New director for QUNO

'QUNO brings the unique Quaker approaches of listening to and engaging all, providing space, and seeing beyond borders.'

Photo: Sarah Clarke, courtesy AFSC

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the Quaker United Nations Committee (New York) have announced that Sarah Clarke will be the new director of Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) New York.

QUNO said that the appointment will bring her ‘expertise and passion… as we face the increasing challenges of global conflict, climate change and Covid-19’. Sarah Clarke is a former Quaker UN Representative for New York from 2002-2014, with over twenty years of experience in peacebuilding and conflict transformation in international settings. She is a member of Ottawa Monthly Meeting.

Describing the appointment as ‘a great honour’, Sarah Clarke said: ‘Quaker engagement at the UN is more important than ever as we face planet-wide challenges that need global solutions. QUNO brings the unique Quaker approaches of listening to and engaging all, providing space, and seeing beyond borders. We stand at a juncture in time when these simple gifts are needed more than ever to support the UN to fully live into its mission, and I am excited to take on this important responsibility.’

Paul Parker, recording clerk for Britain Yearly Meeting, said: ‘I’m very much looking forward to working with Sarah Clarke as she takes up her position in New York. Quakers in Britain works closely with the Quaker United Nations Offices in New York and Geneva to further Quaker concerns for human rights, climate justice and peace. The appointments of Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge in Geneva and Sarah Clarke in New York are an exciting new step for QUNO, and British Quakers will benefit from their creativity and expertise as they lead the organisations in the years to come.’

The appointment will start on 1 November.

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