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Andrew Tomlinson, director of Quaker United Nations Office

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Andrew Tomlinson is the Quaker UN representative and director of the Quaker UN Office (QUNO) in New York. Quakers have been active at the United Nations in New York and Geneva since 1947, accompanying the UN’s work on peace and justice through facilitation and quiet advocacy. QUNO New York is focused on the issues of peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict and connects with partners and local communities doing peace work on the ground and at a policy level around the world. QUNO collaborates closely with AFSC program colleagues, for example in relation to work in Burundi and China, and maintains active links with Quaker agencies and peacebuilding organizations globally. In 2013, QUNO was named as one of the most influential global actors in the reduction of armed violence. 

Andrew joined QUNO in 2008. He holds master’s degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Pennsylvania, where he specialized in South Asia and the Middle East. Andrew was married to his wife, Ursula, in Central Philadelphia Friends Meeting in 1984. They now live in New York City and have two adult children. Andrew and Ursula are members of Chatham-Summit Monthly Meeting in New Jersey, part of New York Yearly Meeting.