The Quaker UN Office does major portions of Disarmament and Peacebuilding work in Geneva through what is known as the Geneva Forum, a unique collaborative project with two other Geneva-based institutions, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
The current programme of the Geneva Forum, entitled «Clearing Paths to Progress in Disarmament and Arms Control», has as its overarching objective to contribute to international peace and security by building partnerships among and between governments, international organisations and NGOs on disarmament and arms control issues of common concern.
The work of the Geneva Forum comprises three main tracks:
- Building agendas around new and emerging issues in arms control and disarmament
- Supporting ongoing arms control and disarmament negotiations
- Promoting the implementation of arms control and disarmament agreements.
In carrying out this work, the Geneva Forum interacts closely with government missions to the United Nations, international organisations, NGOs and the media, and actively engages Geneva’s important, humanitarian, development and human rights communities in its disarmament work.
Issue areas currently receiving attention in the Geneva Forum’s programme of seminars, conferences, reports, and dialogue opportunities include: small arms and light weapons, biological weapons, new weapons technologies, landmines and nuclear weapons.
Established in the late 1990s, the Geneva Forum has become a much appreciated and recognized actor by institutions and organisations within Geneva and elsewhere in the world. For full details of the Geneva Forum’s activities, see www.genevaforum.ch.