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31 March 2020

POSTPONED - Refugee & Immigration Town Hall

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus situation, this event has been POSTPONED until further notice.


The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, in partnership with the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) and Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA), will hold a Refugee Town Hall on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 from 7 – 8:30 pm. Hosted by St. John’s Episcopal Church, Norwood Parish in Bethesda-Chevy Chase, MD, this forum will feature national speakers discussing current issues in the refugee debate – the aftermath of successful legal action against the Administration’s state/local consent in refugee resettlement, status of Afghan Special Immigrant Visas (SIV), and other issues impacting refugee resettlement and immigration.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), in whose district the forum will be held, has been invited to give the Congressional perspective on refugee issues and to receive an award for Service Leadership in Congress on refugee issues, particularly appropriations for additional Afghan SIVs. He will be joined by former U.S. Ambassador and St. John’s Deacon and Community Life Coordinator the Rev. Anne Derse who will welcome attendees to her parish.

*The Town Hall is co-sponsored by LIRS & LSSNCA.
**The event is free but we ask for you to please RSVP with John Murphy, advocacy associate, at advocacy@lssnca.org.

Register here!

24 March 2020

POSTPONED - The United Nations and Human Rights in Washington, DC

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus situation, this event has been POSTPONED until further notice.

UNA-NCA offers new opportunities for UNA members and friends to participate in the fight for Human Rights in DC. Start by joining us at “The United Nations and Human Rights in Washington DC” – a public forum on March 24, at 5:30 PM sponsored by UNA-NCA and its partners in the International Human Rights Law Clinic at The George Washington University Law School and the DC Human Rights City Alliance.  Doors open at the GWU Law School Faculty Lounge at 5:30 PM, for networking and snacks. The program begins at 6:00 PM.

The March 24 forum is but one of a series of activities organized by UNA-NCA’s Human Rights Committee on the occasion of the 2020 Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United States performance on human rights by the UN’s Human Rights Council. Since the summer of 2019, the UNA-NCA Human Rights Committee, with its partners, has organized a survey of DC residents on human rights issues that concern them in their lives, held grassroots roundtable discussions, prepared shadow reports as NGO submissions for the UN Human Rights Council for the United States UPR, and organized Embassy Visits in Washington by UNA-NCA volunteers and partners to present the UNA-NCA findings and recommendations to UN Member States for possible submission to the United States.   Join us on March 24, and engage with UNA-NCA and its partners in the fight for human rights in DC and around the world.

Where: Faculty Lounge, The George Washington University Law School, 2000 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20052
Cost: Free, but registration is required.

Learn more about UNA-NCA's UPR efforts here.

Registration will open shortly!

10 March 2020

2020 Call for Nominations for UNA-NCA Officer and At-large Positions

According to Article IX of UNA-NCA’s bylaws, the Governance Committee of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) will constitute itself in a Nominating Committee from time to time. The Nominating Committee, chaired by Vice President for Communications Sultana Ali, wishes to invite UNA-NCA members to submit names of candidates, including themselves, for vacant officer and at-large positions on the UNA-NCA Board of Directors.
The UNA-NCA's bylaws stipulate that each member who has been in good standing for the preceding year should be given the opportunity to submit the name of any member in good standing for nomination for any vacant office or for membership on the Board of Directors.

We invite your suggestions for nominees for the positions listed below. Names and a 100-word statement of the nominee's qualifications should be submitted by close of business on March 10, 2020 via email to Sali@unanca.org or via fax at 202-223-6096.

Because UNA-NCA intentionally does not elect all its officers at the same time, there are many positions in which the incumbent is either completing a term or can remain in office for another term if re-elected. The Governance Committee seeks candidates that include, but are not limited to, stakeholders from corporate, philanthropic, government, foreign policy, international relations and academic leadership. The committee also seeks nominees that will help enhance the board’s reflection of key diversity dimensions, including race, age, gender, education, socioeconomic class, and geographic region.

After consideration by the Nominating Committee, the election results will be presented at the Annual Membership Meeting on June 5th at the UN Foundation.

Officers (two-year term):

Board Chair-elect*
Chair, Advisory Council
Vice President, Advocacy
Vice President and Secretary
Student Representative (one-year term)
Members-at-large of the Board of Directors (three-year term)
Four open positions.

