Quaker United Nations Office
The Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) is a non-governmental organisation representing the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) at the United Nations. Parent bodies of QUNO are the Friends World Committee for Consultation, American Friends Service Committee and Quaker Peace and Social Witness. FWCC holds consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and has offices in Geneva and New York.
In June 2013, Andrew Tomlinson and Jonathan Woolley, Directors of the New York and Geneva offices, were listed jointly by Action On Armed Violence, one of the leading organisations in the area, as one of the 100 most influential global actors in armed violence reduction.
Citation: "Andrew Tomlinson & Jonathan Woolley are Directors of the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO). With offices in New York (Tomlinson) and Geneva (Woolley), QUNO represents the Friends through working with governments, UN Agencies and NGOs. QUNO work on a number of issues connected to reducing violence including peace building, disarmament and the prevention of conflict. They also have a particular focus on facilitating dialogue. In 2010 they conducted “quiet diplomacy” in Burundi to encourage civil society participation in the peace building process. Before joining QUNO Tomlinson worked in the financial sector in London and New York, while Woolley has worked in agricultural research, development and capacity building in some fifty countries. Twitter: @QuakerUNOffice"
Areas of work
- Peacebuilding and Prevention of Violent Conflict
- Disarmament and Peace
- Human Rights and Refugees
- Food and Sustainability
- Human Impacts of Climate Change
- Justice and Prisons
- Child Soldiers (1970s-2000)
- Internally Displaced Persons
- Trade & Development (1990s-2008)
- UN Human Rights Council
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