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Peacebuilding & Prevention of Violent Conflict

QUNO seeks to encourage a more holistic approach to peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict at the UN that takes into account local perspectives and the rebuilding of relationships. This includes a focus on the connections between peace, development, and the environment.
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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March 2013

QUNO makes statement at the Human Rights Council 22nd session

QUNO made a statement to the Independent Expert on human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment at the Human Rights Council 22nd session. QUNO drew particular attention to the valuable role that peacebuilding approaches can play in fulfilling procedural rights relating to natural resource management .

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April 2013

UN Foundation, International Peace Institute and QUNO bring together UN system around conflict, violence and instability within the post-2015 development agenda

On 26 April, QUNO, UNF and IPI, in collaboration with the Executive Office of the Secretary General, hosted an all-day event with senior representatives of the UN secretariat, agencies, funds and programs on “Conflict, Violence, and Instability in the Post-2015 Development Agenda”. The objective was to facilitate a discussion to identify common insights and objectives across the UN system around the inclusion of issues of peace and stability.

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Event of Note
May 2013

Beijing Seminar on Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding, and Peacemaking

In coordination with the American Friends Service Committee and the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum of the Social Science Research Council, QUNO New York organized a three day seminar for leading Chinese scholars, UN experts, and civil society and academics from Africa on the topic of Towards Coordinated Responses to Conflict: Perspectives on United Nations Peacemaking, Peacekeeping, and Peacebuilding, which took place at the Beijing Foreign Studies University in China.

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June 2013

QUNO One of World's 100 Most Influential Actors in Armed Violence Reduction

In the category of NGO and not-for-profit leaders, QUNO Directors Andrew Tomlinson and Jonathan Woolley have been named by Action on Armed Violence as among the world’s 100 most influential actors in armed violence reduction.

 

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June 2013

QUNO briefs the OECD–based International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF)

QUNO New York spoke to the OECD–based International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF) on peace issues in the post-2015 development agenda, including a first look at the report of the High Level Panel.

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September 2013

New research on peaceful societies launched at Quaker House in New York

Together with the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and the United Nations Inter-Agency Framework Team for Preventive Action, QUNO hosted the New York launch of IEP’s new study “Pillars of Peace”, with Mr Steve Killelea AM, Founder and Executive Chair, on 27 September 2013. This new research sets out to understand and measure the attitudes, institutions and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies. Read more and download the report.

 

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September 2013

QUNO co-hosts a High Level Side Event in the opening week of the 68th General Assembly on Stability and Peace

QUNO and the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding hosted a High Level  Side Event on “Stability & Peace: Finding the Heart of Sustainable Development" at Scandinavia House in New York in the opening week of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly, featuring civil society representatives from Kenya, Liberia and Nigeria, the Director General of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, a leading Chinese academic, and Jan Naidoo from South Africa. Ninety diplomats, UN staff and civil society representatives attended. 

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September 2013

Water Management and Peacebuilding Seminar at the World Water Week in Stockholm

QUNO held - together with CARE International, Catholic Relief Service, CGIAR Challenge Programme on Water and Food; Howard G. Buffett Foundation; International Institute for Environment and Development and International Union for Conservation of Nature - a seminar on “Water Management and Peacebuilding: Connecting the Local to International Policy” at the Stockholm World Water Week in September. The seminar shared examples of policy and practice that bring water, land and food management together with peacebuilding and rights-based approaches. The seminar further explored ways to bring local communities into decision making around natural resource management, and ensure that local experience can inform national and international policy.  

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September 2013

Post-2015 Peace & Stability

QUNO recently contributed to an article in ‘Global Policy’ on the centrality of Peace & Stability to Sustainable Development and the post-2105 framework.

"In societies impacted by chronic violence and instability, you just can’t go in and attempt to deliver against development objectives in a way that works in other places,” says Andrew Tomlinson, Quaker representative to the United Nations in New York. “These are the environments where the MDG’s largely have failed, and they are now home to the majority of the poorest of the poor. If you’re trying to address hunger or education or healthcare but there’s no personal security, there’s weak governance and ineffective institutions, you can’t actually get to what you want to get at."

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October 2013

QUNO holds public lecture on “Building peace around land, food and water” at Earlham College, Indiana

 Diane Hendrick spoke to QUNO Geneva's work on natural resources, conflict and cooperation. She was also at Earlham College consulting on the issues of environment, natural resources and climate change in the review of the Oxford University Press International Encyclopedia of Peace.

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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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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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November 2013

QUNO hosts a lunch discussion on "Peacebuilding in the African Great Lakes Region: A view from China"

A diverse and engaged group of UN staff, member states, and civil society members gathered at Quaker House in New York on 7 November to hear a group of leading Chinese academics share their work on Peacebuilding in the African Great Lakes Region. It was a lively conversation, with many personal anecdotes and the sharing of experiences from many different actors. Discussion included the inter-linkages between peacebuilding and peacekeeping in countries such as Burundi and DRC, and what role China might play to support efforts that build national ownership and encourage local solutions to conflict.

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December 2013

QUNO attends Mandela Memorial at historic Riverside Church

Members of the QUNO New York staff attended a memorial service at the Riverside Church on 11 December to honour the life of Nelson Mandela. While we are deeply saddened by his death, we are reminded that the work towards a more just and peaceful world is as important now as ever. With deep inequalities that persist in our own neighbourhoods, and the continued use of violent means to solve global issues, we must look within to see how in our own lives and work we can actively contribute to a more peaceful and just world.

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