A consensus collated around specific reform initiatives, and a summary was prepared by USIP memorializing the key areas for Peacekeeping reform and strengthening. In addition, UNA-NCA is circulating to its members for comment a more detailed set of recommendations for Peacekeeping strengthening that draws upon ideas offered by the Brahimi and HIPPO reports, the Secretary General’s reform initiatives, the Security Council’s resolution on Peacekeeping reform, and proposals by both the US administration and the US Congress. Copies of these papers will be made available upon request.

The third step in the USIP-UNA-NCA partnership is a public symposium of UN Peacekeeping Reform to be held at USIP next to the US Department of State at which a panel of experts from the UN, US government, and the private sector will engage experts from the nation’s capital and beyond to consider these reform proposals. A report will be prepared based on this discussion. As the US Congress debates US funding of UN Peacekeeping, we hope to elevate the discussion on ways in which UN Peacekeeping serves US national security interests and that of the other member States of the United Nations.

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07 December 2017

2017 Human Rights Awards

Join us for the annual UNA-NCA Human Rights Awards Reception honoring outstanding leaders in the human rights community and celebrating the 72nd Anniversary of the United Nations.

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors!

In honor of the 69th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNA-NCA will recognize individuals and organizations working to improve human rights in their communities and around the world.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Reception 5:15 PM
Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres included
Program 6:00-8:00 PM
National Education Association
1201 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036 

This year's honorees are:

His Excellency Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Nancy Rivard
Founder and President, Airline Ambassadors International
Ambassador Keith Harper
Former United States Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council
Bread for the City
Award Presented to Mr. George Jones, Chief Executive Officer

Admission Tickets
Young Professional/Student: $50
Non-Member Young Professional/Student*: $70
Students under the age of 25 are eligible for free UNA-NCA membership.

Member: $70
Non-Member*: $90
*Non-member tickets include UNA-NCA membership

Sponsor (Individual/organization name listed in the program): $100 




07 December 2017

2017 Human Rights Awards Sponsors

Thank you to our Individual and Institutional Sponsors!

Individual Sponsors
Timothy Barner
Patricia Beneke
Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (retired)
Nancy Bliss

Laura Blyler
Edison W. Dick
Renee Dopplick
Nancy Donaldson

A. Edward Elmendorf
Roger Griffis

Kathy Guthrie
F. Allen "Tex" Harris
Stephen F. Moseley
Karen Mulhauser
Michael Onyemelukwe

Lincoln Oviedo
Wayne Pieringer
Lyric Thompsom

Dr. Iqbal Unus
Luz Maria Utrera

Doug Wake

Institutional Sponsors

Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Circle


Human Rights Champion Circle


Human Rights Leader Circle

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Human Rights Partner Circle


Human Rights Supporter Circle

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15 December 2017

UNA-NCA Internship Opportunities



UNA-NCA Program Assistant
Global Classrooms DC Program Assistant

About the Program
UNA-NCA offers year-round unpaid internships to current students (undergraduates and graduates) and recent graduates.  Both, UNA-NCA program assistant positions and Global Classrooms DC program assistants, are available for the 2017-2018 Academic Year (Fall and Spring semesters). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Program Assistant Internship

20-32 hours/week

UNA-NCA Program Assistant:
Program assistants will gain experience working in a small, non-profit environment and exposure to a variety of communications, membership, events, development, and general administrative tasks.  This position is ideal for those interested in non-profit management and will provide hands-on experience as an integral member of the team.

***To apply, please email resume, cover letter, and hours of availability to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and include Program Assistant in the subject line. Application due Friday, December 15th

Job Duties Database/Membership Management

  • Update and maintain UNA-NCA database and listserv.
  • Assist with developing membership recruitment and retention strategies.
  • Help contact new and current members to inform them about upcoming event and volunteer opportunities.


  • Create and edit the weekly e-newsletter.
  • Assist with maintaining and updating the UNA-NCA website.
  • Help prepare press releases and other promotional materials.
  • Help write, edit, and design newsletters, promotional/event materials and annual reports.
  • Write articles about UNA-NCA or partner's events to be posted on website.
  • Maintain UNA-NCA's social media presence by posting news and information on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


  • Help organize events, meetings and fundraisers, including securing speakers, locating venues, and managing registration.
  • Assist volunteers and other organizations with event logistics.
  • Assist with event publicity and outreach.
  • Represent association at UNA-NCA and partner organization events.

