Areas of Work

Role of Emerging Powers

A shifting world stage is seeing greater participation at the UN from a wider range of actors than in the past. These actors include UN member states whose leadership role and level of engagement in the international arena has greatly increased over recent years (for instance Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Turkey). Also, regional intergovernmental organisations (such as the African Union, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) have come to play an increasingly important role working in partnership with the UN to prevent violent conflict.

QUNO New York has conducted a variety of activities aimed at sharing perspectives and fostering constructive engagement with emerging powers at the UN. A particular focus of this work has been on China's increasing role in UN peacebuilding and peacemaking activities. 

Ongoing Activities

  • Through its partnership with the American Friends Service Committee in China and Africa, QUNO has engaged in a series of activities since 2011 focused on supporting academic research and facilitating discussion on the role of China in UN peacemaking, peacebuilding, and peacekeeping. These activities have included a study tour to Burundi and Congo for Chinese scholars, an exchange visit with Chinese and UN experts in New York, and a seminar in Beijing with participants from the UN, Chinese academic institutions, and African civil society.

Recent Timeline Events

February 2017

Chinese Perspectives on Africa's Peace and Security Challenges: Views from the Field

QUNO, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) convened a two-day workshop in New York that provided a forum for academics from various Chinese institutions to share their research and perspectives on peace and security issues in Africa with a broad policy audience. With support from a joint SSRC-AFSC pilot fellowship program, six Chinese PhD scholars completed research in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Zimbabwe and at the African Union where they looked at China’s engagement in UN peace operations, regional partnerships, and the role of China’s commercial interests in sustaining peace. In addition to co-sponsoring the workshop, QUNO’s UN Representative for the Prevention of Violent Conflict, Rachel Madenyika, participated as a discussant, sharing her reflections on the role of business in prevention and sustaining peace.

China continues to rapidly increase its participation in UN peace operations, and is becoming more involved in supporting peace operations and peacebuilding efforts in conflict affected countries and regions, especially in Africa. During the workshop, participants reflected on how in China there is an increasing focus on the importance of investing in development projects as a way to foster peace and address root causes of conflict. Chinese development actors and investors moving these projects forward face challenges with identifying and understanding the drivers and root causes of conflict. 

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October 2016

In & Around the UN - New York's quarterly Newsletter

Our New York office is pleased to share our newest Newsletter, In & Around the UN, featuring articles on the new UN Secretary General, integrating human rights and sustaining peace, the new global framework for peace and more.

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June 2016

In & Around the UN: New Newsletter from our New York office

QUNO New York is excited to share our most recent Newsletter, "In & Around the UN," featuring the following articles by our staff:

  • What's Next in Peacebuilding?
  • Letter from the New York Director
  • Pastor Elie's Visit to New York
  • Putting Prevention Back on the UN's Agenda
  • ​Updates from the Geneva Office
  • Closer Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-regional Organizations
  • QUNO-AFSC Bring the Perspectives of Chinese Scholars to the UN
  • Celebrating the Work of Quakers at the UN

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