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13 June 2013

Student Leader Eliisa Carter Shares Her Global Classrooms Model UN Experience

GCDC has given student leaders like Carter a wider worldview 

On May 7th Eliisa Carter, a senior at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, MD enacted the role of Secretary-General at the annual Global Classrooms Spring Model UN Conference.  Eliisa, a senior at Einstein, has been an active Model UN participant throughout high school, interning with Global Classrooms DC and even founding her school's first Model UN club.  These various roles have helped give her “an array of viewpoints” that have enriched her interests, ranging from history to international affairs.  “[It] reinforced my knowledge that Model UN is a wonderful educational experience that any student should try!”

“I am so honored that I was chosen as Secretary-General,” Carter shares of her conference experience. “Giving a speech to hundreds of people at the State Department really showed me that I grew up so much from the time I started at Global Classrooms, and that Model UN has helped me grow tremendously."  Eliisa also participated in the committee on climate change on May 7th, concluding that "there was a sense of camaraderie among the delegates in my committee, which indicates that the delegates this year respected one another and had a great time!"

Learn more about Carter’s experiences through this brief video, produced by the U.S. Department of State's International Organizations Bureau.

15 May 2013

Local Students Propose Global Solutions

GCDC Spring Model UN Conference a Success

SAfricaOn May 7th, over 600 middle and high school students, coming from 30 different schools in DC, Virginia, Maryland, and even Ghana made their way through security at the U.S. Department of State. All were gathering for UNA-NCA’s 10th annual Global Classrooms DC Spring Model UN Conference at the U.S. Department of State and Pan American Health Organization.

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, GCDC4Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources, gave the keynote address at the Opening Ceremonies and spoke to the students about the importance of developing a global mindset at an early age.  Senator Timothy Wirth, Vice Chair of the United Nations Foundation, introduced Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and encouraged students to reflect on the historical importance of the U.S. Department of State and to feel a part of history while they were there.

This year’s Secretary-General was Eliisa Carter, a senior at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, MD.  Eliisa officially opened the conference with the bang of the gavel and gave brief remarks, encouraging students to learn from their Model UN experiences and have fun.  Students then headed to their separate committees where they debated topics like Climate Change, Child Marriage, Cyber Security, and the Situation in Syria, and worked together to pass resolutions. 
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10 May 2013

Cyberthreats and the Use of Force: International and Domestic Standards

Summary of the UNA-NCA and ASIL Panel

Is the UN Charter and international law actually a deterrent to cyber-warfare or just "legal window-dressing"? This was the issue put to a packed audience on Wednesday, April 17th at a meeting on Cyberthreats and the Use of Force, the first of three programs on The UN, International Law and the Use of Force held at the Tiller House, headquarters of ASIL on Sheridan Circle, in Washington, D.C.. The series is co-sponsored by UNA-NCA and the American Society of International Law (ASIL).

The panel included the following members:

  • Moderator: Frank J. Cilloffo, Director, George Washington University's Homeland Security Program
  • Prof. Catherine Lotrionte, Director of Georgetown University's Cyber Project and former Counsel to the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
  • Stewart Baker, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, former Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Col. Garry D. Brown, USAF, Ret., Deputy Legal Advisor, International Red Cross and former staff judge advocate for U.S. Cyber Command
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10 April 2013

Rice Award for Young Professionals

Presented by the Society for International Development-Washington

Are you, or do you know, a young development professional between 18 - 30 who has made a difference in the development community?

Then apply by April 20th to the Rice Award - a $1,000 prize presented during the SID-Washington 2013 Annual Conference on June 6, 2013.

Check the SID-Washington website for more information.
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09 April 2013

Around the World Embassy Tour

PassportDC-RGBThe Passport DC Around the World Embassy Tour will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 10am-4pm involving 44 non-European Union embassies who will open their doors so the public can experience international DC. Admission is free with no required reservations, and complimentary shuttle services are provided from 10am-4pm. 

Photo ID may be required for some Embassies. More information about the program and participating embassies can be found at www.passportdc.org. This event is sponsored by Cultural Tourism DC and is a part of UNA-NCA's collaboration in the Greater DC: Going Global Collaborative.

08 April 2013

Helen Clark, Administrator for UNDP, Speaking at USIP on April 18

Helen Clark, Administrator for the United Nations Development Programme, will be speaking on "Disaster Risk Reduction and Conflict Prevention" at the U.S. Institute of Peace on April 18, 2013. The topic will be considered in the framework of the current discussions at the United Nations on the new set of development priorities for the post-2015 revision of its Millennium Development Goals. USIP's Center of Innovation for Science, Technology & Peacebuilding and the National Academy of Engineering are co-sponsoring the discussion. The event is open to the public. For more information and to register, please visit the USIP website.

08 April 2013

UNA-NCA Fellows Featured in GMU News

Last month, an article in George Mason University (GMU) News featured six GMU graduate students currently in the UNA-NCA Fellows Program. The fellows praised the unique opportunities and real-world experience that they have gained through the UNA-NCA Fellows Program. "The internship provides the platform and opportunity to work under the UN system and develop practical understanding of how the United Nations works," said Mark Jeffrey, one of the current UNA-NCA Fellows.

The UNA-NCA Fellows Program is an opportunity for Washington area graduate students to build strong professional and academic skills through relevant internship experiences and a series of 10 seminars on global issues and the United Nations.
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27 March 2013

Greater DC: Going Global Collaborative

UNA-NCA Teams Up with Local Organizations for DC Youth


Pepco Holdings has convened the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Cultural Tourism DC, and the YWCA of the National Capital Area as founding partners of a collaborative that will provide a strong cultural and international program for youth from the National Capital Area. The Greater DC: Going Global Collaborative will expose youth to arts, culture, current international issues, the diplomatic corps, and Model United Nations, preparing District youth to become citizens of this ever-changing world.
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