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Peacebuilding & Prevention of Violent Conflict

QUNO seeks to encourage a more holistic approach to peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict at the UN that takes into account local perspectives and the rebuilding of relationships. This includes a focus on the connections between peace, development, and the environment.
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January 2010

Publication of Ripples into Waves

QUNO facilitated a visit by Carolyn Hayman, Chief Executive of Peace Direct to Quaker House in New York to lead a discussion with representatives of the UN peacebuilding community on the potential for locally-led peacebuilding initiatives to create “peace writ large”. This discussion led to the publication by Peace Direct and QUNO of Ripples into Waves, an analysis of how civil society peacebuilding processes can scale successfully.

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November 2010

Worldwide Civil Society "Best Practice" Seminars

QUNO co-organised platforms for civil society leaders and practitioners to present their work and interact with professionals from governments and development cooperation agencies on Armed Violence and Development, during regional "Best Practice" seminars in Nairobi, Rio de Janeiro, Kathmandu, Abuja and Zagreb. These seminars were held between between November 2010 and September 2011.

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June 2011

Public Statement on Fighting in Northern Myanmar

In June 2011, QUNO New York worked with other partner organisations to publish a public statement in response to fighting that had erupted in northern Myanmar. The statement included recommendations for immediate action by the Government of Myanmar and the Kachin Independence Army, as well as supportive measures to be taken by China, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the UN.

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November 2011

Chinese Scholars Visit New York

QUNO and the American Friends Service Committee hosted a visit by four leading UN scholars from China to the UN in New York. The visit included a public event, co-hosted with the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, entitled “Chinese Perspectives on UN Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding”. The event, attended by UN staff, diplomats, and NGOs, provided an introduction to current research activities within China and an opportunity for informal discussion and exchange.

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Event of Note
November 2011

Second Ministerial Review Conference of the Geneva Declaration

QUNO played a large role in bringing eighty CSOs to engage with the Second Ministerial Review Conference of the Geneva Declaration in November 2011.

QUNO worked to ensure that the programming experience of civil society organisations (CSO’s) was included in the understanding of what is currently being done to tackle the problem of armed violence around the world.

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January 2012

Backhouse Lecture by David Atwood

Former QUNO Director David Atwood, who retired in 2011, presented the Backhouse Lecture at Australia Yearly Meeting describing his work seeking disarmament and peace at the UN over many years. We are grateful to Australian Quakers for making available the book published to accompany his lecture.

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March 2012

Consolidating Peace: Liberia and Sierra Leone

QUNO organized a public event co-hosted by the Delegation of the European Union to the UN with London-based NGO Conciliation Resources to launch their Accord series report entitled Consolidating Peace: Liberia and Sierra Leone which highlights the perspectives of civil society and local actors on ways forward in the areas of peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict in both countries.

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June 2012

Building Just Societies

 QUNO participated in an international workshop on the topic of Building Just Socieities: Reconciliation in Transitional Settings held in Accra, Ghana. The workshop was organized by the UN Peacebuilding Support Office and QUNO played a key role in the design and implementation of this initiative. QUNO Director Andrew Tomlinson also facilitated one of the workshop sessions on the topic of Stakeholders and the Role of Civil Society in Reconciliation.

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June 2012

Peacebuilding in Burundi: A visit from Adrien Niyongabo

QUNO New York hosted a visited by a Burundian Quaker, Adrien Niyongabo, with the local grassroots organization Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC). At a meeting at Quaker House with experts from the UN and diplomats, Adrien shared his experiences in trauma healing and reconciliation in Burundi as well as his perspectives on the national truth and reconciliation process.

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June 2012

20 Years of 'An Agenda for Peace'

QUNO New York Director Andrew Tomlinson was one of three panelists at a Geneva Peacebuilding Platform seminar entitled "20 Years of ‘An Agenda for Peace’: A new vision for conflict prevention?” His full remarks are available in the document Putting the Pieces Together: Towards a Unified Approach to Prevention at the UN.

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