Key Publications

QUNO Review 2020

Annual report and summary of QUNO’s history, programmes and ways of working. QUNO (March 2020)

Human Rights and Refugees

Protection of the Rights of Children of Parents Sentenced to Death or Executed: An Expert Legal Analysis

This paper presents a legal analysis of the protection of the human rights of children of parents sentenced to death or executed. (February 2019)

Briefing for Friends - A short guide for engaging with the Global Compact on Migration

This briefing paper offers an explanation of the final text the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, a brief timeline of how it was developed, some suggestions of how Friends can use the document to support their witness and their activism, and a short description of what QUNO’s next steps will be. (December 2018)

Foundations for Implementation

A guide to assist States in the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration. (November 2018)

Can the children of parents sentenced to death or executed be considered victims of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment?

The written statement to the 34th session of the Human Rights Council outlines the severe impact of the death penalty on children, specific death penalty situations where there is robust evidence of a violation, as well as recommendations for States and the UN. QUNO (March 2017)

Briefing for Friends on opportunities and challenges for the protection of refugees and migrants at the UN level

This briefing aims to inform Friends about the New York Declaration, a new agenda by the UN for responding to large movements of people crossing borders. Catherine Baker (January 2017)  

Mental Health, Human Rights and Criminal Justice 

This submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is QUNO's input to an open request for information by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the topic of mental health and human rights. (November 2016)

Forgotten Victims: Children of prisoners sentenced to death or executed

A briefing paper on children of prisoners sentenced to death or executed prepared for the 6th World Congress against the Death Penalty.
Daniel Cullen (May 2016)

Children of Incarcerated Parents International Standards and Guidance

Outlining international standards pertaining to children of incarcerated parents. Laurel Townhead (April 2015)

International Standards on Conscientious Objection to Military Service

Developments in ways conscientious objection has been recognized and protected under human rights treaties and mechanisms since 2011. Available in English and German. Rachel Brett (January 2015)

Education and the Military: A human rights and peace perspective

Questioning the presence and influence of the military in primary and secondary education from a peace and human rights perspective.
Emily Graham (July 2014)

Conscientious objectors to military service: Punishment and discriminatory treatment

Conscientious objectors to military service can face a number of serious and negative implications for their refusal to perform military service.
Emily Graham (June 2014)

Children of parents sentenced to the death penalty or executed: developments, good practices and next steps

Perspectives and learning from a side event at the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council in which experts reflected on a number of relevant key issues. QUNO (May 2014)

Children of Parents Sentenced to Death or Executed: How are they affected? How can they be supported?

This study points out the devastating effects on the physical and mental well-being of children of parents sentenced to death. Available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish and Russian. QUNO, on behalf of the Child Rights Connect Working Group on Children of Incarcerated Parents (September 2013)

Lightening the Load of the Parental Death Sentence on Children

Detailed study of the situations of children of parents sentenced to the death penalty. Available in Arabic, English, Farsi, French, Japanese and Spanish. Oliver Robertson and Rachel Brett (June 2013)

Children of Parents Sentenced to Death

One of our first publications to examine the question of children whose parents are sentenced to the death penalty. Available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish. Helen Kearney (February 2012)

Human Impacts of Climate Change

A Government Official's Toolkit - 2020 Edition

Intended to support government officials, this booklet contains 12 concise cases and 231 quotes referenced to over 100 published papers (including the IPCC Special Reports on: Global Warming of 1.5C Climate Change and Land Ocean and Crysophere in a Changing Climate). (November 2019)

A Government Official's Toolkit - Updated A5 edition

This and the original publication were written to support government officials—at local, regional and national levels—who are concerned about the impact of climate change on their citizens, their country, and the planet. (March 2019)

A Negotiator's Toolkit - Second edition

This booklet was created to support climate negotiators in their work to engage busy Ministries with reasons for urgent, rights-based climate action. (April 2018)

A Negotiatior's Toolkit

This booklet was created to support climate negotiators in their work to engage busy Ministries with reasons for urgent, rights-based climate action. Ministers and other decision makers face competing demands and priorities, but they may also be more receptive to one argument over another. (November 2017)

Climate justice and the use of human rights law in reducing greenhouse gas emissions

This report looks at how human rights obligations can help support policies which lead to more successful and just efforts to decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to human activities. David Elliott, Lindsey Fielder Cook (August 2016)

Preparing for Paris

These four papers are intended to provide a comprehensive briefing for those concerned about the outcomes of international climate change negotiations taking place in Paris in December 2015. QUNO (October 2015)

QUNO and Minute 36: Briefing Paper for the Yearly Meeting Gathering 2014

Connecting the work of QUNO to Minute 36 (the Canterbury Commitment), which challenges Quakers to seek a sustainable, equitable and peaceful life on Earth. QUNO (August 2014)

Call to Conscience

Quaker experiences in facing the challenge of climate change. QUNO (July 2014)

Moving Forward in International Negotiations: Four Innovative Examples

Insights from past multilateral agreements that involved complex negotiations may offer a way forward for international climate change negotiations.
Ellie Roberts (June 2014)

Increasing Trust and Effectiveness under the UNFCCC: Learning from International Monitoring Processes

Insights from our experience of international treaties may be helpful in designing ways for States to show they are reaching their obligations to reduce emissions.
Ellie Roberts (November 2012)

Peace and Disarmament

The role of decentralized renewable energy in peacebuilding

 This publication explores the role of decentralized renewable energy as a peacebuilding tool, in global efforts for a net-zero carbon energy transition. (December 2018)

Integrating Human Rights and Sustaining Peace

This report brings together the learning to explore the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) as a vehicle for better linking human rights and sustaining peace. (April 2018)

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Sustaining Peace: An introduction

