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15 October 2020
UN75 Coffee Chat: The Future We Want


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UNA-NCA is proud to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations alongside Congressman Jamie Raskin and a panel of US Ambassadors  for a special edition of our Coffee Chat discussion series. 

Join us on Thursday, October 15th from 11:30am-1:00pm EST for a dynamic exploration of how key stakeholders are bridging the gap between global and local goals. As the United Nations turns 75, what role will its institutions and the Sustainable Development Goals play in shaping our future? 

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Featuring: 

Congressman Jamie Raskin 

Congressman Jamie Raskin is the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District. He was a professor of constitutional law for more than a quarter-century at American University Washington College of Law before entering Congress and has published several books, including the Washington Post Bestseller Overruling Democracy: The Supreme Court versus the American People, and dozens of scholarly articles and essays. 

Congressman Raskin is currently serving his second term on the Judiciary, House Oversight, and House Administration Committees. He also serves on the Rules Committee and is an elected Member of the House Democratic Leadership Team. He also serves on the new Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. Prior to his time in Congress, Raskin was a three-term State Senator in Maryland, where he served as Senate Majority Whip. He earned a reputation for building coalitions in Annapolis to deliver a series of landmark legislative accomplishments, including marriage equality, abolition of the death penalty, decriminalization of marijuana, strong equal pay for equal work legislation, and several pieces of strong anti-drunk driving legislation, including the compulsory ignition interlock device for convicted drunk drivers.

Congressman Raskin is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He and his wife Sarah Bloom Raskin, a former Governor of the Federal Reserve Board and the former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Department under President Obama, live in Takoma Park with their dogs, Potter and Toby. They have three grown children.


Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (Ret.)

Ambassador Don Bliss is a Past President of UNA-NCA. From 2006-2009, he served in Montreal as U.S. Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a UN-affiliated international organization, and U.S.  Permanent Representative on the ICAO Council. From 1977-2006, he practiced law in the D.C. office of the international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Prior government service includes Acting General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation (1975-76), Executive Secretary to the U.S. Agency for International Development (1974-75); Executive Secretary to the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare under the Honorable Elliot L. Richardson (1969-73) and Peace Corps Volunteer lawyer (Micronesia) (1966-68), where he met his wife, Nancy, who has also served as a Director-at-Large of the UNA-NCA.

Don serves on the Board of Directors of the Council of American Ambassadors. He has also served on the Boards of The Studio Theatre, Arts for the Aging, Inc. (as president and co-chair), Cedar Lane Unitarian-Universalist Church (as chair), Harleysville Mutual Insurance Company and as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Air and Space Law Forum and President of the national Ripon Society and the Harvard Law School Association of D.C. He co-authored a book with the Honorable William T. Coleman Jr., Counsel for the Situation, Brookings Press (2010). He also has authored, The Law of Airline Customer Relations, Hale & Northam (2005) and Mark Twain’s Tale of Today, CreateSpace, (2012), a book about Mark Twain and  politics.


Ambassador C. Steven McGann

Ambassador Steven McGann (ret), is the founder of The Stevenson Group, an international consultancy and global security strategy firm that provides strategic counsel to companies and organizations seeking to expand their operations into the defense/security sector. Formerly a Senior Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Minister-Counselor, Amb. McGann has held several influential positions including United States Ambassador to the Republics of Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, and the Kingdom of Tonga and Tuvalu.

Ambassador McGann was posted twice to the US Mission to the United Nations (USUN) in New York and has engaged with various United Nations agencies. He has also served as the Deputy Commandant and International Affairs Adviser of the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University (NDU). Ambassador McGann is a member of the Board of Trustees at Claremont McKenna College. He is an affiliate of the Center for Australia, New Zealand and, Pacific Studies, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.  Ambassador McGann also serves on the advisory councils of several non-governmental organizations.

