Building peace is a long term commitment and requires changes at the systems level, as well as in behaviour and attitudes of individuals within those systems. QUNO Geneva seeks to support change in the way that States and the United Nation system perceive and respond to conflict and violence.
By bringing the experience and insight of local peacebuilders to the international level and engaging those whose actions can lead to destructive conflict, QUNO seeks to encourage a more preventive approach to building peace. An important part of our work in this area is to foster the integration of approaches that could make peacebuilding, and the prevention of destructive conflict, more effective both within the UN and on the ground.
Together with colleagues in the Human Rights and Refugees programme and QUNO New York, we work on improving communication and collaboration between human rights processes and mechanisms and the peace and security institutions at the UN. Human rights and peacebuilding approaches are mutually reinforcing and we seek to encourage civil society at both local and international level to realize the potential for more effective peace and justice work by drawing on these complementary approaches.
An important part of QUNO’s peacebuilding work is carried out through the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform (GPP), of which QUNO is a founding member and part of the Management and Steering Committees.