Cate Buchanan is a mediation support and process design specialist with subject expertise on ceasefires, violence prevention and reduction, gender equality and inclusion, drug and health policy. Currently Cate works half time for the UN Office of the Special Envoy for the Secretary General -Yemen as a Senior Adviser. The remainder of her time is spent in retainer or consultancy roles for Conciliation Resources, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, UN Women, the UN Mediation Support Unit and UNFPA Myanmar on conflict-related sexual violence. In 2018 Cate was full-time on the Standby Team of Experts for the UN Mediation Support Unit in the Department of Political Affairs providing advice on process design and gender & inclusion as a Senior Mediation Adviser. In 2019 Cate worked part-time as a Standby Team Expert and for UNFPA Myanmar as a Senior Protection Adviser, Dialogue Advisory Group, Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution, International IDEA. Cate has country or process expertise on Abkhazia, Georgia, Indonesia, Libya, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, South Ossetia, Thailand, and Yemen.
From mid-2014 Cate worked extensively in Myanmar as the first Technical Adviser to the Myanmar Alliance for Gender Inclusion in the Peace Process and as a consultant to the Nyein (Shalom) Foundation. From mid-2015 to October 2017 Cate was an independent Senior Peacebuilding Adviser to Nyein (Shalom) Foundation and the entities it works with including armed groups. This was supported by the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives. From October 2017 to January 2018 Cate continued to provide advisory support to the Myanmar signatory armed groups on inclusive national dialogue processes and on Women, Peace and Security initiatives. Examples of other work in Myanmar are available on LinkedIn.
Previously Cate spearheaded the Surviving Gun Violence Project. In 2014 she was the Chief Editor of the book Gun Violence, Disability and Recovery. Cate worked for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue from 2001 to 2013, firstly managing the Arms Programme, and from 2008 as a Senior Adviser supporting peacemaking initiatives in Asia & the Pacific, leading research processes, and incorporating gender inclusion strategies in mediation activities. Cate has also worked as a consultant developing guidance for the UN International Small Arms Control Standards and for UNDP on strengthening national gun laws. In 2004/05 she was based in Brazil on secondment to Viva Rio as a human security adviser. Previous roles are outlined here.
Cate is a Gender Equality Specialist in the Australian Government civilian experts pool, 'Australia Assists' and a member of the Women Mediators Across the Commonwealth Network. Cate has degrees from the Australian National University (Development Studies and International Relations) and Sydney University (Master of Health Policy).