Timeline

Inclusion of Local Perspectives

QUNO helps to bridge the gap between civil society actors in the field and the UN in New York.
Event of Note
January 2010

Publication of Ripples into Waves

QUNO facilitated a visit by Carolyn Hayman, Chief Executive of Peace Direct to Quaker House in New York to lead a discussion with representatives of the UN peacebuilding community on the potential for locally-led peacebuilding initiatives to create “peace writ large”. This discussion led to the publication by Peace Direct and QUNO of Ripples into Waves, an analysis of how civil society peacebuilding processes can scale successfully.

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November 2010

Worldwide Civil Society "Best Practice" Seminars

QUNO co-organised platforms for civil society leaders and practitioners to present their work and interact with professionals from governments and development cooperation agencies on Armed Violence and Development, during regional "Best Practice" seminars in Nairobi, Rio de Janeiro, Kathmandu, Abuja and Zagreb. These seminars were held between between November 2010 and September 2011.

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June 2011

Public Statement on Fighting in Northern Myanmar

In June 2011, QUNO New York worked with other partner organisations to publish a public statement in response to fighting that had erupted in northern Myanmar. The statement included recommendations for immediate action by the Government of Myanmar and the Kachin Independence Army, as well as supportive measures to be taken by China, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the UN.

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March 2012

Consolidating Peace: Liberia and Sierra Leone

QUNO organized a public event co-hosted by the Delegation of the European Union to the UN with London-based NGO Conciliation Resources to launch their Accord series report entitled Consolidating Peace: Liberia and Sierra Leone which highlights the perspectives of civil society and local actors on ways forward in the areas of peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict in both countries.

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June 2012

Peacebuilding in Burundi: A visit from Adrien Niyongabo

QUNO New York hosted a visited by a Burundian Quaker, Adrien Niyongabo, with the local grassroots organization Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC). At a meeting at Quaker House with experts from the UN and diplomats, Adrien shared his experiences in trauma healing and reconciliation in Burundi as well as his perspectives on the national truth and reconciliation process.

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June 2012

Building Just Societies

 QUNO participated in an international workshop on the topic of Building Just Socieities: Reconciliation in Transitional Settings held in Accra, Ghana. The workshop was organized by the UN Peacebuilding Support Office and QUNO played a key role in the design and implementation of this initiative. QUNO Director Andrew Tomlinson also facilitated one of the workshop sessions on the topic of Stakeholders and the Role of Civil Society in Reconciliation.

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February 2013

Workshop for New Members of the PBC

QUNO New York and the International Peace Institute co-organized a workshop for new and incoming members of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) in February 2013. The half-day workshop for expert level diplomats focused on a range of topics relating to the PBC including political accompaniment, reconciliation & peacebuilding, and defining the role of PBC membership.

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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.

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January 2014

Breakfast dialogue on Peace, Poverty and Violence

In December QUNO,  the Baha’i International Community: United Nations Office, and ATD Fourth World partnered to host a breakfast dialogue on the topic of “Peace, poverty, and violence; interlinkages for sustainable development.” The breakfast was attended by a wide range of UN staff, Member States, and representatives from civil society. Keynote speakers included a representative from the Permanent Mission of Timor Leste, as well as Sarah Cliffe, special adviser and assistant secretary-general of Civilian Capacities to the United Nations. Sarah Cliffe stated that “The impact of violence and conflict on social and economic development is deep,” said Dr. Cliffe. “Many countries have seen their development held back by these factors.” A summary note and agenda from the meeting are available here.

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March 2014

QUNO contributes to AFSC article on Syrian women’s participation in peace processes

March marks women’s history month, and at the UN is the very busy time of the Commission on the Status of Women. QUNO New York staff contributed the UN perspective to this article produced by American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), highlighting the importance of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security, among other international tools for the inclusion of women in peacebuilding.

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June 2014

QUNO hosts photo exhibit This Light That Pushes Me: Stories of African Peacebuilders

QUNO hosted an evening reception for the photography exhibition, This Light That Pushes Me: Stories of African Peacebuilders at Quaker House in New York. This photography exhibition highlights African Quaker peacebuilders from nine sub-Saharan African countries who have all experienced some form of violence and are now working for peace in their local communities. The exhibition, and accompanying book, trace the journeys that have transformed that suffering into a force for social change. In addition to colleagues and friends from the UN, QUNO was very pleased to be joined by Adrien Niyongabo from the local organization Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) in Burundi, who is one of the Quaker African peacebuilders featured in the exhibition and book. 

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June 2014

QUNO hosts discussion on Peaceland book

QUNO hosted an informal discussion at Quaker House in New York for Dr. Severine Autesserre from Barnard College to share the findings of her new book Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention. Peaceland offers a fascinating new explanation for why international peace interventions often do not reach their full potential. Through field-based research in conflict zones around the world, Dr. Autesserre demonstrates how normal everyday habits, practices, and personal narratives can influence the way in which peacebuilding is done on the ground.

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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?”

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July 2014

Fellow Position with QUNO New York

Our New York office is pleased to announce a one-year Fellow position, with a start date of 1 October, 2014. The Fellow will assist QUNO senior staff to develop QUNO programs and implement program activities. In particular, the Fellow will work on one or more focused projects with a particular focus on ongoing QUNO activities that bridge UN efforts in the areas of social and economic development. These will include the exploration of creative responses to international conflict for QUNO, including non-violent policy alternatives, as well as supporting QUNO’s work on the UN’s post-2015 sustainable development agenda. To apply, click here. The application deadline is 20 July, 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time.

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