Meetings and Activities of the Peacebuilding Commission

Meetings and Activities of the Peacebuilding Commission

See below for information of meetings and activities of the Peacebuilding Commission.

31 May 2022: Meeting on the impact of climate change on peacebuilding in the Pacific Islands 

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On 31 May 2022, the Peacebuilding Commission held an Ambassadorial-level meeting on the impact of climate change on peacebuilding in the Pacific Islands. The Commission heard briefings from the Permanent Representative of Fiji as the Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, the Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific of UNDP, the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, the Climate Envoy for the Marshall Islands, and a representative of the Pacific Community. Member States witnessed the effect of climate change in the region through “Sea of Islands”, a cinematic 360° virtual reality experience developed by the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA)’s Innovation Cell and Asia-Pacific Division, which marked the first time the Commission featured a virtual reality experience. Pacific Islands representatives, including Nauru (co-chair of the Group of Friends on Climate and Security), Kiribati, Palau and Papua New Guinea, shared the realities of serious adverse effects caused by climate change and called for the international community to take urgent actions. They asked for the Commission's support in their efforts to unlock climate finance, particularly from multilateral climate funds. The Commission echoed the concern raised by the region that climate change poses serious security challenges in countries and communities in the Pacific Islands and called for global support for the region. Many members called for the Commission to continue considering the impact of climate change on peacebuilding, utilizing its advisory, bridging and convening roles. Several delegations stressed the need for an inclusive approach and engagement with women and youth in addressing the challenges caused by climate change. They commended DPPA for its work on climate security in the Pacific, including through the Peacebuilding Fund’s project and the development of the virtual reality experience. Full recording here

19 May 2022: Meeting on Liberia

During an ambassadorial-level meeting convened by the Chair of the Liberia Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), H.E. Ms. Anna Karin Eneström, on 19 May 2022,  the Government of Liberia and international partners discussed priorities for continued support, with a focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment, including eliminating gender-based violence and promoting women’s political participation in the context of the upcoming presidential and legislative elections of 2023. Following briefings by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Gender, the Resident Coordinator, and a civil society representative, the Commission welcomed the adoption of the Revised National Gender Policy and the second National Action Plan on Women and commended Liberia for prioritizing gender equality issues, while also underlining much more needs to be done. The Commission stressed the need for greater representation of women in politics, including in the upcoming presidential and legislative elections, and underscored the importance of the 30% gender quota for candidate listings in the election law.  Several members of the Commission made the connection between empowering women and economic development and expressed full support for the implementation of the 2018-2023 Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development, which outlines targets to increase the political participation of women at the national and local levels. Several delegations highlighted concerns regarding sexual and gender-based violence, including in relation to elections, female genital mutilation, and the widespread problem of rape, and called for stronger and sustained Government action in these areas as well as the continued implementation of the Anti-SGVB Roadmap for 2020-2022. The meeting fed into preparations for a joint visit of the Configuration Chair and the ASG for Peacebuilding Support to Liberia, scheduled for 6-10 June.

The meeting was webcast on UN WebTV. Full recording here.

10 May 2022: Meeting on Youth, Peace and Security

The Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) called for more action to place young people, who make up the majority of the population in many conflict-affected countries, at the center of strategies for peacebuilding and conflict prevention. The Commission welcomed the perspectives shared by the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, the UNFPA Deputy Executive Director, youth representatives from El Salvador, Indonesia, Kenya, and Liberia, and the ASG for Peacebuilding Support during an ambassadorial-level meeting on youth, peace and security convened by the PBC Chair on 10 May. The Commission took note of a DPPA/PBSO  written update on the implementation of the Commission’s Strategic Action Plan on youth and peacebuilding since its approval in February 2021, and the recommendations contained in the second report of the Secretary-General on youth, peace and security. PBC members expressed concern about the negative effects of compounded risks, including conflict and climate change, on youth. They stressed the need to increase funding for youth-led peacebuilding initiatives and work harder to ensure greater recognition and institutionalization of the YPS agenda globally, including through the adoption of national action plans and promotion of systematic reporting of status of their implementation based on quantitative and qualitative tracking. As a follow-up to the meeting, the Commission plans to submit written advice to the Security Council.  

