Areas of Work

Peacebuilding & Prevention of Violent Conflict

QUNO’s work on Peacebuilding and the Prevention of Violent Conflict takes place in both its New York and Geneva offices. In New York, QUNO works broadly in the areas of reconciliation & dialogue, the role of emerging powers, and the inclusion of local perspectives.  In Geneva, there is a focus on armed violence, disarmament, and the relationship between peace, development, and the environment.

QUNO helps to bridge the gap between civil society actors in the field and the UN in New York.

QUNO supports a more holisitic approach to peacebuilding and prevention by the UN through the promotion of reconciliation and dialogue activities.

QUNO works to share perspectives and foster constructive engagement with emerging powers at the UN.

We focus on the demand side of the weapons 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.

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. By the mid-1990s QUNO also recognised that tremendous damage to communities and societies was being done by conventional weapons, particularly small arms and landmines, and worked to raise awareness of this problem and seek effective ways to tackle it at international level.

QUNO engages with the broader policy debates on peacebuilding and prevention at the UN in New York. From time to time QUNO also works on topical situations such as Palestinian statehood.

We take a conflict prevention and peacebuilding approach to natural resource management, encouraging dialogue, cooperation and the constructive handling of conflicts.

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).