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Andrew Tomlinson

Quaker UN Representative, Director Quaker UN Office NY

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Summary
In this episode of the ACUNS Current Issues Podcast, Andrew Tomlinson, Quaker UN Representative and Director, Quaker UN Office NY, joins co-host Alistair Edgar to discuss his recent article, Peace and Post-2015: Into the Home Stretch which focuses on Sustainable Development Goal 16: “Promote peaceful and inclusive institutions at all levels”. Tomlinson provides insight on the process, various pressures and interests at play in the formation of Goal 16, and what we should expect to see and hear over the next 3-6 months as Member States head into the UN Special Summit in New York in September and the COP21 in Paris in December. He discusses the challenges that Goal 16 will face as negotiations turn to questions of financing and implementation. Tomlinson also addresses how Goal 16 and the SDGs broadly will shape the future of the peacebuilding agenda for NGOs, states, and other private and global actors.

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Peace and Post-2015: Into the Home Stretch
Quaker United Nations Office

About Andrew Tomlinson

Andrew Tomlinson is Quaker United Nations Representative and Director of the Quaker UN Office (QUNO) in New York. He holds Masters Degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Pennsylvania, where he specialized in South Asia and the Middle East. Andrew joined QUNO in 2008 after working in international finance and socially responsible investing in London and New York.

The Quakers have been active at the United Nations in New York and Geneva since 1947, upholding the UN’s work on peace and justice through facilitation and quiet advocacy. The New York office is focused on the issues of peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict, and connects with partners doing peace work on the ground and at a policy level around the world. QUNO’s sister organization, the American Friends Service Committee, works with people affected by violent conflict in 15 countries.

Current topics in QUNO’s work include civil society inclusion, reconciliation and dialogue, emerging powers, the needs of societies impacted by violence and instability, and the post-2015 development agenda. In June 2013, QUNO was named as one of the 100 most influential global actors in armed violence reduction. 

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Recorded July 2015