The meeting was webcast on UNWebTV. Full recording here.  

5-6 May 2022: Retreat of the Peacebuilding Commission

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On 5 and 6 May, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Peacebuilding Support Office hosted an in-person ambassadorial-level Retreat of the Peacebuilding Commission at Greentree Estate in Manhasset, New York. The two-day Retreat focused on how the Commission can better deliver in the face of continuing threats - from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to worsening climate impacts, growing humanitarian crises and conflicts, and the unraveling of hard-won gains in curbing poverty and closing the gender divide. Representatives of PBC members and countries under the Commission’s consideration discussed the important and interlinked elements of the Programme of Work of the PBC for 2022, with a focus on ways of (1) amplifying impact, (2) improving communications and visibility and (3) strengthening the Commission’s advisory and bridging roles. Ms. Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Ms. Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, Ms. Elizabeth Spehar, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Ms. Asako Okai, Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the UNDP Crisis Bureau, and Ms. Åsa Regnér, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women were present. Mr. Boukar Issoufou Mamadou Goni, President of NGO WARAKA in Niger, connected virtually to share his views.

 

PBC members reiterated their commitment to ensure that the Commission stays fit-for-purpose in the face of new challenges to peacebuilding. They agreed that this requires continuing focus on timely and effective support to the countries who seek to engage with the Commission, be it for example for the operationalization of the Special Criminal Court in the CAR; the timely implementation of the recommendations of the Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission in The Gambia, or advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in Liberia. Effective and timely PBC responses is a key factor in determining its future success. PBC members renewed their commitment to further strengthen links with the General Assembly, ECOSOC, and the Security Council, and agreed on the need to dedicate more resources to ensure effective deliberations and enhanced communications. In response to the recent High-Level Meeting on Financing for Peacebuilding, which took place on 27 and 29 April, many representatives expressed their support for a follow-up process of the High-Level Meeting to produce a negotiated outcome document.

20 April 2022: Meeting on Lake Chad Basin

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The Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) met on 20 April to discuss ways of increasing support for the implementation of the Regional Strategy for the Stabilization, Recovery and Resilience of the Boko Haram affected Areas of the Lake Chad Basin Region, with a focus on the critical role of the Territorial Action Plans (TAPs). The meeting was convened by the Chair as a follow-up to the third Governors Forum of the Lake Chad Basin, held in October 2021, during which the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) asked the PBC to utilize its convening and bridging platform to mobilize further support for the region’s peacebuilding priorities. Representatives of regional and sub-regional organizations, local authorities, and civil society organizations led by women and youth discussed concrete ways of enhancing local resilience, with support from the PBC. The Commission welcomed the expansion of the Lake Chad Basin Commission’s support base to include humanitarian, development, and peace actors, and encouraged sustained partnership among the LCBC, African Union (AU), Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the UN, and local actors in the implementation of the regional strategy. It welcomed in particular the use of dialogue platforms which allow key implementing actors to interact with civil society and the private sector in the conceptualization of interventions. The Commission expressed full support for placing women and youth at the heart of efforts to implement the TAPs. Many recognized the need for predictable funding for the implementation of the regional strategy, including through the establishment of a basket fund, underscoring the need for projects dedicated to strengthening institutional capacity of LCBC States to implement the regional strategy.  

 

Full recording here

Press statement here

13 April 2022: Meeting on Colombia

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On 13 April, President Ivan Duque of Colombia briefed the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) on the status of implementation of the 2016 peace agreement, alongside his Counsellor for Stabilisation and Consolidation Emilio Archila and a former combatant who represented a local agricultural cooperative. Special Representative of the Secretary-General Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Resident Coordinator Mireia Villar Forner and Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support Elizabeth Spehar participated in the meeting. Members of the Commission reiterated that Colombia’s peace process continued to serve as an example to the world of the possibility of resolving armed conflict through dialogue, and the importance of a comprehensive approach to building and sustaining peace. They recognized progress on many fronts, including in the reintegration of former combatants, while also expressing concerns over violence in conflict-affected areas, and encouraged continuing efforts to build trust with communities. They recognized the catalytic contribution of the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) and stressed the need for complementarity of different strands of technical assistance and funding, including domestic resources, innovative financing, local-level entrepreneurship, private sector investments and public-private sector partnerships. The Commission offered its platform for continuing accompaniment and advocacy in support of peacebuilding in Colombia.

