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

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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June 2016

QUNO hosts discussion on strengthening the UN-AU partnership

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QUNO organized an informal discussion at Quaker House between African Union expert Dr. Cedric de Coning, civil society, UN staff and Member States. This meeting, during which Dr. de Coning provided his perspective on the state of the relationship between the UN and the African Union (AU), was a follow-up to a recent open debate in the Security Council on UN-AU cooperation for greater peace and security. The discussion was an opportunity for New York-based actors to gain insight into the inner workings of the AU and think of ways to enhance UN-AU cooperation from UN headquarters.

Improving the relationship between the UN and the AU has been a priority for the UN system over the past year, as a result of a recommendation from the recent UN report of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) that calls for greater cooperation between these two institutions. As part of the Prevention of Violent Conflict program, QUNO has been honing into this recommendation, with a focus on building relationships between relevant UN actors engaged with the AU, including African Member States. This meeting was the first in a series of meetings that will take place in the informal setting of Quaker House and will bring UN, AU and African sub-regional organizations together to discuss issues of shared concern.

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