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30 January 2019

Migration, Governance and Sustainable Development in Central America

Over the course of the present year, the United States has been confronting a migration crisis at its border with Mexico. This migration crisis is not new to the United States, as it has been rooted in complex development, peace and security challenges in Central America during the last two decades. Recent media outlets and policy discussions in the U.S. Nation’s Capital have followed closely a caravan of an estimated 7,000 migrants, including many families and women with children, originated in Central America, making its way through Mexico towards the United States.  Though previous administrations have intended to address the underlying causes of Central America’s migration by policy instruments, such as the so called Alliance for Prosperity, U.S. policy interventions have failed to address the root causes of migration: violence, insecurity, corruption and lack of employment, education and business opportunities. With the aim to generate multi-stakeholder dialogues in the Washington, DC community to strengthen the U.S. response to the root causes of Central America’s migration, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) is pleased to present two panels addressing migration, security and sustainable development in the Central American region.

Moderator: Michael Camilleri, Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, the Inter-American Dialogue

Dr. Claudia Escobar, 2017-2018 Centennial Fellow, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University—Former Magistrate of the Court of Appeals of Guatemala.
Juan Gonzalez, Associate Vice-President, the Latin America Practice, the Cohen Group—Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Jason Marczak, Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, the Atlantic Council

Seynabou Sakho, Director, Central America, World Bank Group

Closing Remarks: Sergio Martinez, Co-Chair, Sustainable Development Committee, UNA-NCA

When: Wednesday, January 30th from 5:30 to 8 pm
Where: InterAction (1400 16th Street NW, #210, Washington, DC 20036).
Cost: Members & Students*: FREE | Non-Members: $5 
*Students, please email unanca@unanca.org from your .edu account to redeem the discount code.

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06 December 2018

2018 Human Rights Awards


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In honor of the 70th 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 6, 2018
Reception at 5:15 pm
Program runs from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
National Education Association, 1201 16th St. NW, Washington DC, 20036

This year's honorees are:

Adama Dieng,
UN Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide

Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award 

Ambassador Robert R. King, 
Former U.S. Special Envoy for Human Rights in North Korea

 F. Allen "Tex" Harris Diplomacy Award  

Karen Mulhauser
UNA-NCA Past President and UNA-USA Past National Council Chair

Perdita Huston Human Rights Award 

Empower DC
UNA-NCA Community Human Rights Award 

Regular Admission Tickets

Young Professional/Student Member: $50
Non-Member Young Professional/Student*: $70 

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

*Students under the age of 25 are eligible for free UNA-NCA membership
**Non-member tickets include UNA-NCA membership

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View Sponsorship opportunities here!  Contact our Executive Director, Paula Boland at paula@unanca.org with any questions about sponsorship.

29 October 2018

UN Day Celebration

"Children in the Digital World," with UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore

Thank you for your interest in our UN Day Celebration.  Unfortuantely, registration has now closed.  We do apprecaite your interest, but all guests must be registered in advance to attend.

For security reasons, registration is required.  Guests who have not received a registration confirmation will not be allowed into the event.


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Due to high interest in the event and limited capacity, we will be offering an overflow room with a livestream of the event.  Access to the main room will be given on a first come, first served basis.  Reserved seating will be provided to speakers, partners, and sponsors.
The UN Association of the National Capital Area and the Embassy of Italy to the U.S. Digital Diplomacy Series and the UN Information Centre, invite you to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the United Nations with a special program featuring The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director, Henrietta H. Fore for a discussion on "Children in the Digital World."  Joining Ms. Fore will be Dr. Robert C. Orr, Dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, for a discussion moderated by Suzanne Kianpour, BBC Foreign Affairs Correspondent.  Opening remarks will be presented by UNA-NCA President, Stephen F. Moseley, and Ambassador of Italy to the U.S., Armando Varricchio.

October 29, 2018 
Doors open at 5:30 - Program begins at 6:00 p.m. - Reception at 7:30 p.m.

The Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Cost: Free, but registration is required!
This event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $35.00.  You can complete this donation through our donation page, or by sending a check to The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, 2000 P Street NW, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036

View Sponsorship opportunities here!  Contact our Executive Director, Paula Boland at paula@unanca.org with any questions about sponsorship.

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Keynote speaker:

The Honorable Henrietta H. Fore
Executive Director of UNICEF

Panel Featuring:

Dr. Robert C. Orr
Dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and former UN Under Secretary General

Moderated by:

Suzanne Kianpour
BBC Foreign Affairs and Political Journalist & Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service Fellow

20 October 2018

Fall 2018 Young Professionals' Career Dinners in UN Agencies

On Saturday, October 20, 2018, UNA-NCA invites students and young professionals to participate in its semi-annual Young Professionals' Career Dinner series.
This signature event is an opportunity for young people to discuss global career paths and network with experienced professionals in their fields of interest. The Fall 2018 Career Dinner Series will kick off with a networking reception where participants and speakers will have the chance to meet and swap business cards. 

