ECOSOC and the Peacebuilding Commission

The legislative basis for a relationship between ECOSOC and the PBC is derived from General Assembly resolutions 60/180 and 61/16.  The institutional junction between the two bodies operates at three levels: (1) the presence within the Organizational Committee of the Commission of 7 Members of the Council; (2) the fact that the Commission establishes its agenda based, inter alia, on requests for advice from the Council “with the consent of a concerned Member State in exceptional circumstances on the verge of lapsing or relapsing into conflict and with which the Security Council is not seized in accordance with Article 12 of the Charter” (para. 12 (b)); and (3) the fact that the Council can take action on the recommendations by the Peacebuilding Commission (para.14).



In its resolution 2009/32, the Economic and Social Council invited the Peacebuilding Commission to strengthen its cooperation with the Economic and Social Council, including through an enhance dialogue between the Council and the Chairpersons of the Commission’s country-specific configurations, and invited the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission to inform it of the economic and social challenges of peacebuilding in the African countries on the Commission’s agenda. In 2016, the review of the United Nations peacebuilding architecture (A/RES/70/262 and S/RES/2282 (2016)) stressed the importance of closer cooperation between ECOSOC and the PBC, and the centrality of development to sustaining peace.