Areas of Work

Role of Emerging Powers

A shifting world stage is seeing greater participation at the UN from a wider range of actors than in the past. These actors include UN member states whose leadership role and level of engagement in the international arena has greatly increased over recent years (for instance Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Turkey). Also, regional intergovernmental organisations (such as the African Union, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) have come to play an increasingly important role working in partnership with the UN to prevent violent conflict.

QUNO New York has conducted a variety of activities aimed at sharing perspectives and fostering constructive engagement with emerging powers at the UN. A particular focus of this work has been on China's increasing role in UN peacebuilding and peacemaking activities. 

Ongoing Activities

  • Through its partnership with the American Friends Service Committee in China and Africa, QUNO has engaged in a series of activities since 2011 focused on supporting academic research and facilitating discussion on the role of China in UN peacemaking, peacebuilding, and peacekeeping. These activities have included a study tour to Burundi and Congo for Chinese scholars, an exchange visit with Chinese and UN experts in New York, and a seminar in Beijing with participants from the UN, Chinese academic institutions, and African civil society.

Recent Timeline Events

April 2018

New York Peacebuilding Group holds timely and impactful civil society meetings in sidelines of UN peacebuilding event

The United Nations (UN) Secretariat held a much-anticipated High-Level Event on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace from 24-26 April. This event, convened by the President of the General Assembly (PGA), provided a forum for Member States and the UN system to assess efforts undertaken so far and the opportunities that are available to strengthen the UN’s peacebuilding work. The HLE and the many side events surrounding the meeting provided a space for civil society organizations (CSO) working on peace issues to engage with the UN and Member State stakeholders. To support the building of relationships and partnership opportunities, and to support strategic discussion on peacebuilding and sustaining peace, the New York Peacebuilding Group (NYPG), facilitated by the Quaker UN Office, held two CSO-focused meetings throughout the week. 

NYPG began the week by hosting an informal breakfast at Quaker House to provide a space for CSO colleagues from New York and visiting globally to connect with one another ahead of the HLE. This informal platform allowed for participants to meet and mingle with fellow peacebuilding practitioners, and supported the building and strengthening of partnerships amongst this diverse peacebuilding community. Following the HLE, NYPG held a reflection and strategy lunch discussion, which provided an avenue for CSO colleagues to share observations and analysis from their experiences throughout the week. Conversation focused on expectations and next steps for peacebuilding and sustaining peace, the linkages with other peace agendas such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the importance of the inclusion of women and youth, and of national ownership for peacebuilding. 

By convening these two meetings at Quaker House, NYPG was able to provide space for colleagues to openly exchange and reflect on the HLE and side events, and the next steps for peacebuilding at the UN. QUNO looks forward to continuing to facilitate NYPG and to working with the group’s members to continue to provide avenues for strategic engagement across the global CSO peacebuilding community.
 

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January 2018

In & Around the UN

Our New York office is happy to share our most recent Newsletter, "In & Around the UN," featuring reflections on a trip to Burundi; future challenges posed to peacebuilding organisations; the role of civil society in conflict prevention, and more. 

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June 2017

In & Around the UN

Our New York office is happy to share our most recent Newsletter, "In & Around the UN," featuring articles on our recent visit to the Middle East; QUNO's participation in the Women's March; reflections on Somali refugees, and more. 

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