Peace and Development

QUNO contributes to the UN discussions of the role of peace and stability in sustainable development and the successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
April 2013

UN Foundation, International Peace Institute and QUNO bring together UN system around conflict, violence and instability within the post-2015 development agenda

On 26 April, QUNO, UNF and IPI, in collaboration with the Executive Office of the Secretary General, hosted an all-day event with senior representatives of the UN secretariat, agencies, funds and programs on “Conflict, Violence, and Instability in the Post-2015 Development Agenda”. The objective was to facilitate a discussion to identify common insights and objectives across the UN system around the inclusion of issues of peace and stability.

September 2013

New research on peaceful societies launched at Quaker House in New York

Together with the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and the United Nations Inter-Agency Framework Team for Preventive Action, QUNO hosted the New York launch of IEP’s new study “Pillars of Peace”, with Mr Steve Killelea AM, Founder and Executive Chair, on 27 September 2013. This new research sets out to understand and measure the attitudes, institutions and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies. Read more and download the report.


September 2013

QUNO co-hosts a High Level Side Event in the opening week of the 68th General Assembly on Stability and Peace

QUNO and the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding hosted a High Level  Side Event on “Stability & Peace: Finding the Heart of Sustainable Development" at Scandinavia House in New York in the opening week of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly, featuring civil society representatives from Kenya, Liberia and Nigeria, the Director General of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, a leading Chinese academic, and Jan Naidoo from South Africa. Ninety diplomats, UN staff and civil society representatives attended. 

September 2013

QUNO spoke to the fundamental impact of violence on development at a live-streamed World We Want event in New York.

"Peace, Poverty and the Post-2015 Development Agenda”: QUNO was a featured speaker in the World We Want “People’s Voices” Series event, held at the UN in New York on 17 September 2013. The live stream of the event is available here.

October 2013

In & Around the UN

The New York office is pleased to share our most recent Newsletter, featuring articles on the crisis in Syria, sustainable development, women building peace, and QUNO's recognition as one of the world's 100 most influential actors in armed violence reduction.

March 2014

QUNO participated in Open Working Group 8 on the Sustainable Development Goals

Quaker House welcomed many guests during the Eighth Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. QUNO and our colleagues focused on the topic of conflict prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding and the promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance within the proposed framework for development post-2015 by engaging with side events and making statements.

May 2014

QUNO participates in Transatlantic Civil Society Dialogue on Security and Development

QUNO was invited to participate in the Transatlantic Civil Society Dialogue on Security and Development, a civil society process accompanying the EU-US High Level Consultative Group on Development. The outcome document has now been published as “Improving transatlantic approaches to fragile and conflict-affected states.”

June 2014

QUNO Contributes to Peacebuilding Commission Annual Session

QUNO was invited to participate in the first ever UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) Annual Session in New York on June 23rd, which focused on Sustainable support for peacebuilding: the domestic and international aspects. Andrew Tomlinson, QUNO Director, made comments in the workshop sessions on “The importance of inclusion, transparency and consultation in revenue mobilization” and “Long-term accompaniment of societies in transition: a role for the PBC?”

January 2015

Peace and Post-2015: What's Next?

In January QUNO hosted an informal civil society strategy session on Goal 16 and the role of related peace issues in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). After many years of inputs, from a variety of different sources and streams, the process to replace the Millennium Development Goals with the transformative SDG framework enters its final stages. 

February 2015

Launch of the White Paper on Peacebuilding

On the 27th of February 2015, QUNO, alongside its partners at the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, launched the White Paper on Peacebuilding. Published in anticipation of the 10-year review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture, this collaborative publication aims to account for a diverse range of perspectives in discussing the challenges, opportunities, and future of peacebuilding, as well the ways in which societies may work towards a sustainable peace, with the support of the UN and other international actors.

March 2015

Engagement with the New York University Center for Global Affairs on the new Sustainable Development Goals

As part of a workshop organised by the New York University Center for Global Affairs on the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), QUNO NY Director Andrew Tomlinson was one of two speakers for the opening plenary session, along with Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr from the New School for Public Engagement.

April 2015

QUNO speaks on peace education and trauma healing at Commemoration event on the Genocide in Rwanda

On 8 April QUNO was invited to be part of a  commemoration event organised by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Rwanda in Geneva on “The legacy of the genocide against the Tutsi: from hate speech to fighting denial and fostering harmony“ at the Palais des Nations. Diane Hendrick spoke on recent peace education initiatives at both NGO and government level in Rwanda and underlined the necessity for peace education to be supported by trauma healing in order to be effective,  illustrating this by the work of Quaker Peace House in Rwanda. 

April 2015

Peace and Post-2015: Into the Home Stretch

As the post-2015 inter-governmental negotiations continue to move towards finalising a new development agenda, we are pleased to bring you an Author's Original Manuscript version of the article "Peace and Post-2015: Into the Home Stretch," that was recently published in the Journal for Peacebuilding and Development. Written by QUNO New York Director and UN Representative, Andrew Tomlinson, the piece reflects on the current state of play of the inclusion of peace issues in the soon to be agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

May 2015

QUNO goes to Washington: Alliance for Peacebuilding Conference Meetings

QUNO New York Director Andrew Tomlinson participated in the Alliance for Peacebuilding 2015 Annual Conference, Peacebuilding and Democracy in a Turbulent World, to provide a UN perspective on peace and development issues, including leading a group discussion as part of a session on the State of the Peacebuilding Field. QUNO has sought to reinforce links between peacebuilding policy discussions at the UN and other policy centers, such as Washington DC. 

June 2015

Funding for Peace: Lessons Learned

The Quaker United Nations Office and the NYU Center on International Cooperation (CIC) hosted an informal discussion at Quaker House on lessons learned in funding for peace. The event involved representatives from the UN, Member States and civil society, and sought to identify how such lessons might be reflected in the outcome document, the Addis Ababa Accord, of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, in July 2015.