Our work priorities are based on the concerns of Quakers worldwide. Because QUNO facilitates meetings and work on sensitive topics, not all of our projects can be discussed publicly. Read below to learn more about our current programmes.
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.
QUNO views climate change as an environmental, political and economic challenge that interconnects with its work on peace and justice issues. We seek to highlight the human impacts of climate change at a time when communities worldwide are experiencing its consequences, yet man made greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) continue to rise at dangerous rates.
We work to strengthen the promotion and protection of human rights through the United Nations system, with particular reference to the interface between human rights and armed conflicts, and the protection of refugees.
QUNO’s peace and disarmament work in Geneva works at the intersection of peace, human rights and development.
QUNO strives to foster economic systems that deliver prosperity for all. This means that those economic systems improve livelihoods, strengthen resilience, and ensure just transitions to sustainability for the most vulnerable stakeholders.
These are topics and issues that were major QUNO projects in the past. For the most part, these projects are no longer active because our work in these areas resulted in the issues being addressed and recognized in the larger UN community.