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November 2011

Chinese Scholars Visit New York

QUNO and the American Friends Service Committee hosted a visit by four leading UN scholars from China to the UN in New York. The visit included a public event, co-hosted with the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, entitled “Chinese Perspectives on UN Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding”. The event, attended by UN staff, diplomats, and NGOs, provided an introduction to current research activities within China and an opportunity for informal discussion and exchange.

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November 2011

Second Ministerial Review Conference of the Geneva Declaration

QUNO played a large role in bringing eighty CSOs to engage with the Second Ministerial Review Conference of the Geneva Declaration in November 2011.

QUNO worked to ensure that the programming experience of civil society organisations (CSO’s) was included in the understanding of what is currently being done to tackle the problem of armed violence around the world.

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January 2012

Backhouse Lecture by David Atwood

Former QUNO Director David Atwood, who retired in 2011, presented the Backhouse Lecture at Australia Yearly Meeting describing his work seeking disarmament and peace at the UN over many years. We are grateful to Australian Quakers for making available the book published to accompany his lecture.

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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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May 2012

Swarthmore Lecture by Rachel Brett

Rachel Brett delivered the Swarthmore lecture at Britain Yearly Meeting on 26 May. Entitled Snakes and Ladders, it described Quaker work on human rights at the United Nations.

This work has brought real change for many, including conscientious objectors and child soldiers. The Swarthmore Lectureship, established in 1907, provides for the publication of a book as well as the public lecture. For information about the book and how to order it please email us at quno@quno.ch.

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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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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

20 Years of 'An Agenda for Peace'

QUNO New York Director Andrew Tomlinson was one of three panelists at a Geneva Peacebuilding Platform seminar entitled "20 Years of ‘An Agenda for Peace’: A new vision for conflict prevention?” His full remarks are available in the document Putting the Pieces Together: Towards a Unified Approach to Prevention at the UN.

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July 2012

UN Adopts First-ever Resolution on Conscientious Objection

On 6 July, the UN Human Rights Council adopted its first-ever resolution on conscientious objection to military service. The resolution requires the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to publish a regular report on new developments, best practices and remaining challenges regarding conscientious objection around the world. This will ensure that developments at international and regional level, in many of which QUNO is involved, will be brought to the attention of a wide audience, including all governments.

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September 2012

Panel Discussion on Intellectual Property in Agriculture at the World Trade Organization Public Forum in Geneva

A QUNO-IIED (Quaker UN Office - International Institute for Environment and Development) panel at the World Trade Organisation Public Forum in Geneva, September 2012 explored the complex international landscape on intellectual property relating to agriculture. The panel considered the main features of the international intellectual property framework through the following questions:

  • Does the intellectual property system stimulate innovation?
  • How does it meet the needs of farmers and consumers?
  • In what directions is it likely to evolve?
  • Are new rules or new processes needed to ensure it responds to changing farming needs?

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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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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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