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Peacebuilding Offices

The Security Council has established a number of political offices to support its peacebuilding work in post-conflict areas. Below is a list of all peacebuilding offices established by the Security Council, with a short description prepared on the basis of the content of the Repertoire, as well as links to the sections covering them in the Repertoire. They are organized by region, and then under relevant areas or subregions, placed chronologically starting with those established most recently. The Repertoire also covers information on the Peacebuilding Commission, which was jointly established by the Security Council and the General Assembly. For more information on Peacebuilding offices, please visit the Department of Political Affairs website. Studies on the thematic agenda items relating to peacebuilding can be found here.


  1. Africa
  2. Americas
  3. Asia
  4. Europe
  5. Middle East


Central African Republic

United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office in the Central African Republic (BONUCA)

Following the withdrawal of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (MINURCA), BONUCA was established on 15 February 2000 to support the Transitional Government’s efforts to consolidate peace and national reconciliation, strengthen democratic institutions, and facilitate the mobilization at the international level of political support and resources for national reconstruction and economic recovery in the country.


United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS)

UNIOGBIS was established on 26 June 2009 to succeed UNOGBIS in assisting the Peacebuilding Commission in its multidimensional engagement with Guinea-Bissau as well as enhancing cooperation with the African Union, ECOWAS, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, the European Union and other partners in efforts to contribute to the stabilization of Guinea-Bissau.

United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS)

UNOGBIS was established on 6 April 1999, to facilitate the general election in Guinea-Bissau as well as to assist in the implementation of the Abuja Agreement of 26 August 1998. Following the ouster of the President of Guinea-Bissau on 7 May 1999, UNOGBIS was adjusted to accommodate changed circumstances on the ground; to assist in national reconciliation efforts, to create a stable environment to allow free elections and to promote confidence building measures.


United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office in Liberia (UNOL)

UNOL was established on 1 November 1997, following the elections and the withdrawal of the United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia (UNOMIL). UNOL focused on the promotion of reconciliation and the strengthening of democratic institutions, political support for efforts to mobilize international resources and assistance for national recovery and reconstruction; and coordination of United Nations efforts related to peacebuilding. It was followed-on by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

Sierra Leone

United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL)

UNIPSIL was established on 4 August 2008, to succeed the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) with a mandate to provide political advice to foster peace and political consolidation, offer support and training to the national police and security forces, and build the capacity of democratic institutions in furtherance of good governance and the promotion and protection of human rights.




The United Nations Tajikistan Office of Peacebuilding (UNTOP)

UNTOP was established on 1 June 2000 in order to consolidate peace and promote democracy in Tajikistan. UNTOP was mandated to provide the political framework and leadership for post-conflict peace-building activities of the United Nations system in the country, and to mobilize international support for the implementation of targeted programmes aimed at strengthening the rule of law, demobilization, voluntary arms collection and employment creation for former irregular fighters. The Office ended in August 2007.


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