Areas of Work

Armed Violence and Development

The small arms control agenda focuses on the supply of illicit weapons and is also part of the work to control the legal trade in weapons under the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). More than half the world's small arms are in the hands of civilians. QUNO has been active in promoting consideration of the demand side of the equation – why people feel the need for such weapons – and in bringing the voices of those who are involved on the ground in programmes to counter this perception and the conditions that foster it.

What are collectively referred to as demand issues are actually a whole range of cross-cutting factors encompassing conflict, development, human rights, post-war recovery and governance. QUNO has worked to highlight some of these cross-cutting issues at the international level and has been instrumental in bringing the voices of local experience to inform such state-led initiatives as the 2006 Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development (which has now been endorsed by more than 100 States). QUNO also helped to establish the Global Alliance on Armed Violence (GAAV) in 2013, which aims to foster a coalition of actors working to prevent and reduce armed violence worldwide through collaboration at all levels.

Ongoing Activities

  • QUNO is one of 9 NGOs forming an Interim Committee to set up the Global Alliance on Armed Violence (GAAV), due to be launched at the beginning of 2013. The Global Alliance will support integrated approaches to armed violence prevention and reduction and provide a platform to exchange good practice, strengthen networking, increase advocacy potential and build up the evidence base to feed into more effective policy and programming.
  • QUNO is coordinating the Working Group of the Interim Committee (of the GAAV) on the Post 2015 Development goals (the successors to the Millennium Development Goals) with the aim of ensuring that the impact of armed violence and violent conflict is reflected in thinking about development represented by this imperfect, but nevertheless influential, global framework.

Recent Timeline Events

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. 

Many participants noted the imperative need to provide mechanisms to fund the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies. Funding Goal 16 will be critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and will require flexible, risk-tolerant and coordinated approaches that will promote resilience by addressing the root causes of violence and instability, reducing humanitarian need and building institutions in a sustainable and inclusive manner. 

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October 2013

QUNO briefs New York meeting of Geneva Declaration core group on post-2015 issues

On 30 October, QUNO  briefed a meeting of the Core Group of the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York on planned consultations for the post-2015 development agenda.   

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