The mission of the World Affairs Council of Northern California is to explore issues and opportunities that transcend borders.

Member Open House

Please join us on Wednesday, April 16 for our Spring 2014 Member Open House, a unique opportunity to explore everything the Council has to offer.

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Remarks by His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland

On the occasion of Earth Day 2014, the World Affairs Council and the Commonwealth Club are delighted to host the President of Iceland to speak about the impact of climate change on the Arctic and how affected nations must address the ensuing challenges.

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2014 Student Ambassador Global Issues Fair


Come learn about the Student Ambassadors and their global issue projects.

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Global Poverty: What Everyone Needs To Know


More than one billion people live in abject poverty today. Thomas Nazario, founder of The Forgotten International, will discuss these "forgotten people of the world" and what can be done to solve global poverty.

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A Conversation with Helene Gayle


For more than 50 years, CARE has been serving individuals and families in the world's poorest communities. President and CEO Helene Gayle will discuss her experiences with CARE and in the fields of public health and international development. This event will be livestreamed.

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