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The Work of QUNO in New York

Since President George W. Bush’s challenge to the United Nations on September 12, 2002, a day after the first anniversary of 9/11, to “disarm Iraq by force or do nothing and face catastrophe,” the months that followed were at once frenetic, hopeful, and despairing. The majority on the Security Council was faced with two tasks that most believed could determine the fate of the Council. First, the Council had to be seen to enforce its own resolutions through the effective disarmament of Iraq; and second, it had to prevent a preemptive United States-led war on a member state🔒

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Jack T. Patterson and Lori Heninger, members of Morningside Meeting in New York, have served as Quaker representatives to the United Nations since 1998. Before then, Jack served on the staff of American Friends Service Committee since 1969. Immediately prior to assuming his current position, he served as Co-Director of the Conflict Resolution Program of AFSC’s New York Metropolitan Regional Office, where he headed the Expatriate Dialogues Program. Among his publications is The Power of Truth: A Retrospective Appraisal of the Quaker Study “Speak Truth to Power.” Lori’s work at the UN focuses on the relationship between inter-national economic systems and conflict, children in armed conflict, and global governance. Prior to this, Lori worked for the Center for Urban Community Services, a U.S.-based not-for-profit organization specializing in providing housing for the homeless and formerly homeless who have special needs. Lori is a graduate of the Columbia School of Social Work and is currently completing her doctorate in social welfare.


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