QUNO History

QUNO History

We are privileged to carry forward the Quaker traditions of patient, quiet diplomacy at the United Nations, working for a more peaceful and just world. The strength of QUNO’s work lies in our long term persistence. Through perseverance, we have helped to change attitudes, create new understandings, and develop new standards.

Resources & Publications

April 2016

2016 Holley Lecture in Applied Ethics

On April 26, 2016, Andrew Tomlinson gave the 2016 Holley Lecture in Applied Ethics at Bloomfield College, New Jersey, entitled "Every country my country, and every man my brother: Values and transformation in international policy settings". 

The QUNO New York Director made the point that values can provide an effective and legitimate approach to international policy work, that progress is often made through engaging with the inconsistencies in the values that people hold, and that that fostering values-based change requires us to develop different strategies that (for us) include listening, reaching out, making connections to real peoples’ lives and creating safe spaces for new ideas to emerge.

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March 2016

QUNO Geneva backs junior staff pay campaign

Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) Geneva is pleased to lend its support to the aims of the ‘We Pay Our Interns’ initiative, recently instituted by a group of Geneva-based non-governmental organizations.

While QUNO has chosen not to employ interns, we do instead provide annual Programme Assistant posts, which provide a year-long, paid and structured development opportunity for junior professionals.

QUNO particularly supports the principle of Articles 2 and 3 of the We Pay Our Interns Charter, which requires its member organisations to provide adequate levels of payment for junior staff, and to ensure a selection process free from discrimination of any kind. Further information about this campaign is available at: http://www.wepayourinterns.org

We are now accepting applications for three Programme Assistant vacancies for the 2016-17 period, working on Human Rights and Refugees, Peacebuilding and Climate Change, and Food and Sustainability. More information on these posts is available here.

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May 2014

QUNO Review May 2014

QUNO Review May 2014

Review of the activities of QUNO in 2013, including:

  • Peace and disarmament 
  • Peacebuilding and prevention of violent conflict
  • Food and sustainability
  • Human impacts of climate change
  • Human rights and refugees
  • Developing Middle East issues
  • Peace, development and the sustainable development goals
  • Natural resources, conflict and cooperation

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September 2013

New research on peaceful societies launched at Quaker House in New York

Together with the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and the United Nations Inter-Agency Framework Team for Preventive Action, QUNO hosted the New York launch of IEP’s new study “Pillars of Peace”, with Mr Steve Killelea AM, Founder and Executive Chair, on 27 September 2013. This new research sets out to understand and measure the attitudes, institutions and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies. Read more and download the report.

 

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Event of Note
June 2013

QUNO One of World's 100 Most Influential Actors in Armed Violence Reduction

In the category of NGO and not-for-profit leaders, QUNO Directors Andrew Tomlinson and Jonathan Woolley have been named by Action on Armed Violence as among the world’s 100 most influential actors in armed violence reduction.

 

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May 2013

QUNO Review May 2013

Review of the activities of QUNO in 2012, including:

  • Peace and disarmament 
  • Peacebuilding and prevention of violent conflict
  • Food and sustainability
  • Human impacts of climate change
  • Natural resources, conflict and cooperation
  • Human rights and refugees
  • Palestine and Statehood at the UN
  • Peace, development and the Millenium Development Goals

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June 2012

Letter of Greeting to Friends

Letter to Friends from QUNO New York Director Andrew Tomlinson and QUNO Geneva Director Jonathan Woolley describing the work of QUNO in relation to:

  • The 6th World Gathering of Friends in Kenya
  • Peace & Disarmament
  • Conflict, Collaboration and Natural Resources
  • Human Rights & Refugees
  • Global Economic Issues
  • Peacebuilding & the Prevention of Violent Conflict
  • Quaker Service Agencies at the UN and worldwide
  • David Atwood's Backhouse Lecture

Author: 

  • QUNO

Countries / Regions: 

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May 2012

Swarthmore Lecture by Rachel Brett

Rachel Brett delivered the Swarthmore lecture at Britain Yearly Meeting on 26 May. Entitled Snakes and Ladders, it described Quaker work on human rights at the United Nations.

This work has brought real change for many, including conscientious objectors and child soldiers. The Swarthmore Lectureship, established in 1907, provides for the publication of a book as well as the public lecture. For information about the book and how to order it please email us at quno@quno.ch.

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January 2012

Backhouse Lecture by David Atwood

Former QUNO Director David Atwood, who retired in 2011, presented the Backhouse Lecture at Australia Yearly Meeting describing his work seeking disarmament and peace at the UN over many years. We are grateful to Australian Quakers for making available the book published to accompany his lecture.

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December 2011

QUNO Review 2011

Review of the activities of QUNO in 2011, including:

  • Peace and Disarmament
  • Prevention of Violent Conflict
  • Peacebuilding
  • Food & Sustainability
  • Human Impacts of Climate Change
  • Human Rights & Refugees
  • Palestine and Statehood at the UN
  • Other Quaker Work at the UN
  • Looking Forward

Author: 

  • QUNO

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June 2011

Geneva Reporter

QUNO Geneva newsletter for February 2011 to June 2011. Featured stories

  • QUNO says "Thank You" to David Atwood
  • Message from Jonathan Woolley, new QUNO Geneva Director
  • Small Arms & Light Weapons
  • QUNO Summer School 2011
  • Quakers at the UN Crime Commission
  • Conscientious Objection to Military Service
  • Decade to Overcome Violence
  • Staff Update
  • Recent Publication

Author: 

  • QUNO

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June 2011

In & Around the UN

QUNO New York newsletter from June 2011.

