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UN WEEK 2010
SPONSORS | UN WEEK 2010
AGENDA | UN WEEK 2010
Tues, Oct 19 | Noon-2p
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Auditorium, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Asia’s Growing Crisis:
Floods, Droughts and the
Melting Himalayan Glaciers
The Greater Himalayas, whose glaciers supply
crucial seasonal water flows to some 40 percent
of the world’s population, is a climate change hot
spot. The Tibetan Plateau has experienced a
one-degree Celsius temperature rise in the past
decade alone and more than 40,000 glaciers in
these mountains are in rapid retreat. Grave environmental and human health threats are posed
to regional countries including China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam. The prospect of catastrophic changes in
normal seasonal flows from this Tibetan “water
tower” is real.
Speakers: David Breashears, Executive Director, GlacierWorks. Mountaineer, photographer,
and filmmaker. Syed Iqbal Hasnain, Distinguished
Visiting Fellow, Stimson Center. Chairman of the
Glacier and Climate Change Commission established by the State Government of Sikkim (India).
Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director, Center on USChina Relations, Asia Society. Author of 14 books,
nine of them about China. Moderator: Jennifer L.
Turner, Director of the China Environment Forum,
Woodrow Wilson Center.
Co-hosted by Asia Society and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum
Tues, Oct 19 | 3p-4p | World Learning, 1015 15th St NW, 7th Floor
A Discussion with Carol Bellamy
on Primary Education
In honor of UN Week, World Learning is proud
to host a discussion with Carol Bellamy, board
chair for the Education for All Fast Track Initiative. The Education for All Fast Track Initiative is
a global partnership between donor and developing countries, as well as multilateral institutions
and civil society organizations, to ensure accelerated progress towards the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by
2015. Bellamy previously served as president
and CEO of World Learning, executive director
of the United Nations Children’s Fund and director of the Peace Corps.
The event will feature brief remarks from Bellamy,
followed by a Q&A session moderated by Carol
Jenkins, World Learning senior vice president
for international development and exchange programs. Light refreshments will be served.
Wed, Oct 20 | 10a-Noon | USIP, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1200 17th St, NW
Afghanistan & Pakistan Insurgency:
From Public Perceptions to Insurgent’s
Grievances and Motivations
This event will bring together a distinguished
panel of current USIP grantees to discuss motivations and grievances of the insurgents in Afghanistan and in Pakistan, feasibility and challenges of negotiations with Afghan insurgents,
and the perceptions of Pakistani youth about the
future of their country.
Speakers: Peter Bergen, Co-Director of the Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative, New America Foundation. Matt Waldman, Fellow at the Carr Center for
Human Rights, Kennedy School of Government,
Harvard University. Rebecca Winthrop, Director of
the Center for Universal Education, The Brookings
Institution. Barmak Pazhwak, Senior Program Officer, Grant Program, United States Institute of Peac.
Moderator:Moeed Yusuf, South Asia Advisor, United
States Institute of Peace
AMCHP supports state maternal and
child health programs and provides
national leadership on issues affecting
women and children.
Wed, Oct 20 | 7:30a - 5:15p; Followed by Awards Ceremony & Reception
Washington Hilton Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
75th Anniversary of Title V
Title V is the longest-standing public health legislation in American history and continues
to work to improve the health of women and children. The meeting will bridge the rich
history and successes of the Title V Maternal and Child Health Program with new health
care priorities and ongoing challenges. The spirit and passion of the Nation’s early Maternal and Child Health leaders will be celebrated at the same time that emerging leaders bring new vision and renewed commitment to the planning process for the future.
Online Registration: www.blsmeetings.net/mch75thanniversary
Thurs, Oct 21 | 8a - 4:30pm; Followed by Reception and Awards Celebration
Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St, NW
Looking to the Future:
What are the Opportunities and Challenges
of Health Reform for Improving Maternal
and Child Health?
This one-day meeting co-sponsored by AMCHP and CityMatCH will provide a forum
for public health and health care leaders to assess the impact of health reform on maternal and child health programs. Sessions will be led by policy experts from Washington, DC, and around the country. Meeting registration is $195 and includes all meeting
materials, continental breakfast, lunch and evening reception co-hosted by the Health
Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
RSVP: Online Registration: $195: www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.
Link to their agenda: www.amchp.org/Events/Documents/Health-Reform-MCH-Conference-Program.pdf
Thurs, Oct 21 | 4p-8p | Café Citron, 1343 Connecticut Ave, NW
Happy Hour: drink discounts and prizes
Join the UN Association and The Network of
South Asian Professionals as we celebrate 65
years of United Nations! The event is FREE, but
for each specially designated charity drink you
buy Cafe Citron will donate $1 in support of the
United Nations. There will be a raffle including a fabulous National Geographic gift basket
and subscription. UN Birthday Cupcakes from
Georgetown Cupcake will also be available.
