New York Quaker House
Quaker House is a four story brownstone just blocks from the United Nations Headquarters, which has served as an informal meeting space for the UN community since 1953. Given to QUNO-New York by a small group of donors to support a permanent Quaker presence at the UN, the house has become an integral part of the program work of the QUNO office.
For nearly fifty years, Quaker House has provided a place where UN diplomats, staff, and nongovernmental partners can labor with difficult issues in a quiet, off-the-record atmosphere out of the public eye.
In addition to providing space for informal luncheons with diplomats and UN staff, Quaker House is a center for seminars, workshops, committee meetings, and Quaker hospitality. Friends and Friends' organizations in the U.S. and worldwide make use of Quaker House facilities as they learn about and participate in UN activities.
Over the years, the luncheons and meetings held at Quaker House have helped move many issues of concern to Friends forward on the UN agenda. Some of these include:
- 1960's - disarmament, Africa, world population;
- 1970's - Law of the Sea treaty, Middle East peace process;
- 1980's - human rights in Guatemala, peace in Cambodia and Korea;
- 1990's - the Earth Summit, democracy in Burma, the World Conference on Women;
- 2000 - control of small arms, peace operations conflict prevention, the World Conference Against Racism, and financing for development