Areas of Work

Building Peace

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.

Recent Timeline Events

December 2017

Read QUNO's latest Geneva Reporter newsletter

QUNO's December 2017 issue of the Geneva Reporter newsletter is now available online.

The latest issue features: a brief overview on our recent work on sustaining peace and food security, a introduction to the importance of agricultural biodiversity, developments on the right to conscientious objection to military service, news about our recent climate action publication "A Negotiator's Tookit," and a QUNO Q&A  with 2006 Geneva Summer School participant Tankiso Phori.

The full publication is available below.

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February 2017

New Collaborative Project ‘Developing New Insights into Peacebuilding’

QUNO will be undertaking a project collaboration with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and Lancaster University Law School. The project titled ‘Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) and Sustaining Peace - Developing New Insights into Peacebuilding’ is partially funded by Lancaster University Faculty of Social Science and Lancaster University Law School and will run until July 2017.

This impact and knowledge exchange project aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of the role of economic, social and cultural rights (ECSRs) in sustaining peace. The idea is to exchange knowledge and share practices and experiences of the use of such rights within the peacebuilding and human rights communities and across disciplines to develop innovative practice. Two knowledge exchange workshops will be held the first in Geneva in February 2017 and the second in Lancaster in July 2017. 

More information can be found on the project’s website.

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February 2017

A briefing for diplomats on Human Rights and Peacebuilding

The Geneva Peacebuilding Platform held a briefing for diplomats on Human Rights and Peacebuilding on 15th February, which QUNO organised, moderated and presented. This briefing drew on the work QUNO has been doing on human rights, peacebuilding and sustaining peace through our Peace and Disarmament and Human Rights and Refugees Programmes, and in close collaboration with our colleagues at QUNO  New York.  The briefing session aimed to provide useful background to diplomats ahead of the Mainstreaming Panel on the contribution of human rights to peacebuilding at the Human Rights Council on 27 February.

During the briefing session, Diane Hendrick and the other panelists illustrated areas in which human rights interacted with peacebuilding processes and approaches, and how human rights can be mainstreamed throughout the peacebuilding work of the UN system, including on the ground. A key aim was to present the concept of “sustaining peace” in which peacebuilding is understood as a process that takes place (and needs to be supported) before during and after conflict, as reflected in recent UN resolutions on the UN peacebuilding architecture. QUNO underlined that economic, social, and cultural rights are integral to addressing the root causes of destructive conflict.

For further information please refer below to our Handout on Human Rights and International Peace and Security.

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