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Media Release: Australian Quakers support the UN Call for Governments to Re-Commit to Peace

Media Release: Australian Quakers support the UN Call for Governments to Re-Commit to Peace

85 organisations release statement for International Day of Peace


Australian Quakers have joined with 85 other international and domestic peacebuilding organisations to support a statement in advance of the International Day of Peace, which falls on September 21. The statement, which also comes ahead of the opening of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, calls on governments and the international community to: fully embrace the commitments to peace in the 2030 Agenda; reaffirm a commitment to human rights; foster social resilience by strengthening inclusion and addressing inequality; recommit to multilateralism as a safeguard for the most vulnerable; and protect and support civil society in fostering sustainable peace.

“In many cases, governments are pursuing security using militarised approaches, either in the absence of, or in isolation from, policies that decrease exclusion and inequality – core drivers of conflict," said Andrew Tomlinson, director of the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO). "If we are to have a hope of eliminating extreme poverty, fostering peaceful and prosperous societies, and addressing the root causes of conflict, then governments need to urgently re-align their priorities."

The Quaker United Nations Office – an organisation that represents Quaker concerns for global peace and justice to the international community – played a key role in drafting and circulating the statement. The signatories include organisations dedicated to peace from throughout the world, including faith-based groups, international development agencies, policy organizations, and others.

In 1947, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and Friends Service Council (FSC) in Britain accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of all Quakers for its work assisting and rescuing victims of the Nazis. 

Since 1947, QUNO has worked with diplomats, UN officials, and civil society to support a UN that prioritizes peace and prevents war. QUNO uses Quaker House and its convening power to facilitate off-the-record meetings and bring perspectives from outside the UN system in order to promote peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict at a policy level in New York. For more see


  • The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.


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Thursday, 20 September 2018 - 1:56pm