Ambassador Sarah E. Mendelson

Ambassador Sarah E. Mendelson is Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and Head of CMU’s Heinz College in DC.  She previously served as the US Representative to the UN’s ECOSOC. There she led on international development, human rights, and humanitarian affairs. Prior to her appointment, she served as a Deputy Assistant Administrator at USAID from 2010-2014 where she was the Agency lead on democracy, human rights, and governance. 

A long time policy entrepreneur, she has spent twenty-five years working on development and human rights as a scholar and a practitioner.  She spent over a decade as a senior adviser and the inaugural director of the Human Rights Initiative at CSIS. She also worked as a senior fellow in CSIS’s Russia and Eurasia Program overseeing focus groups, public opinion surveys, and social marketing campaigns in Russia.  Her current work centers on the Sustainable Development Goals.  At CMU, she co-chairs the University’s Sustainability Initiative. Ambassador Mendelson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the editorial board of International Security.  The author of over 70 scholarly and public policy publications, Ambassador Mendelson received her BA in history from Yale and her PhD in political science from Columbia. 


Ambassador Susan D. Page

Ambassador Susan D. Page possesses deep expertise in international relations, particularly in Africa,  excellent French language skills, and the political, legal and analytical acumen of a Harvard-trained  lawyer – her first career. Page was sworn in as ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan on November 16, 2011. Following her  historic tenure as the first U.S. ambassador to the world’s newest nation, she served as Acting Permanent  Representative to the African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa and Chargé  d’Affaires, a.i., to the U.S. Mission to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and later chaired the  U.S. Government’s multi-agency Security Governance Initiative (SGI) team for Ghana.

Among her  numerous positions in international affairs, Ambassador Page was Special Representative of the  Secretary-General (SRSG) to Haiti, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Rule of Law, Global  Focal Point (GFP) Review Implementation, and Legal and Political Adviser to the Horn of  Africa’s Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Secretariat for Peace in Sudan, where she  co-drafted essential elements of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) for Sudan. In  addition, she was Director of the Rule of Law and Corrections Advisory Unit of the UN Mission in Sudan  (UNMIS), Regional Director for Southern and East Africa at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in  Washington, DC, and senior legal expert in Rwanda and Sudan for the United Nations Development  Programme (UNDP).

Ambassador Page is an elected member of the American Academy of Diplomacy (AAD). She serves as a  board member of Road Scholar, is on the Advisory Council of the United Nations Association of the  National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) and on the Advisory Board of the Kellogg Institute for International  Studies. She is a member of the Association of Black American Ambassadors and numerous other  professional organizations.  In August of 2020, Page joined the faculty at the University of Michigan as Professor of the Practice of  International Diplomacy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy with a concurrent appointment as  Professor from Practice at the University of Michigan Law School. She is also assisting with the growth  of U-M’s Weiser Diplomacy Center. Ambassador Page was a Visiting Professor of the Practice at the  Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame in 2019-2020.  

Originally from the Chicago area, Ambassador Page received her Juris Doctor (JD) from Harvard Law  School, her A.B. in English With High Distinction from the University of Michigan, and Certificates of  Distinction (English) and Merit (Psychology) from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland before  attending law school. She loves learning about other cultures, traveling, and playing euchre.

Thank you to our UN Month Sponsors: 

Diplomatic Leader

Stephen F. Moseley
 

Diplomatic Partner

Ambassador Donald T. Bliss
A. Edward Elmendorf 

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Diplomatic Supporter

Tim Barner and Kathy Guthrie
Larry Cooley and Marina Fening
Ambassador Keith Harper (Ret.)
Ritu Sharma
Richard Seifman
Jill Christianson
Edison W. Dick, Esq. 
 

Diplomatic Friend

Kristen Hecht
Lori Kaplan
Ellen McGovern
Loyce Pace

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Support UN Month

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) is one of the largest and most active chapters of UNA-USA. This Coffee Chat is part of a month-long celebration featuring special programs to celebrate the UN’s first 75 years and discuss what the next 75 should include.

 
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