The meeting was webcast on UN WebTV. Full recording here

 

8 April 2022: Meeting on the Central African Republic

On 8 April 2022, the Chair of the PBC's Central African Republic Configuration, H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale, convened a meeting on the rule of law in CAR, with a focus on transitional justice efforts and the budget deficits of the Special Criminal Court (SCC) and the Truth, Justice, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TJRRC). The meeting included briefings by MINUSCA, the Minister of Justice, and representatives of the SCC, TJRRC and an association of women lawyers.

The meeting was webcast on UN WebTV. Watch the recording here. 

22 March 2022: Meeting on the Sahel

On 22 March, PBC Vice-Chair José A. Blanco Conde chaired a meeting in support of the ten UNISS countries of the region, and the G5 Sahel countries in particular, and their efforts to address climate degradation issues from a peacebuilding and development perspective within the framework of the implementation of the UNISS/UNSP. The meeting included briefings by the G5 Sahel Executive-Secretary, the UN Development Coordinator for the Sahel, IOM Director General, FAO Director General, as well as representatives of the African Development Bank and two NGOs in Niger and Mali respectively.  The EU Special Representative to the Sahel, the AU Permanent Observer and UNOWAS Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General were also invited to participate from the floor.

The meeting was webcast on UN WebTV. Watch the recording.

22 February 2022: Meeting on Guinea-Bissau

On 22 February, the PBC Guinea Bissau Configuration Chair, H.E. Mr. Ronaldo Costa Filho, convened a meeting on the political situation to reinforce the need for continuation of the peacebuilding priorities by the UNCT following the closure of UNIOGBIS. Briefers included the Bissau-Guinean State Secretary for Communities, Ms. Salomé dos Santos Allouche; UNOWAS Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Ms. Giovanie Biha; the UN Resident Coordinator a.i., Mr. Jean Marie Kipela; and the UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Tjark Engenhoff.

The meeting was webcast by UNWebTV. Watch the recording.

4 February 2022: Meeting on the 2022 PBC Programme of Work

On 4 February, H.E. Ms. Rabab Fatima, Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, convened an Ambassadorial-level meeting to exchange views on the priorities that Member States wish to see reflected in the Provisional Annual Programme of Work of the Commission for 2022.

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1 February 2022: Election of Chairs and Adoption of Annual Report

On 1 February 2022, H.E. Mr. Osama Abdelkhalek, Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, convened the formal meeting of the PBC to consider the report of the PBC on its fifteenth session and to elect the PBC Chair, Vice-Chairs and Chairs of the PBC Country Configurations for the sixteenth session. 

The meeting was webcast on UN Webtv. Watch the video recording here

9 December 2021: PBC Meeting on Sierra Leone

On 9 December, PBC Chair H.E. Mr. Osama Abdelkhalek convened a meeting to provide an opportunity for Sierra Leone to update on progress made in its roadmap for more flexible engagement with the PBC and seek support for further mobilization of women and youth in peacebuilding and development initiatives. Briefers included H.E. Mr. David Francis, Foreign Affairs Minister; H.E. Dr. Francis Mustapha Kai Kai, Minister of Planning and Economic Development; H.E. Mr. Mohamed Oman Bangura, Minister of Youth; Dr. Nemata Majeks-Walker, Founder and First President of the 50/50 Group; Ms. Giovanie Biha, Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for UNOWAS. 

