Areas of Work

Disarmament and Arms Control

Over its history QUNO has focused much of its peace-related effort on fostering disarmament negotiations at the UN, for example on chemical and nuclear weapons.

By the mid-1990s QUNO also recognised that tremendous damage to communities and societies was being done by conventional weapons, particularly small arms and landmines, and worked to raise awareness of this problem and seek effective ways to tackle it at international level.

From the late 1990s QUNO worked with the Graduate Institute and UNIDIR as the Geneva Forum, seeking to tackle the problem of trafficking in small arms and light weapons by providing expert input, alternative perspectives and off the record spaces for dialogue and idea generation that could feed into these formal negotiations. The aim of this work was to provide a framework that could encourage and guide national efforts to halt the illicit trade in these weapons.

Up until December 2014 QUNO, through the Geneva Forum, together the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) ran the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Network based in Geneva to coordinate activities related to the promotion of the Treaty and its implementation. GCSP takes this work forward with new partners.

At present QUNO tracks development in multilateral nuclear disarmament and international discussions and developments around drones and lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS).

Recent Timeline Events

May 2017

QUNO Geneva seeks a Representative, Peace and Disarmament

We have an outstanding opportunity in our unique, integrated and friendly team. We seek a committed person with excellent leadership, analytical, visioning and inter-personal skills, and considerable knowledge and experience in relevant aspects of peace and disarmament, including at the United Nations.

S/he will carry forward and develop QUNO Geneva’s peace work, including input to QUNO's other work and fundraising. The position is open to Quakers and those sharing Quaker values. The closing date for applications is 30 May 2017. Applicants should follow carefully the instructions provided in the job description (below)

We shall be sorry to say “goodbye” at the end of August 2017 to Diane Hendrick who has successfully led our Peace & Disarmament work in Geneva since January 2012, maintaining its core values and taking it in new directions. Diane has decided to return to her homebase in Austria but we are fortunate that she will support QUNO in ensuring a smooth transition to the new Representative.

Full job description and application details are available in the document below. Please be sure to fill out the supplementary information form at the end of the job description.

Applications must be submitted by 30 May 2017.


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November 2016

Read QUNO's latest Geneva Reporter newsletter

QUNO's November 2016 issue of the Geneva Reporter newsletter is now available online. The latest issue features: an interview with our Food & Sustainability Representative on her upcoming expert consultation on the role of governments in supporting small-scale farmers and ensuring food security, a report on the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, news about our inequality side-event during Geneva Peace Week, and a QUNO Q&A  with 2016 Geneva Summer School participant Ayah Abubasheer.

The newsletter also includes a one-page insert featuring QUNO's perspective on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The full publication is available below.

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January 2016

VIDEO: Diane Hendrick talks about our Peace & Disarmament programme

In this video, excerpted from a longer film shown at the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) World Plenary Meeting held in Peru in January 2016, Diane Hendrick explains the work of our Peace & Disarmament programme. 

The Peace and Disarmament programme grows out of a long Quaker history of working for peace, understanding that this means more than the absence of overt violence and has fundamentally to do with social and economic justice and political participation. Where these are denied, the roots of violence can be found. 

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