Areas of Work

Peace & Disarmament

Our peace and disarmament programme in Geneva grows out of a long Quaker history in this areas of work.

We understand peace as meaning more than the absence of overt violence and has fundamentally to do with human rights, social and economic justice and political participation. Where these are denied, the roots of violence can be found. We also strive to foster disarmament, to curb the impact of the tools of violence in both the conventional and nuclear weapons spheres.

Our work focuses on encouraging a more holistic and integrated approach to preventing destructive conflict and building peace at the international and local level.

To this end QUNO works with diplomats, NGOs, UN staff and others in Geneva and beyond to support the creation of legal instruments, new policy and effective practice – and our peace and disarmament programme collaborates with colleagues in our human rights, climate change and sustainable & just economic systems programmes, to explore opportunities for cross-cutting approaches that more accurately address the complexity of systems of injustice and violence.

Our recent publications can be found here.

QUNO Geneva understands peacebuilding as both the development of human and institutional capacity for resolving conflicts without violence, and the transformation of the conditions that generate destructive conflict. Therefore, in this latter sense, it must include work to prevent destructive conflict.

Over its history QUNO has focused much of its peace-related effort on fostering disarmament negotiations at the UN, for example on chemical and nuclear weapons, as well as conventional weapons such as landmines and small arms & light weapons. We work to raise awareness of their tremendous damage to communities and societies towards building more effective ways to tackle these challenges at international level – by also bridging the gaps between policy makers, industry actors and civil society.

We take a conflict prevention and peacebuilding approach to natural resource management, encouraging dialogue, cooperation and the constructive handling of conflicts – and engaging on business’s responsibilities in these areas.