Quaker United Nations Office, New York (QUNO), presentation at a seminar hosted by the United Nations Office at Geneva and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform on 15th June, 2012: “20 Years of ‘An Agenda for Peace’: A New Vision for Conflict Prevention?”
Andrew Tomlinson traces the evolution of UN activity in support of Peacebuilding and Prevention of Violent Conflict from 1991 to the present under sections labeled:
QUNO Representative Camilla Campisi with members of the Kibimba Peace Committee in Burundi (credit: QUNO)
Peacebuilding policy and practice continues to evolve at the UN, and while support for national ownership and building local capacity are frequently highlighted, UN peacebuilding often takes a top down, rather than a bottom up, approach. QUNO continued to engage with the UN work in Burundi, contributing to discussions on peacebuilding and transitional justice. We worked with Chinese academics to explore the UN’s approach to peacebuilding and peacekeeping, including jointly hosting delegation visits to the African Great Lakes region and to New York.
QUNO Representative Sarah Clarke with visiting Chinese scholars to the UN in New York (credit: Jason Tower)
The prevention of violent conflict is one of the principal charter objectives of the UN, yet the prevention discussion remains fragmented and lacking in focus. QUNO continues to raise awareness about local peacemaking initiatives in Myanmar and encourages a balanced approach to the region. The work with China and with other ‘rising power’ Member States continues to make significant progress. QUNO has been an active participant in policy discussions about the future direction of work on the prevention of violent conflict at the UN.
Hemos trabajado incansablemente para llevar a los procesos internacionales los puntos de vista de los cuáqueros, enfocándonos en las áreas de consolidación de la paz, prevención de conflictos armados, derechos humanos y refugiados, y justicia económica global.
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