Quaker United Nations Office Geneva names new Director

The Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva has announced on August 10th, that Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge will be their next Director.

QUNO says ‘’Following an international search process, the Quaker UN Office is delighted to announce that Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge has been selected as the incoming Director of QUNO Geneva. Nozizwe, a South African national, is a member of the Quaker Community in the Western Cape Meeting.’’

If you’re unfamiliar with Nozizwe’s work, you can watch her giving Britain Yearly Meeting’s Salter Lecture in July 2021, and her FWCC Quaker Conversation Session from February 2021, when she joined Friends around the world to talk about parallels between apartheid and a pandemic mentality.

FWCC works at the United Nations through the Quaker United Nations Offices in New York and Geneva, and the Crimes Commission. As the world body for the Religious Society of Friends, FWCC holds General Consultative Status at the United Nations (UN), giving Quaker United Nations Offices (QUNO) the highest level of accreditation at the UN. Through this, QUNO acts on Quaker concerns at the United Nations. FWCC supports both Quaker United Nations Offices, in part, by appointing half of the members of the governing committees, and the FWCC General Secretary serves ex officio on both committees. The FWCC appointees are drawn from the four Sections in order to ensure broad Quaker representation and to promote QUNO’s work among Friends.

As QUNO says, Nozizwe ‘’has broad experience in her home country and distinguished and influential service in government, civil society and advocacy. Nozizwe has an honorary Doctorate of Law from Haverford College, diplomas in microbiology and adult education, a degree in social science and an honours degree in philosophy.’’

We are thrilled to welcome Nozizwe to her service, and invite Friends around the world to join us in doing so too!

Read QUNO’s full announcement.