Areas of Work

Past Work

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  For the most part, these projects are no longer active because our work in these areas resulted in the issues being addressed and recognized in the larger UN community.

Promoting recognition of the rights and needs of women in detention, primarily through implementation of the UN Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules).

QUNO participated actively in the Commission on Human Rights and the development of the UN Human Rights Council.

Since the 1990's, QUNO has worked on trade and development issues with the primary goal of promoting a fair and equitable trade negotiating process, focusing in particular on Intellectual Property, Migration of Labour Providers, and Agriculture Trade & Investment. Our Sustainable & Just Economic Systems programme continues work on trade issues.

IDPs are people forced to flee their homes but who remain within their country's borders. QUNO was one of the pioneers in gaining international attention for internally displaced persons.

This work aimed to promote informed, balanced and thoughtful discussion about what agricultural systems are best suited to different circumstances and needs.

We worked to raise public awareness about the issue of child soldiers, and to develop international standards to prohibit the military recruitment and use in combat of all those under 18 years of age in government armed forces or other armed groups.