The Officers UNA-NCA Executive Committee meet every other month and are expected to commit 5-10 hours a week to the organization. The Officers and Directors at large are expected to participate in Board of Directors meetings (minimum of four per year).

According to the bylaws, Board members define strategic directions for UNA-NCA, to fulfill financial and managerial oversight responsibilities, to volunteer time to UNA-NCA Committees, to recruit members, to help to identify new funding sources, to assist in fundraising, and to make annual gifts that represent significant and meaningful commitment, with full appreciation for the person's financial ability and other obligations.
The Board adopted an annual contribution policy of $500 ($200 from each Board member and $300 “give or get”). The policy enables every Board member to be recognized as a Global Citizen in the UNA-NCA Annual Report. Board participation and compliance with this policy will be taken into account by the Governance Committee during this year’s nomination process.

If you have any questions about the positions vacant please do not hesitate to contact Nominating Committee Chair Sultana Ali at Sali@unanca.org, and Executive Director Paula Boland at paula@unanca.org or at 202.223.6092.

*Concurrent with the 2020 Ballot for election of vacant Officer and Board-at-large positions, the UNA-NCA membership in good standing will be presented with By-law changes recommended by the Board of Directors, which will shift the leadership of UNA-NCA to have a Board Chair and President in place of having a President and Executive Executive Director

02 February 2020

UNA-NCA Young Professionals Board of Directors Position Openings - 2019

Come join the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, UNA-NCA, a nonprofit organization serving the greater Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas. With the help of over 5,000 members, volunteers, and supporters in the greater Washington area, UNA-NCA works to build public knowledge of the UN, strengthen UN-US relations, and aid the UN in achieving its goals. 

The UNA-NCA Young Professionals (YP) program cultivates future globally minded leaders in international affairs, spanning nonprofits and the public and private sectors through professional development programming and leadership and mentorship opportunities. The team develops international-affairs oriented educational and advocacy programs that will help DC-area young professionals further their knowledge of pressing international issues, dedicate themselves to making a change in the world, and take a step towards becoming future global leaders. 
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01 February 2020

Seeking VA, MD, and DC Hub Coordinator(s) for Advocacy Committee


Interest should be expressed to Advocacy Associate Shayna Vayser via shayna@unanca.org, with subject line "Advocacy Committee Hub Coordinator", along with the submission of this form.

Hub Coordinator(s)* will:
1) Recruit UNA-NCA members in VA and MD Congressional districts.  UNA-NCA’s footprint includes all of DC and Maryland, and the following parts of Northern Virginia:

· Congressional Districts: Northern Virginia is part of the 1st, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th congressional districts. These districts also span into other areas further south of Virginia.

· Counties: Caroline, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudon, Prince William, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, Stafford.

· Independent Cities: Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

2) Develop small Congressional “networks” primarily for Digital advocacy. For instance; two or three UNA-NCA members per network for the respective Hubs.

3) Respond (Hubs/Networks) to VP Advocacy and Advocacy Associate calls for action.

4) Provide feedback to VP Advocacy, Advocacy Associate, and in some cases, other UNA-NCA staff.

5) Check Advocacy webpage and UNE weekly for timely messaging and alert respective “networks”: VA, MD and, in some cases, DC.

6) Report follow-up from Congressional offices (including requests) to Advocacy Associate, VP Advocacy.

7) Communicate with "networks" about Advocacy Training and other UNA-NCA events and programs.


Prefer TWO members per Hub Role for VA, MD, and DC -- for “backup” purposes.

29 January 2020

The Future of Multilateral Peacebuilding

A Conversation with U.N. Undersecretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo

In an era of rapid technological change and fraying traditional alliances, the international order that has overseen one of the most peaceful periods in human history is facing unprecedented challenges. While member states grapple with the utility and relevance of the United Nations in the 21st century, global fragility, conflict, and violence continue to escalate—exacting an enormous human toll. The imperative for collective global action to resolve the world’s most intractable conflicts has never been greater.

In light of these trends, it’s critical that the community of actors committed to global peace and security take stock of the successes, challenges, and innovations in multilateral conflict prevention, mediation, and peacebuilding. 