Minimum Required Skills and Experience

  • Detail oriented and well-organized
  • 1+ years’ experience in an office setting, handling day-to-day administrative tasks.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Customer service skills, especially via phone and email.
  • Event planning experience.
  • Strong research and writing skills and experience.
  • Ability to work independently as well as a part of a team with minimal supervision while maintaining a “can-do” attitude.
  • Previous experience working in a fast-paced environment, where handling multiple projects at once is a necessity
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Drive, and Google Calendar
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere
  • Data base experience preferred

*This position is unpaid, but volunteer hours or school credit is available. 

Global Classrooms DC Program Assistant

20-32 hours/week

Global Classrooms DC (GCDC) is UNA-NCA's flagship education program. Program assistants with GCDC will gain experience working in a small, non-profit environment and exposure to a variety of different tasks, like grant research and development, social media promotion, and conference background and preparatory materials related to global education and Model United Nations. This position is ideal for those interested in non-profit management, program development, education, and will provide hands-on experience as an integral member of the team.

Please send your most up-to-date cover letter, resume/CV, and short writing sample (2 page maximum) to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

In your email, please include the subject line "GCDC Spring Internship".

International students are also strongly encouraged to apply. We accept applications from current students and recent graduates.

Deadline to apply for Spring 2018: Friday, November 17 by 5 pm EST
See the end of the posting for more schedule details 

Job Duties
  • Support the Director of Global Education with event and conference logistics, such as the Spring Model UN Conference at the U.S. Department of State and the Pan American Health Organization
  • Edit important background and preparation materials for GCDC Curriculum and Conferences
  • Develop promotional program materials, and posts on social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter
  • Research grant, fundraising and partnership opportunities, and help prepare the necessary documents required 
  • Strategize volunteer recruitment for mentorship and conference opportunities as well as community outreach to new schools and partners 
  • Assist with maintaining the UNA-NCA website in regards to Global Classrooms DC content 
  • Represent Global Classrooms at UNA-NCA, partner organizations, and other events in the DC area as the relate to global education and international affairs

Skills and Experience
  • Detail-oriented 
  • Experience in an office setting handling day-to-day administrative tasks 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, as well as strong planning and time-management skills
  • Customer service skills, especially via phone and email 
  • Very strong research, problem-solving and creative thinking skills 
  • Ability to work both independently and as a part of a team with minimal supervision while maintaining an enthusiastic attitude 
  • Ability to balance multiple projects at once 
  • Background /strong interest in international affairs or Model United Nations

*This position is unpaid, but volunteer hours or school credit is available. 

GCDC Application & Internship Timeline
Accepting applications - Monday, October 9
Application deadline - Friday, November 17
Decisions are generally made around - Friday, December 1
Program start date around - Tuesday, January 16 (negotiable)
Program end date around - Friday, May 4 (negotiable)

31 December 2017

Support UNA-NCA Through The World Bank Community Connections Campaign

This year’s World Bank Community Connections Campaign (CCC) will run from November 1 - December 31, 2017. Both current staff/consultants and retirees can make contributions through the CCC. If 55% of World Bank Group staff participates, all gifts though the CCC will be matched by the World Bank Group.

You can find UNA-NCA in the list of eligible groups for this year’s CCC here. We would be so grateful if you would include UNA-NCA among those organizations you decide to support. We thank those again who have contributed in previous years.

Please share this with friends and colleagues that have or had an affiliation with the World Bank.

Retirees must complete their pledges via personal check. Once you have completed your pledge form, please mail a check payable to “World Bank Community Connections Fund.” The check must be post-dated by December 31, 2017 and received by January 13, 2018 at 3301 Pennsy Drive, Landover, MD 20785 to the attention of Caitlin Berczik MSN MC 9-912.

Tank you very much for supporting the FY18 Community Connections Campaign!

Complete your pledge form here

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