Timeline

QUNO History

Carrying forward the Quaker traditions of patient, quiet diplomacy at the United Nations and working for a more peaceful and just world.
March 1953

Donation of Quaker House

Quaker House is given to the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) by a small group of donors to support a permanent Quaker presence at the UN.

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September 1957

Quaker House hosts African talks

UN general assembly creates an economic commission for Africa. Private informal lunches take place at Quaker House, enabling diplomats from Black Africa to meet on an informal basis with a white South African diplomat.

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February 1988

North and South Korean diplomatic meeting

From 1998-2001, Quaker House was the location for a series of meetings on peace in Korea, with North and South Korean diplomats meeting one at a time with a Quaker committee on Korea.

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September 1988

QUNO supports work of NGOs in Cambodia

Quaker House luncheons introduce the work of NGOs in
Cambodia, including that of several Friends service bodies, leading to incorporation of a Quaker perspective in UN peace plan.

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September 1989

Burmese Diplomatic Meetings

QUNO hosts the leadership of the Burmese democratic opposition at Quaker House in quiet one-on-one meetings with country representatives and UN agency staff.

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January 1998

Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers

We helped to found the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, an international organization that seeks to end the use of child soldiers, advocate for the release of unlawfully recruited children, promote their successful reintegration into civilian life, and call for accountability for those who unlawfully recruit or use them.

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January 1999

Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention

We facilitated the adoption of a key international legal instrument to address child soldiers in 1999:  The prohibition of military use of children in the International Labour Organisation’s Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention (No. 182).

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