Saturday, October 20, 2018
5:00 pm Networking Reception
7:00 pm Dinner 

United Nations Foundation
1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006 

$45 $35 for members (*Students under the age of 25 are eligible for this price)
$55 $45 for non-members 
$65 $55 for non-members with UNA-NCA membership 

Kevin Cassidy
, Director of the International Labour Organization

Professional speakers in each of these topics will offer career advice and guidance, and share personal stories of experience in their particular fields. Attendees are encouraged to ask specific or general questions about the field and engage in conversation in a uniquely intimate and comfortable setting. 

To register, please click on the dinner topic you are interested in.

Each dinner has its own length of program. Please be advised that you are only allowed to register for one dinner. 
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11 October 2018

Tweaks or Transformation? New Models and Strategies for Tackling Global Challenges

OCTOBER 11, 2018 | 12:30 PM- 2:30 PM 


Stimson Center, UNA National Capital Area, and the Global Challenges Foundation (GCF) are co-hosting a public discussion on the future of global governance. The aim is to reflect on lessons learned from previous reform, innovation, and renewal efforts, to draw attention to new initiatives, and to demonstrate ways that those interested in contributing to reform can become engaged in the movement.  The GCF supports risk awareness and facilitates governance innovation aimed at mitigating global catastrophic risks.

What: A public discussion on the future of global governance. This event is on-the-record.

Where: The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington DC, 20036

When: Thursday, 11 October, from 12:30 - 2:30 pm. A light lunch will be served from 12 noon.

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Brian Finlay, President and CEO, The Stimson Center (Welcome)

Fredrik Karlsson, Executive Director, Global Challenges Foundation (Introduction of the Global Challenges Foundation and New Shape Process)

Panel Discussion With:

Bruce jones, Vice-President and Director of the Foreign Policy Program, Brookings

Augusto Lopez-Carlos, Senior Fellow, Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (on leave from the World Bank)

Brett Schaefer, Jay Kingham Senior Research Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs, The Heritage Foundation

Kate Sullivan, Head of Partnerships, Global Challenges Foundation

Megan Roberts, Deputy Director for Policy Planning, United Nations Foundation (co-moderator)

Richard Ponzio, Director, Just Security 2020 Program and co-chair, UNA-NCA Peace & Security Committee, The Stimson Center (co-moderator).

This panel is being held in partnership with The Stimson Center and the Global Challenges Foundation (GCF).

11 October 2018

Eleanor Roosevelt Happy Hour


Join UNA-NCA's Human Rights Committee and the Young Professionals Program for a happy hour in honor of Eleanor Roosevelt!

Come take a photo with Eleanor Roosevelt during a happy hour celebrating her birthday, the International Day of the Girl, the 73rd Anniversary of the UN and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Joining us will be special guests from the U.S. Committee on UN Women.  Dress up, dress down but come celebrate these signature achievements! This is a great opportunity to meet members, volunteers, and staff from UNA-NCA, as well as other DC folks interested in hot topics in international affairs, and get involved with issues you are passionate about! 

 Thursday, October 11; 5:30 - 8:30 pm 

The Eleanor, 100 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Cost: Free 

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17 September 2018

Save the Dates for an Exciting Fall!

Save the Dates for an Exciting Fall!
Thursday, October 11 - Eleanor Roosevelt Birthday Happy Hour at The Eleanor DC
Come join UNA-NCA to celebrate the birthday of Eleanor Roosevelt and the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights! 
Saturday, October 20 - Young Professionals Fall Career Dinner Series
UNA-NCA Young Professionals will host their signature Fall Career Dinner Series at the UN Foundation on Saturday October 20th.  This semi-annual series will focus on Careers in UN agencies.
Thursday, December 6 - Human Rights Awards Reception
Join us at the National Education Association to celebrate individuals and organizations who have dedicated their lives to the improvement of human rights. 

13 September 2018

Russia and Human Rights in the United Nations

Join UNA-NCA's Human Rights Committee for Russia and Human Rights in the United Nations. In addition to focusing on the actions and inactions of the UN Human Rights Council in addressing human rights in Russia, there will also be a focus on the impact of Russia on the treatment of human rights by the United Nations – in development of the UN’s Human Rights Council and the UN’s human rights actions and inactions concerning individual countries with a tie to Sustainable Development Goal #16: Peace and Justice. With an exciting list of expert panelists and moderation by Doug Wake, lead author of UNA-NCA's recent four-part background paper on the subject: Read Part I here, Part II here, Part III here, and Part IV here.

When: Thursday, September 13th, 2018 from 5:30-8PM
Where: American Jewish Committee (The address in Northwest Washington, DC will be provided upon registration.  Their office is just a few blocks from Farragut North or McPherson Square Metro Stations)
Cost: Free

*Students, please email unanca@unanca.org to redeem the discount code.

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