Quakers at the United Nations (QUNO)
Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) is based in Geneva and New York.
There has been a Friends Centre in use by Quakers in Geneva since the 1920s when the the League of Nations headquarters was established in Geneva, Switzerland after the first world war.
In 1948, Friends sought and obtained consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, in the name of Friends World Committee for Consultation (the worldwide body of Friends), and re-established the office in Geneva and set up one in New York as Quaker offices to the United Nations (QUNOs).
Both offices are a partnership between FWCC, and in New York, American Friends Service Committee and in Geneva with QPSW.
Celebrating the work of the Quaker UN Office
This video introduces QUNO Geneva’s staff, our work and what is unique about what we do. To watch the video, please click here [MPeg 136 Mb - new window. It may take some time to download].
Current Work at Geneva
There are three programmes at QUNO Geneva:
- Disarmament and Peace Programme
- Human Rights and Refugee Programme
- Global Economic Issues Programme
More detailed information on this work including a complete list of all QUNO Geneva publications can be found on their website: http://www.quno.org/ [offsite link].
All QPSW one-year workers write regular Journal Letters. The current journal letters are available on the website. You can sign up to an email notification when they are updated. The current placement workers at QUNO are Ellie Moseley-Roberts and Haifa Rashed.
- Emily Graham is the Quaker United Nations Geneva programme assistant working on the Human Rights and Refugees programme. She will work across the main programme areas of children of prisoners, protection of refugees, conscientious objection to military service, rights of indigenous people and women in prison. She will also be following the Human Rights Council.
- Claire Rodgerson is the Quaker United Nations Office Geneva programme assistant working on Global Economic Issues. Her work will focus in particular on trade and investment in agriculture, from a food security and equity perspective.
Journeys in the Spirit
The children’s edition of Journeys in the Spirit offers a variety of activities on a theme suitable for children’s meeting (ages 4 to 12). Edition 11 introduces children to QUNO.
The Quaker UN Summer School at Geneva (above is a picture of the 2012 participants) is an opportunity for young adults to get together and learn about QUNO and international relations at the UN.
Summer School alumni network
In 2012 a Quaker UN Summer School at Geneva alumni network was established. Read more about it here.
From Quaker News: updates about QUNO
A preview of the 2012 Swarthmore Lecture by Rachel Brett appeared in the Spring 2012 edition of Quaker News.
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