This joint publication by the Quaker United Nations Office, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Lancaster University demonstrates how economic, social and cultural rights can contribute to a sustaining peace approach to peacebuilding. (March 2018)

Written Input to Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food in Humanitarian Contexts

QUNO’s Food & Sustainability and Peace and Disarmament Programmes, submitted a joint contribution to Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.
QUNO (March 2017)

Building Peace through Principle 10

How can environmental rights agreements prevent destructive conflict around natural resources. Available in English and Spanish. Ellie Roberts and Alexandra Pluss Encarnacion (April 2015)

White Paper on Peacebuilding

Perspectives on the challenges, opportunities and future of peacebuilding, and ways in which societies may work toward a sustainable peace. QUNO and The Geneva Peacebuilding Platform (February 2015)

The Aarhus Convention and the prevention of destructive conflict

Using access rights, including rights to information, public participation and justice, to build peace and prevent conflict around environmental issues. Lynn Finnegan (June 2014)

All voices heard: natural resources, conflict and company-community engagement

More meaningful models of community participation in project planning are particularly important in projects that affect local access to, and control of, natural resources. Lynn Finnegan (December 2013)

Building Peace around water, land and food: Policy and practice for preventing conflict

Developing management of water, land and food that is equitable and peaceful is increasingly challenging, but there is hope for the future. Ellie Roberts and Lynn Finnegan (September 2013)

Diverting the Flow: Cooperation over International Water Resources

Shifting the discourse of natural resource scarcity from one focused on preparing for war to one on creating peace, we note examples of water cooperation between countries. Steven Heywood (October 2012)

Food and Sustainability

The Time is Ripe for Governments to Strengthen Sustainable and Food-Secure Farming

This "call to action" is a result of discussions held during an expert consultation in November 2016 on the role of the public sector in supporting small-scale farmers and agricultural biodiversity and is a product of contributions made by all participants. Dialogue to Action (DtA) Group (April 2017)

Are Small-scale Farmers at the Table?

This policy brief offers reflections on small-scale farmers’ participation in global and national decision-making, concluding with six recommendations for how multilateral institutions can encourage and facilitate the participation of small-scale farmers. QUNO (March 2017)

Foundations of Food Security – Ensuring Support to Small-scale Farmers Managing Agricultural Biodiversity

This paper discusses the access and benefit-sharing (ABS) agreements established by the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, the Convention on Biological Diversity, or the Nagoya Protocol. QUNO (March 2017)

The Evolution of Rights and Responsibilities over Agricultural Biodiversity

This publication explores the concerns driving relevant international instruments with the goal of increasing the understanding needed to achieve coherence and mutual support. QUNO (March 2017)

Government Means of Supporting Small-Scale Farmers and Agricultural Biodiversity

This document presents some examples of government means of supporting small-scale farmers in agro-biodiverse settings. QUNO (November 2016)

Trends in Public Sector Spending in Agriculture

This document provides a brief overview of the statistics and trends on the declining public sector support for agriculture - demonstrating that public sector investment in agriculture is growing at a much slower and more unpredictable rate than the private sector. QUNO (November 2016)

Challenges to Small-Scale Farmers and Agro-Biodiversity

This note highlights the importance of small-scale farmers and agricultural biodiversity in ensuring global food security. QUNO (November 2016)

Policy brief: the relationship between intellectual property rights and small-scale farmer innovation

This paper discusses how alternative or sui generis plant variety protection systems, collective and certification trademarks, and geographical indications may encourage on-farm innovation. QUNO (May 2016)

Access to seeds: lessons from the access to medicines debate

The history and dynamics of the access to medicines debate provide a number of reflections for those concerned with protecting farmers’ access to seeds.
Patrick Endall (April 2016)

Project Brief: An Interactive Trade Policy Tool

An summary of an interactive online QUNO has been developing tool to help explain the complex relationship between food security measures and trade rules. QUNO (December 2015)

Small-scale farmer innovation
This policy brief consolidates lessons learned from an in-depth literature review on small-scale farmer (SSF) innovation systems.
Bragdon, Chelsea Smith (December 2015)

The Relationship between Food Security Policy Measures and WTO Trade Rules

This report first provides a historical overview of both the concept of food security and the incorporation of agriculture into international trade negotiations. ​David Elliott, Kim Burnett.  (December 2015)

Realizing the right to food in an era of climate change

This report highlights the role of small-scale farmers as innovators and custodians of food system diversity, a critical resource in ensuring the realization of the right to food in an era of climate change. QUNO (August 2015)

Trade Liberalization and Food Security: Examining the Linkages

Exploring the dominant economic approach to agricultural trade and questioning the logic of economic efficiency and liberalized trade can move the food system towards equity and sustainability. Jennifer Clapp (June 2014)

Peacebuilding and the Prevention of Violent Conflict

Reconciliation – transforming relationships in divided societies

Remarks given at the UNITAR Workshop on Reconciliation & Peacebuilding. Andrew Tomlinson (May 2015)

Filling the Gap: How civil society engagement can help the UN’s Peacebuilding Architecture meet its purpose

A paper on civil society engagement in the UN’s Peacebuilding Architecture, co-authored with Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict. Camilla Campisi and Laura Ribeiro Rodrigues Pereira (April 2015)

Peace and Post-2015: Into the Home Stretch

Reflections on the current state of play of the inclusion of peace issues in the soon to be agreed Sustainable Development Goals. Andrew Tomlinson (April 2015)

The importance of inclusion, transparency and consultation in revenue mobilisation

Remarks during the UN Peacebuilding Commission Annual Session in New York. Andrew Tomlinson (June 2014)

Long-term accompaniment of societies in transition: a role for the PBC?

Remarks during the UN Peacebuilding Commission Annual Session in New York. Andrew Tomlinson (June 2014)