Features articles on:

  • Building Peace: From China to Africa and Back Again
  • Letter from the Director
  • Peacebuilding at the UN
  • Finding Hope for a Troubled World
  • Preventing Election Violence in Kenya
  • How to Support QUNO New York
  • QUNO Staff Update
  • The Changing Face of Violence

Author: 

  • QUNO

Countries / Regions: 

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May 2011

Letter of Greeting to Friends

Letter to Friends from QUNO New York Director Andrew Tomlinson and QUNO Geneva Director David Atwood describing the current and future work of QUNO in the areas of:

  • Disarmament and Peace
  • Human Rights and Refugees
  • Food Security
  • Global Economic Issues
  • Peacebuilding
  • Prevention of Violent Conflict

Author: 

  • QUNO

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January 2011

Geneva Reporter

QUNO Geneva's newsletter for November 2010 to January 2011. Featured stories:

  • About the year-in-review issue
  • From Policy-makers to Practitioners: Disarmament and Peace 2010
  • From Seeds to Sustainability: Global Economic Issues 2010
  • From Prisons to Protection :Human Rights and Refugees 2010
  • Update from QUNO New York
  • QUNO Summer School 2011
  • Staff Update

Author: 

  • QUNO

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October 2010

Geneva Reporter

QUNO Geneva's newsletter for July to October 2010. Featured stories:

  • The Dangerous Lure of "Climate Change and ..."
  • BMS 4: Modest progress on Small Arms
  • Children of Prisoners on the Agenda at the UN
  • Stalemated Conference on Disarmament Under Scrutiny
  • Conscientious Objection: Amicus brief
  • Update from QUNO New York: The Trouble with Elections
  • Staff Changes

Author: 

  • QUNO

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June 2010

Geneva Reporter

QUNO Geneva's newsletter for February to June 2010. Featured stories:

  • Armed Violence & the Millennium Development Goals
  • UPOV, Intellectual Property & Food
  • Non Proliferation Treaty Review Conference Concludes on Positive Note
  • New UN Ruling on Conscientious Objection to Military Service
  • Update from QUNO New York
  • Vacancy Announcement: QUNO Geneva Director

Author: 

  • QUNO

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January 2010

Geneva Reporter

QUNO Geneva's newsletter for November to January 2010. Featured stories:

  • Conscientious Objection to Military Service
  • Securing the Millennium Development Goals
  • A Letter from QUNO New York
  • Reasons to be Hopeful? Prospects for the Disarmament Agenda 2010
  • Women in Prison
  • QUNO Seeks New Programme Assistants
  • From Trade Justice to Climate Justice? Reflections Around the WTO’s 2009 Ministerial Conference
  • Quaker United Nations Summer School
  • Quakers at the Copenhagen Climate Conference
  • Panel Discussion on Intellectual Property and Food

Author: 

  • QUNO

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October 2009

Geneva Reporter

QUNO Geneva's newsletter for August to October 2009. Featured stories:

  • Detention and Prisoners at the UN Human Rights Council
  • Climate Migrants
  • Churches Called to Uphold Conscientious Objection to Military Service
  • Secretary General’s Report on Armed Violence and Development Breaks New Ground

Author: 

  • QUNO

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Recent Timeline Events

April 2016

2016 Holley Lecture in Applied Ethics

On April 26, 2016, Andrew Tomlinson gave the 2016 Holley Lecture in Applied Ethics at Bloomfield College, New Jersey, entitled "Every country my country, and every man my brother: Values and transformation in international policy settings". 

The QUNO New York Director made the point that values can provide an effective and legitimate approach to international policy work, that progress is often made through engaging with the inconsistencies in the values that people hold, and that that fostering values-based change requires us to develop different strategies that (for us) include listening, reaching out, making connections to real peoples’ lives and creating safe spaces for new ideas to emerge.

Related Links

Related Files

Related Areas of Work

March 2016

QUNO Geneva backs junior staff pay campaign

Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) Geneva is pleased to lend its support to the aims of the ‘We Pay Our Interns’ initiative, recently instituted by a group of Geneva-based non-governmental organizations.

While QUNO has chosen not to employ interns, we do instead provide annual Programme Assistant posts, which provide a year-long, paid and structured development opportunity for junior professionals.

QUNO particularly supports the principle of Articles 2 and 3 of the We Pay Our Interns Charter, which requires its member organisations to provide adequate levels of payment for junior staff, and to ensure a selection process free from discrimination of any kind. Further information about this campaign is available at: http://www.wepayourinterns.org

We are now accepting applications for three Programme Assistant vacancies for the 2016-17 period, working on Human Rights and Refugees, Peacebuilding and Climate Change, and Food and Sustainability. More information on these posts is available here.

Related Areas of Work

September 2013

New research on peaceful societies launched at Quaker House in New York

Together with the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and the United Nations Inter-Agency Framework Team for Preventive Action, QUNO hosted the New York launch of IEP’s new study “Pillars of Peace”, with Mr Steve Killelea AM, Founder and Executive Chair, on 27 September 2013. This new research sets out to understand and measure the attitudes, institutions and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies. Read more and download the report.

 

Related Areas of Work