United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA – NCA) — Leading the Way in Global Environmental Education & International Understanding [10.29.2017]


  • Guest 1Paula Boland, Executive Director; United Nations Association – National Capital Area (UNA – NCA)
  • Guest 2, Stephen F. Moseley, President, United Nations Association – National Capital Area (UNA – NCA) and (Former) Chair of the UNA-NCA Advisory Council and Co-Chair of its Task Force on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2015 to 2030
  • Guest 3Nicole Bohannon, Managing Director, Global Classrooms DC (GCDC), United Nations Association – National Capital Area (UNA – NCA)
  • Guest 4, Samantha Brew, Global Classrooms Alumni, Global Classrooms DC (GCDC), United Nations Association – National Capital Area (UNA – NCA)

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Program Summary:

The EmeraldPlanet weekly television programs are broadcast and distributed via Channel 10 TV in Fairfax, Virginia USA. The EmeraldPlanet TV programs are available to view on our website, YouTube, UStream TV, and social media around the world. The Emerald Trek and companion The Emerald Mini-Treks are identifying the 1,000 “best practices” on location from the 143 nations, 750 cities, and 50,000 communities by Internet TV, local television stations, main stream media outlets, YouTube, Facebook, The EmeraldPlanet Meetup, Twitter, among other social media networks, and all manner of print media.

The EmeraldPlanet TV is broadcasting weekly a number of the “best practices which are identified through collaboration with:  major non-governmental organizations (NGOs); United Nations, universities and colleges; research institutes; government ministries and agencies; Embassies; banking and micro-lending organizations; Chambers of Commerce; World Trade Centers, international bodies such as The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), citizens groups; multimedia organizations; among others by utilizing the most advanced broadcasting hardware and software along with an outstanding television Production Crew to reach an ever expanding global audience. The Emerald Trek is focused upon linking principals identified among the 1,000 ‘best practices’ in the 143 nations being visited through this world-wide movement. The Emerald Trek is encompassing over 300,000 miles, visiting 750 major cities, and 50,000 suburban and rural communities in the identified nations.

Program overview

Established in 1953, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) is one of the oldest and largest chapters of the United Nations Association of the USA. Serving over 1,200 members in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia, UNA-NCA strives to increase public understanding and support of the United Nations; encourage constructive US leadership in strengthening the United Nations; and prepare present and future leaders to work for a better world, both globally and locally.

UNA-NCA carries out its mission by: Empowering the next generation of global leaders through Model United Nations Established in 2003, Global Classrooms® DC (GCDC) is the flagship education program of UNA-NCA. Through original global education curriculum and Model UN mini-simulations, GCDC helps prepare globally aware citizens, educates students grades 5-12 on international issues and the work of the United Nations, while strengthening key skills including public speaking, negotiation, and writing. GCDC also organizes professional development workshops and two Model UN Conferences including the Annual Spring Model UN Conference at the U.S. Department of State and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington DC.

The organization is bringing professional development opportunities to students and young professionals.  Nearly 50% of UNA-NCA membership is comprised by young professionals and students. UNA-NCA provides a unique forum for learning about international issues and professional development and mentoring opportunities. The International Career Dinner Series engage bring top professionals who will share their stories, answer questions, and offer advice.

Building on the successful community consultations held in Washington and Baltimore on the Post 2015 development agenda, UNA-NCA has been hosting programs on the work of specialized agencies and reaching out to new audiences about the Global Goals and promote its potential application and relevance both locally and globally promoting the work of UN agencies and the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

UNA-NCA’s Graduate Fellows Program attracts fellows from around the world. The course focused on the newly adopted Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Fellows gained valuable knowledge from international affairs and development experts, including a US climate advisor.  Each December UNA-NCA hosts its

Human Rights Awards Reception commemorating the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by honoring individuals and organizations that have made substantial contributions in the field of human rights, globally and locally.

UNA-NCA created a committee to support citywide legislation that embraces the principles of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). UNA-NCA’s DC for CEDAW got the support of several organizations.

Thank you Happy, Production Crew, Program Team, and volunteers for your outstanding commitment, dedication, and goodwill as we create The EmeraldPlanet… 
Tune in and learn from our outstanding guests and Dr. Sam Hancock, Director and Host of The EmeraldPlanet television productions at 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. (Eastern); 5:30 – 6:30 P.M. (Central); 4:30 – 5:30 P.M. (Western); and 3:30 – 4:30 P.M. (Pacific) time zones.