Thurs, Oct 21 | 7-9p | Motion Picture Assoc. of America, 1600 I St NW
An Evening with Jonathan Stack, an Emmy
Award winning and two- time Academy Award
nominated documentary filmmaker
Join us for a screening and discussion with documentary filmmaker Jonathan Stack. During his
20-year career, Jonathan has written, produced
and directed over 25 films and 50 television programs for National Geographic, Discovery, A&E
and PBS. He will present on two of his most
acclaimed films, The Farm: Angola, USA and Liberia: An Uncivil War, and participate in a Q&A
Event sponsored by the International Foundation
for Electoral Systems.
Limited seating: RSVP: www.unanca.org
Fri, Oct 22 | 6-9p | The Institute of World Politics, 1521 16th Street, NW
Movie Night: Charlie Wilson’s War
Charlie Wilson’s War, nominated for 5 Golden
Globe Awards, recounts the true story of U.S.
Congressman “Good Time Charlie” Wilson (TX)
and his partnering with CIA operative Gust Avrakotos and wealthy Texas supporter Joanne Herring to launch Operation Cyclone, a program to
organize and support the Afghan mujahadeen
in their resistence to the Soviet occupation of
Afghanistan. The film is adapted from George
Crile’s 2003 book, Charlie Wilson’s War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation
Prof. Tsagronis teaches National Security Policy Process and Theory and Practice of U.S.
Counterinsurgency at IWP. He is Vice President
for National Security Strategy at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and
previously served as Senior Director for Policy
Implementation and Execution on the National
Sat, Oct 23 | 9:00a 5K Begins; 9:15a Kids Fun Run Begins; 10:45a World Cultures
Festival *Free* | Pennsylvania Ave. at 21st Street, NW
Sister Cities Race & Festival for World Peace
2010 marks our second annual Race & Festival
for World Peace, a 5k run/walk in Washington,
DC. We anticipate more than 1,000 participants.
The finish line features a World Cultures Festival
with music, artistic performances, and food from
an array of sister city countries represented in our
international network. Last year’s event brought
together runners from 17 countries including Ethiopia, Russia, and China. Almost 20% of last year’s
participants were first-time competitive runners.
Come enjoy the festival, fun and food!
Register for the Race (Adults and Children): www.
For more information: www.sister-cities.org/raceforpeace
Sat, Oct 23 | 10a - 9p | Georgetown Cupcake
3301 M Street NW, WDC & 4834 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda MD
The UN was founded on October 24th. What
better way to celebrate than with a UN Birthday
Cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake??? The
UN Birthday cupcakes are available on either
chocolate or madagascar bourbon vanilla. The
UN Birthday cupcake is toped with a white fondant dove carrying a chocolate ganache olive
branch. The proceeds from each cupcake sold
will support the work of the United Nations.
Because of the recent upsurge in popularity of
Georgetown Cupcake, you may wish to avoid the
lines and pre-order your UN Birthday Cupcakes
today at www.georgetowncupcake.com
Sat, Oct 23 | Reception: 5:30p, Dinner: 7:30p | Mott House, 122 Maryland Ave NE
UNA-NCA YPIC Career Dinners: “Deep Dive”
into International Careers
We bet you’ve always wanted to talk to the experts and seasoned professionals in your field.
Maybe you’re looking for advice or the extra motivational push to change careers. No connections, no access? No problem. We have a solution: join the United Nations Association’s Young
Professionals in International Cooperation for
dinner on Saturday, October 23
Ranging from international development to human rights, we’ve arranged five topical dinners
where you’ll have an opportunity to network
with your peers and some of Washington’s top
experts in the chosen field. They’ll tell you their
stories, field questions and offer advice based
on their experiences in the industry. This is an
up close and personal opportunity that you don’t
want to miss.
Sun, Oct 24 | Noon - 4p | National Geographic Courtyard, 1145 17th St NW
UN Day: Celebrating 65 years!
Join us for a FREE international family fun festival in celebration of the 65th Birthday of the
United Nations! Family friendly activities and
crafts will showcase the work of the United Nations. Musicians and dancers will keep your feet
tapping and maybe even teach your family a few
Performers include: Saffron Dance (belly dance
workshop), Nomad Daners and Raqs Jameel
(central Asian dance performance), Grupo Ondas VA Capoeria (Brazilian martial artists), The
Didgeridoo Medicine Man and Company (Australian Aboriginal Music), and Sahara Dance (belly
dance workshop). Details including an updated
performance schedule and activity partners online at www.unanca.org
Sun, Oct 24 | 10a - 5p
National Geographic Courtyard, 1145 17th St NW
Open Exhibit: Sounds & Songs of Life
Long before the advent of iTunes, the musical
instinct ran deep. Wild Music explores evidence
for the biological origins of music through highly
interactive exhibits and exceptional sound experiences, and -- in the process -- expands our understandings of what makes music. With its multicultural content, careful attention to accessibility, and
rich menu of public programs and performances,
Wild Music offers broad appeal for diverse, intergenerational audiences. No Admission Costs.