PBC Meeting on Sierra Leone

7 December 2021: Meeting on DDR and SSR

On 7 December 2021, PBC Chair H.E. Mr. Osama Abdelkhalek convened a meeting to discuss SSR and DDR contributions to peacebuilding and sustaining peace. Briefers included UN Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions, Mr. Alexandre Zouev; Mr. Tommy Tambwe, Coordinator, Disarmament, Demobilization, Community Reintegration and Stabilization programme (P-DDRCS), DR Congo; H.E. Mr. Fidele Gboroton Sarassoro, Minister/Cabinet Director, Presidency of the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire; and Ms. Jennifer Oreta, Assistant Professor of the Department of Political Science, Ateneo de Manila University, Phillipines.

PBC Meeting on DDR/SSR

2 December 2021: PBC Meeting on Chad

On 2 December, the Chair of the PBC, H.E. Mr. Osama Abdelkhalek, convened a meeting to offer the Government of Chad to present the Transitional Roadmap and brief on the progress and challenges in view of mobilizing international assistance for the transition. Briefers included H.E. the Prime Minister of Chad, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of Economy Development Planning and International Cooperation as well as the AU High Representative and Special Representative for Chad, Representative on behalf of SRSG UNOCA, World Bank Country Manager for Chad, and the President of the Cellule de Liaison et d’Information des Associations Feminines (CELIAF).

PBC Meeting on Chad

15 November 2021: Meeting on Colombia

On 15 November, the PBC Chair convened a meeting on Colombia to offer an opportunity to update the Commission on the Final Agreement’s implementation as well as to identify areas in need of further attention and support. Briefers included the Presidential Counsellor for Stabilization and Consolidation; President of the Truth Commission on behalf of the Comprehensive System for Truth, Justice, Reparations and Non-Repetition; the General Director of the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros; A representative of the Indigenous Multi-active Cooperative for Peace; the Chief Executive Officer of the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation; the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia; and the UN Resident Coordinator in Colombia.

 

The meeting was webcast on UNWebTV. Watch the recording here.

2 November 2021: Meeting on Burundi

On 2 November 2021, the PBC Burundi Configuration Chair, H.E. Ms. Pascale Baeriswyl, convened a meeting to identify ways of supporting Burundi’s efforts to promote youth economic empowerment and entrepreneurship, including through strengthened UN work. Following briefings by the PR of Burundi, the UN Resident Coordinator, a representative of Burundi’s Youth Investment Bank, five youth representatives from different sectors of the economy, and the Executive Director of Jimbere magazine, the Commission took note of Government and grass-root level strategies to prepare young men and women to fully participate in the economy, a prerequisite for sustainable peace.

PBC Meeting on Burundi

28 October 2021: PBC Meeting on the Central African Republic

On 28 October, the Chair of the Central African Republic (CAR) configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission, H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale, convened a meeting to discuss the political, electoral and rule of law situation in the country. Briefers included the Prime Ministers of the CAR, MINUSCA SRSG, and the President of the Women's Leadership Network in the CAR. 

PBC Meeting on the Central African Republic

27 October 2021: PBC Meeting on The Gambia

On 27 October 2021, PBC Chair H.E. Mr. Osama Abdelkhalek convened a meeting to discuss progress in the transitional justice process in The Gambia and encouraged prompt finalization of the report of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) and robust follow-up to the TRRC recommendations, with international support. Briefers included the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of The Gambia; the Chairperson of TRRC; UNOWAS SRSG Annadif; the President of Gambia’s Gender Platform; and the UN ASG for Peacebuilding Support.

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22 October 2021: SG Briefing on the Common Agenda

On 22 October 2021, the Secretary-General presented to the Peacebuilding Commission his report on Our Common Agenda. His remarks focused on all the recommendations contained in his report and highlighted the role of the PBC and the PBF in pursuing these, particularly as they pertain to the New Agenda for Peace.

Watch the video recording of the meeting.

13 October: Meeting on the Role of Women in Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace

On 13 October, the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, H.E. Mr. Osama Abdelkhalek, convened a meeting to take stock of efforts of the Peacebuilding Commission and the United Nations system in advancing the women, peace and security agenda, with a focus on activities that aim to enhance the leading role of women in peacebuilding and sustaining peace and to identify areas in need of priority PBC support. It also offered an opportunity to consider the Commission's advice to the Security Council ahead of its open debate on women, peace and security, as well as its gender related contributions to the General Assembly ahead of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on financing for peacebuilding.

