The National Committee on North Korea is a non-governmental organization of persons with significant expertise in and diverse perspectives on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. NCNK is dedicated to fostering mutual understanding and trust between the governments and peoples of the U.S. and DPRK, facilitating engagement and cooperation, reducing tension, and promoting peace on the Korean Peninsula through education, information-sharing, and relationship-building. NCNK and its members work to build bridges between the U.S. and the DPRK in a wide variety of areas, such as politics, security, economics, business, law, humanitarian needs, human rights, education, culture, science and technology, and natural resources.
The National Committee on North Korea was founded by Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian and development organization, in 2004. The Committee’s staff, which is housed within Mercy Corps, organizes two meetings for its membership annually. Through these meetings and other activities, NCNK works to enhance the effectiveness and impact of U.S. engagement activities with North Korea. Additionally, NCNK staff regularly convene briefings and meetings on issues related to North Korea for policymakers and experts in Washington, DC.
Membership in the National Committee on North Korea is open to those who have a record of consistent principled engagement with North Korea or on issues related to North Korea; who accept the principles of the mission statement; and who are willing to share information and be collaborative. Members must have no direct employment with either the U.S. government or a foreign government, and be a citizen of the United States. Prospective NCNK Members must first be nominated by a current Member; NCNK's Membership Committee meets annually to review and approve nominations.