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Ad Hoc Advisory Groups on African Countries emerging from conflict

ECOSOC Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Burundi

Chronology of events

  • 26 July 2006At the 2006 substantive session of the Economic and Social Council, the Council, taking into account the decision of the Peacebuilding Commission to address the needs of Burundi , decided to terminate the mandate of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Burundi . (Please see resolution 2006/12)
  • 13 December 2005The Burundian government officially requested the AHAG to assist in the preparation of a donor conference of development partners in Bujumbura , scheduled for mid-March 2006.
  • 29 November 2005 and 26 January 2006The AHAG held meetings with the H.E. Mrs. Antoinette Batumubwira, Minister of External Relations and International Cooperation of Burundi, who presented the development plans of the Government and underlined the need for strong donor support. The meetings were also attended by other countries that have a direct or potential interest in supporting Burundi.
  • 24 June 2005The AHAG’s report to ECOSOC emphasized the need for additional assistance by the international community to answer short and medium term needs for the transition from relief to development.
  • 4 February 2005The Chairman of the Group presented an oral report to ECOSOC, underlining that despite some progress in international assistance, more support was needed from development partners in order to consolidate the peace process and to support the transition from relief to development.
  • 10 December 2004The Advisory Group met with the UNDG/ECHA Working Group on Transition Issues. Members of the Working Group presented their main findings related to Burundi.
  • September 2004The Group met with the President of Burundi at the margins of the General Debate of the 59th session of the UN General Assembly. Discussions focused on problems related to the disbursement of aid as well as on the possibility of a follow-up mission to Burundi by the Advisory Group.
  • 21 July 2004The Chairman of the Group presented an oral report to ECOSOC, in which he urged donors to disburse the promised funds pledged during the Forum of Development Partners, held in Brussels in January 2004.
  • 11 February 2004The AHAG on Burundi presented its report to the Council (see E/2004/11). In this report, the Group underlines the various and interlinked challenges that the country is confronted with, in order to embark on the road from relief to development. It expresses its encouragement towards the efforts made by Burundi to cope with these challenges and stresses the fact that in view of the considerable humanitarian, economic and social needs of the country, a strong partnership with the international community is required for these efforts to provide results. The Group makes recommendations for consideration by the Council on the following themes: 1) maintaining the momentum and consolidating the peace process, 2) promoting stability, 3) engaging in poverty alleviation and sustainable development, and 4) reinforcing international partnership.
  • 13-14 January 2004The Group was represented at the Forum of Development Partners of Burundi, held in Brussels on 13 and 14 January 2004. Participants at the Forum pledged 1.032 billion of assistance to Burundi.
  • 4 December 2003The President of ECOSOC was invited to address the Security Council at a meeting on the situation in Burundi held on 4 December 2003. The Security Council welcomed the work of the Group in a presidential statement of 22 December 2003 (S/PRST/2003/30).
  • 19-26 November 2003The Group undertook a mission to Burundi, during which the Group met the government authorities, major socio-economic actors, United Nations entities active on the ground, the diplomatic community and other development partners.
  • 22 August 2003In decision 2003/311 of 22 August 2003, the Economic and Social Council established the Ad Hoc Advisory Group (AHAG) on Burundi.