Sun, Oct 24 | 2:30p-5p | UMBC, Shriver Center, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD
Impact of Global Warming on Development
Come engage in a discussion on the impact of global warming on the Millennium Development Goals.
We will specifically be focusing on food security,
environmentally friendly industrial development,
energy use and the empowerment of women in areas of public health, family planning and economic
development. From these breakout sessions you
will find out more on possible ways to achieve the
MDGs and alleviate the effects of global warming.
Mon, Oct 25 | 5-7p | Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant, 2432 18th St. NW
Discussion on Ethiopia’s Access to Clean Water
A dynamic panel of UN Affiliates and private sector companies illustrate the past, present and
future of the booming Ethiopian tourism industry
and need to secure attainable water quality and
sanitation standards across the nation.
Speakers: Yodit Negede, Program Manager, Geoscope Environmental Laboratories; Chris Williams,
Washington Representative for UN-Habitat; Lydia
Kwawu, Africa Committee Director, United Nations
Association – NCA; Jonathan Tadese, Federal Government System Integration Consultant, Deloitte
Come join us from 5 – 6pm for a Cocktail Hour
with a 2 for 1 drink special. As well, enjoy a 25%
discount on your dinner at this event.
Space is limited: RSVP: www.unanca.org
Tues, Oct 26 | 7p-9p
Howard Univ. Hospital Auditorium, 2041 Georgia Avenue, NW
Panel Discussion: Combating HIV/ Global AIDS
The DC League of Women Voters and Howard
University Hospital with the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA)
present a United Nations Day program on UN
Millenium Development Goal #6: Combatting
Featuring distinguished panelists followed by Q
& A: Carol Jenkins, Vice President of International Development, World Learning Organization; Pauline Muchina, PhD., Senior Partnership
Advisor, UNAIDS; Walter Smith, DC Appleseed;
Lisa Fitzpatrick, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Howard University
Refreshments will be served.
Wed, Oct 27 | 6p-8p | National Geographic, Second Floor, 1600 M St, NW
Movie Night with the Director:
16 Blades of Grass
Spend an evening with Director/Producer Sweta Vohra while we screen her film 16 Blades of
Grass which describes the importance of rural
education. Sweta follows the inspirational journey of Naina, Niru and their boarding school
classmates in Gujarat, India. As these 16 tenthgrade girls prepare for the crucial board examinations that will largely determine their futures,
they must battle with a myriad of feelings, including fear and doubt. Q&A to follow.
Thurs, Oct 28 | 6p-9p | NEA Auditorium and Atrium, 1201 16th Street, NW
Celebration of Andy Rice
and His Commitment to Global Education
A tribute to Andy Rice by friends and colleagues.
A dialogue about the Millennium Development
Goals (MDGs) with Esther Brimmer, Assistant
Secretary of State for International Organization
Affairs. Gillian Sorensen, Senior Advisor, United
Nations Foundation. Presentation of the first Andrew E. Rice Award to a lead NGO for advancing
Making a World of Difference
UNA-NCA is a non profit organization, serving the greater Washington area, that builds support
for the United Nations through local education and advocacy.
We envision a world in which humanity is spared the scourge of war, human rights are honored, the natural environment is protected, and the United States is a constructive member of
the United Nations for the well-being of all humanity.
With the help of over 3,000 members, volunteers, and supporters in the greater Washington
area, UNA-NCA works to build public knowledge, strengthen UN-US relations, and aid the UN
in achieving its goals.
• Advocacy: We meet with members of Congress and their staff to push for the ratification of essential treaties and resolutions. Our advocacy efforts focus on increasing
government support for peacekeeping and assistance related to the UN’s Millennium
• Education: Our Global Classrooms®, Washington, DC program educates over 500
students at local middle and high schools about global issues and organizes the Annual
Model UN Conference. On a university level, the Fellows program offers graduate students
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• Networking: Committee meetings, happy hour socials, mentoring, and local events
are just a small sample of how UNA-NCA brings together Washington DC residents with
shared interests and goals. Our Young Professionals for International Cooperation(YPIC)
program is a great place to gain career experience and connect with others in the industry.
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