Join USIP, The Stimson Center, Alliance for Peacebuilding, and the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area for a timely discussion on the future of the multilateral system and the potential for practical, innovative reform with U.N. Undersecretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo, the highest-ranking American currently serving at the United Nations and the first woman to hold the position. As a precursor to the U.N.’s 75th anniversary in 2020, this event will consider how the U.N. has modernized its conflict prevention and management resources to address the changing nature of conflict; how reforms of the U.N.’s political and peacebuilding architecture have improved its effectiveness, as well as what steps are still needed; and what practical actions U.S. and international policymakers can take to support more durable multilateral peacebuilding efforts.

Where: U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
Cost: Free, but registration is required

Register here!


9:30am – 10:00am: Refreshments

10:00am – 10:10am: Welcome Remarks and Introduction by The Honorable Nancy Lindborg, President & CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace

10:10am – 10:30am: Keynote Address by  Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, Undersecretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations

10:30am – 11:50am: Facilitated Panel Discussion with Undersecretary-General DiCarlo, featuring:
  • Ambassador George Moose (moderator), Vice Chairman of the Board, U.S. Institute of Peace; Advisory Council Member, United Nations Association of the National Capital Area
  • Ms. Victoria Holt, Vice President, Stimson Center
  • The Honorable Nancy Lindborg, moderator, President & CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Ms. Uzra Zeya, President & CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding
    • Ambassador Lynn Pascoe, Board Member, UNA-NCA; Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Politial Affairs

    11:50am – 12:00pm: Closing Remarks
    Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo
    • Undersecretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations

      Register here!

  • 23 January 2020

    Strategies for Investing in Africa’s Public Health Preparedness


    Date: January 23, 2020
    Time: 6:00-7:45 p.m.
    Location: Georgetown University School of Law, McDonough Hall, Room 206, 600 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
    Cost: Free

    Register here!

    Join UNA-NCA in partnership with the O'Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law for a panel discussion concerning "Strategies for Investing in Africa's Public Health Preparedness."

    Panelists Include:
    Public health challenges particularly in Africa, are a direct result of the continuing impact of non-communicable and communicable diseases adding to the daunting challenges of health systems strengthening facing the Continent. Thus, the purpose of this year’s forum  will be to discuss and share the role that academia, private sector organizations and the Non-governmental community can play in building public health preparedness capacities in Africa.

    The purpose of this Forum will be to explore strategies that we can invest in Africa’s health workers, healthcare and social services infrastructure, logistics, surveillance and health information systems. We’re hopeful that the expected outcome of this event will be a Diaspora strategy to include further policy recommendations for the UN & U.S. Administrations and the African Union.

    Register here!

    19 December 2019

    Support UNA-NCA Through The World Bank Community Connections Campaign


    Donate Online Now


    In anticipation of the November 4 CCC launch, an email from noreply@benevity.org was sent to past FY19 CCC donors and 1818 Society members describing how to log into the new pledging system. If you did not receive the launch email, click here and submit your contact information. You should then receive your launch email within a few days’ time.

    The CCC Benevity pledge site has all the information you need to make your pledge. Your personal Dashboard appears when you first log onto the pledging system. There is a “How to Pledge” video on the Dashboard – next to the “Donate Now” button. You may also click here to download step-by-step instructions.

    There is no limit on how much you can pledge to CCC organizations for the FY20 CCC, but the WBG has capped the corporate match at $25,000 per donor.

    Credit card donations are charged a fee by the credit card merchant (2.4% plus a $0.30 transaction fee) which is taken out of the pledge before being disbursed to the NGO.


    Unlike previous CCCs, donations by check, stocks, or bonds go directly to UNA-NCA, not via WBCCF. The WBG must therefore receive proof that the donations have been made, and that they have happened during the FY20 campaign period – i.e., between November 4 and December 19, 2019. Proofs of such donations must be uploaded to the CCC Benevity site by December 19th at the latest.

    Click below for additional instructions for each type of donation:

    If you have further questions, please download a copy of the WBCCC FAQ, send an email to comoutreach@worldbank.org, or contact UNA-NCA Development Associate Lyndsie Whitehead at lyndsie@unanca.org.

    You may also contact support@benevity.org for help with specific pledging questions or issues.

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