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24 October 2008

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Sunniva Taylor reports on the Quaker UN Summer School that took place this summer in Geneva

In July I spent two weeks in Geneva learning about the United Nations, taking part in the Geneva Summer School – a packed two weeks of lectures, visits, discussions and debate organised by Quaker Peace & Social Witness and the Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva (QUNO)
  • It was a fortnight full of learning about how the UN is organised, what its various agencies do, what it is like to work for the UN or for an organisation that attempts to influence it, the role of QUNO and more

  • What became clear over the course of the fortnight is that the United Nations is not one cohesive organisation; rather it is a complex system of bodies and agencies
  • It is also not separate from the countries and people that it was set up to represent and to protect
  • It is those people and those countries
  • This is the strength of the United Nations system, but it is also what can make decision-making and change-making a challenge

  • Sunniva Taylor

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