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September 1988

QUNO supports work of NGOs in Cambodia

Quaker House luncheons introduce the work of NGOs in
Cambodia, including that of several Friends service bodies, leading to incorporation of a Quaker perspective in UN peace plan.

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September 1989

Burmese Diplomatic Meetings

QUNO hosts the leadership of the Burmese democratic opposition at Quaker House in quiet one-on-one meetings with country representatives and UN agency staff.

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January 1998

Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers

We helped to found the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, an international organization that seeks to end the use of child soldiers, advocate for the release of unlawfully recruited children, promote their successful reintegration into civilian life, and call for accountability for those who unlawfully recruit or use them.

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January 1999

Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention

We facilitated the adoption of a key international legal instrument to address child soldiers in 1999:  The prohibition of military use of children in the International Labour Organisation’s Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention (No. 182).

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September 1999

UN World Conference Against Racism

In partnership with other Quaker service organizations, QUNO facilitates governmental and grassroots civil society initiatives in preparation for the UN World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.

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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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