Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva
The Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) serves as a Quaker presence at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva and New York. QUNO represents Quaker concerns at the international level, under the auspices of the Friends World Committee for Consultation (Quakers), the international Quaker body which has General Consultative Status with the UN.
In addition to representing Quakers, QUNO facilitates dialogue and works on specific issues in a manner that is unusual in the UN community. QUNO advocacy is carried out in a number of ways, particularly by facilitating informal, open processes in which all participate on an equal footing. QUNO staff work with people in the UN, multilateral organisations, government delegations and non-governmental organisations to achieve changes in international law and practice.
QUNO’s work is based on the Quaker belief in the innate worth of every person. Quakers have long been active on criminal justice issues and have a pro-abolitionist history on capital punishment that spans over three centuries. QUNO’s recent work has focussed on children of prisoners. QUNO is currently investigating the impacts on children of having a parent sentenced to death or executed, something which is rarely considered.
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