Areas of Work

Disarmament and Arms Control

QUNO has historically played a key supportive role in the peace-related efforts to foster stricter arms control and sustained disarmament efforts. Through providing a space for discussion on the sidelines of divisive multilateral arms control and disarmament negotiations, QUNO has helped stakeholders to realise transformative agreements such as the Mine Ban Treaty. In addition to monitoring nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation developments, our programme focuses on raising awareness of the tremendous damage done by conventional weapons to communities and societies. We strive to build effective arms controls at international level by bridging the gaps between policy makers, corporate actors and civil society in fora such as the UN Human Rights Council and the Arms Trade Treaty or with the UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights.effective ways to tackle these challenges at international level – by also bridging the gaps between policy makers, industry actors and civil society.

Recent Timeline Events

October 2019

How the Human Rights pillar is contributing to Arms Control

QUNO recently co-organized a discussion on “How the Human Rights pillar is contributing to Arms Control” as part of the New Shapes: Weapons Governance conference in October, in collaboration with the Women's League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Amnesty International, and the Permanent Mission of Peru to the United Nations.


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November 2018

Nuclear Disarmament or Nuclear Arms Race: The World at Crossroads

The Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) organised a panel discussion on “Nuclear Disarmament or Nuclear Arms Race: The World at Crossroads” during the Geneva Peace Week featuring:


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January 2016

VIDEO: Diane Hendrick talks about our Peace & Disarmament programme

In this video, excerpted from a longer film shown at the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) World Plenary Meeting held in Peru in January 2016, Diane Hendrick explains the work of our Peace & Disarmament programme. 

The Peace and Disarmament programme grows out of a long Quaker history of working for peace, understanding that this means more than the absence of overt violence and has fundamentally to do with social and economic justice and political participation. Where these are denied, the roots of violence can be found. 

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