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United Nations Peacebuilding Commission

Structure & membership

Photo of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressing the PBC.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses PBC, 27 June 2007.

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The PBC operates in three principal configurations to marshal resources at the disposal of the international community and propose integrated strategies for post-conflict peacebuilding in countries emerging from conflict:

With assistance from the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), the configurations bring together the United Nations' broad capacities and experiences in conflict prevention, mediation, peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance, reconstruction, the promotion of human rights and the rule of law, and long-term sustainable development assistance.

Civil Society Engagement

Civil society may engage with the PBC and its related activities in a variety of ways. At UN headquarters, civil society organizations are encouraged to attend meetings of the Commission and may informally contribute to the PBC’s work by providing written submissions to the PBC members and the Peacebuilding Support Office. Civil society organizations may also participate in certain meetings of the PBC country-specific configurations, often called NGO informal briefings.

In countries receiving advice from the Commission, national and local civil society organizations are encouraged to engage in national consultations on the peacebuilding frameworks. Civil society representatives may also periodically participate in meetings of the PBC and serve as members of the Joint Steering Committees, which oversees the Peacebuilding Fund.