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High Level Policy Engagement

QUNO engages with the broader policy debates on peacebuilding and prevention at the UN in New York. From time to time QUNO also works on topical situations such as Palestinian statehood.
June 2014

QUNO hosts discussion on Peaceland book

QUNO hosted an informal discussion at Quaker House in New York for Dr. Severine Autesserre from Barnard College to share the findings of her new book Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention. Peaceland offers a fascinating new explanation for why international peace interventions often do not reach their full potential. Through field-based research in conflict zones around the world, Dr. Autesserre demonstrates how normal everyday habits, practices, and personal narratives can influence the way in which peacebuilding is done on the ground.

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June 2014

QUNO Contributes to Peacebuilding Commission Annual Session

QUNO was invited to participate in the first ever UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) Annual Session in New York on June 23rd, which focused on Sustainable support for peacebuilding: the domestic and international aspects. Andrew Tomlinson, QUNO Director, made comments in the workshop sessions on “The importance of inclusion, transparency and consultation in revenue mobilization” and “Long-term accompaniment of societies in transition: a role for the PBC?”

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May 2014

QUNO participates in Transatlantic Civil Society Dialogue on Security and Development

QUNO was invited to participate in the Transatlantic Civil Society Dialogue on Security and Development, a civil society process accompanying the EU-US High Level Consultative Group on Development. The outcome document has now been published as “Improving transatlantic approaches to fragile and conflict-affected states.”

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May 2014

QUNO hosts Canadian Friends at UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples

QUNO New York is hosting the Canadian Friends Service Committee for the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues as they continue their dedicated work at this Forum. Pictured are CSFC members Jennifer Preston and Monica Walters-Field, as well as QUNO programme assistant Rachel Singleton-Polster who previously served with CFSC.

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March 2014

QUNO participated in Open Working Group 8 on the Sustainable Development Goals

Quaker House welcomed many guests during the Eighth Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. QUNO and our colleagues focused on the topic of conflict prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding and the promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance within the proposed framework for development post-2015 by engaging with side events and making statements.

We were glad to host colleagues from the Alliance for Peacebuilding and from The Africa Civil Society Platform on Principled Partnership, pictured here.

Andrew Tomlinson, QUNO-NY Director, made a statement to the co-chairs of the OWG, which can be read here (under the title “Peace: getting to the heart of sustainable development”) , and also viewed online (starting at 39:40mins). 

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March 2014

QUNO contributes to AFSC article on Syrian women’s participation in peace processes

March marks women’s history month, and at the UN is the very busy time of the Commission on the Status of Women. QUNO New York staff contributed the UN perspective to this article produced by American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), highlighting the importance of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security, among other international tools for the inclusion of women in peacebuilding.

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February 2014

QUNO participates in ACCORD Seminar on Peacebuilding Coherence in Johannesburg, South Africa

On 19 and 20 February Diane Hendrick participated in the  seminar “Towards a more Coherent Peacebuilding Policy Community”, in Johannesburg organised by the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), a Civil Society organisation based in South Africa, which specializes in the field of conflict analysis, resolution, interventions and management on the African continent.

The seminar explored the scope for coherence in the range of  international, regional and national peacebuilding related policy processes that have been initiated over the past years. It brought together more than 40 representatives of the UN, the African Union, NGO's and  academics from Africa and beyond and  allowed for some frank discussion, especially around the issue of local ownership of peacebuilding processes.  A policy and practice brief looking at the key issues from the workshop and the guiding principles developed will be produced shortly.

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January 2014

Breakfast dialogue on Peace, Poverty and Violence

In December QUNO,  the Baha’i International Community: United Nations Office, and ATD Fourth World partnered to host a breakfast dialogue on the topic of “Peace, poverty, and violence; interlinkages for sustainable development.” The breakfast was attended by a wide range of UN staff, Member States, and representatives from civil society. Keynote speakers included a representative from the Permanent Mission of Timor Leste, as well as Sarah Cliffe, special adviser and assistant secretary-general of Civilian Capacities to the United Nations. Sarah Cliffe stated that “The impact of violence and conflict on social and economic development is deep,” said Dr. Cliffe. “Many countries have seen their development held back by these factors.” A summary note and agenda from the meeting are available here.

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October 2013

In & Around the UN

The New York office is pleased to share our most recent Newsletter, featuring articles on the crisis in Syria, sustainable development, women building peace, and QUNO's recognition as one of the world's 100 most influential actors in armed violence reduction.

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October 2013

QUNO briefs New York meeting of Geneva Declaration core group on post-2015 issues

On 30 October, QUNO  briefed a meeting of the Core Group of the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York on planned consultations for the post-2015 development agenda.   

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September 2013

Post-2015 Peace & Stability

QUNO recently contributed to an article in ‘Global Policy’ on the centrality of Peace & Stability to Sustainable Development and the post-2105 framework.

"In societies impacted by chronic violence and instability, you just can’t go in and attempt to deliver against development objectives in a way that works in other places,” says Andrew Tomlinson, Quaker representative to the United Nations in New York. “These are the environments where the MDG’s largely have failed, and they are now home to the majority of the poorest of the poor. If you’re trying to address hunger or education or healthcare but there’s no personal security, there’s weak governance and ineffective institutions, you can’t actually get to what you want to get at."

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September 2013

QUNO co-hosts a High Level Side Event in the opening week of the 68th General Assembly on Stability and Peace

QUNO and the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding hosted a High Level  Side Event on “Stability & Peace: Finding the Heart of Sustainable Development" at Scandinavia House in New York in the opening week of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly, featuring civil society representatives from Kenya, Liberia and Nigeria, the Director General of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, a leading Chinese academic, and Jan Naidoo from South Africa. Ninety diplomats, UN staff and civil society representatives attended. 

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September 2013

New research on peaceful societies launched at Quaker House in New York

Together with the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and the United Nations Inter-Agency Framework Team for Preventive Action, QUNO hosted the New York launch of IEP’s new study “Pillars of Peace”, with Mr Steve Killelea AM, Founder and Executive Chair, on 27 September 2013. This new research sets out to understand and measure the attitudes, institutions and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies. Read more and download the report.

 

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May 2013

Beijing Seminar on Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding, and Peacemaking

In coordination with the American Friends Service Committee and the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum of the Social Science Research Council, QUNO New York organized a three day seminar for leading Chinese scholars, UN experts, and civil society and academics from Africa on the topic of Towards Coordinated Responses to Conflict: Perspectives on United Nations Peacemaking, Peacekeeping, and Peacebuilding, which took place at the Beijing Foreign Studies University in China.

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April 2013

UN Foundation, International Peace Institute and QUNO bring together UN system around conflict, violence and instability within the post-2015 development agenda

On 26 April, QUNO, UNF and IPI, in collaboration with the Executive Office of the Secretary General, hosted an all-day event with senior representatives of the UN secretariat, agencies, funds and programs on “Conflict, Violence, and Instability in the Post-2015 Development Agenda”. The objective was to facilitate a discussion to identify common insights and objectives across the UN system around the inclusion of issues of peace and stability.

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