Watch the video recording of the meeting here.

29 July 2021: Update on the PBF and Quarterly Report by CSC Chairs

On 29 June, H.E. Mr. Mohamed Edrees, Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, convened a meeting to receive an update on the activities of the Peacebuilding Fund as well as the quarterly reports by Country Specific Configuration (CSC) Chairs.

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26 July 2021: Meeting on the Great Lakes region

On 26 July,  the Chair of the PBC, H.E. Mr. Mohamed Edrees, convened a meeting on the Great Lakes to mobilize support for regional peacebuilding efforts and the implementation of the United Nations Strategy for Peace Consolidation, Conflict Prevention and Conflict Resolution in the Great Lakes Region, including for Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration of ex-combatants in the Great Lakes Region. Briefings were provided by SESG Huang Xia on the Action Plan of the regional Strategy, by the Chief of Staff of the National Oversight Mechanism of the DRC for the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region, Ms. Marie Claude Nkulu Mbayo, on on-going efforts and coordination at regional level, including consultations among the Intelligence and Security Services and by UN Resident Coordinator in Rwanda Fodé Ndiaye on the UN and PBF support to reintegration of former combatants and their dependents repatriated from the DRC to Rwanda. 

The video recording of the meeting can be found here on UN Webtv. 

 

16 July 2021: Meeting with the IMF

On 16 July, the Chair of the PBC, H.E. Mr. Mohamed Edrees, convened a meeting to discuss macroeconomic responses to conflict settings. The IMF's Deputy Director Mr. Franck Bousquet briefed on the first IMF Fragility and Conflict-affected States (FCS) Strategy, making the PBC the first external partner to be engaged as part of the recently-launched consultation phase. 

PBC Meeting with the IMF

12 July 2021: Meeting on the Central African Republic

On 12 July, the Chair of the PBC Central African Republic Configuration, H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale, convened a meeting to discuss the electoral, political and security situation in the country. Briefers included MINUSCA’s SRSG Mankeur Ndiaye and the President of the National Electoral Authority, Mr. Mathias Morouba.

PBC Meeting on the Central African Republic

6 July 2021: Meeting on Burundi

On 6 July, H.E. Ms. Pascale Baeriswyl, Chair of the PBC Burundi Configuration, convened a meeting  for the Government of Burundi and international partners to discuss Burundi’s new National Program on Peace Capitalization, Social Stability and the Promotion of Economic Growth and other related matters. Briefers included Mr. Francois Nibizi, Chief of Strategic Studies and Development, Office in the State House of the Republic of Burundi; and Ms. Jutta Hinkkanen, Head of Office, UN OCHA Burundi.

PBC Burundi Meeting

30 June 2021: Meeting on Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

On 30 June, PBC Chair H.E. Mr. Mohamed Edrees convened a meeting to take stock of ongoing efforts to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, including to help address associated human security challenges and to provide livelihood opportunities for surging youth populations, and to enourage further related coordination among national, regional and international actors. Briefers included Mr. Annadif Khatir Mahamat Saleh, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS); Mr. François Louncény Fall, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA); and Ms. Ghada Fathi Waly, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as well as representatives from ECCAS, ECOWAS and the Gulf of Guinea Commission.

PBC Meeting on Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

29 June 2021: Meeting on Guinea-Bissau

On 29 June 2021, the Chair of the PBC's Guinea-Bissau Configuration, H.E. Mr. Ronaldo Costa Filho, convened a meeting to provide the Government of Guinea-Bissau, representated by its Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Communities H.E. Ms. Suzi Barboza, the opporunity to brief PBC members on the government's plan and efforts to improve the socio-economic welfare of its citizens. 

 

PBC Meeting on Guinea-Bissau

17 June 2021: Meeting on Liberia

On 17 June, H.E. Ms. Anna Karin Eneström, Chair of the PBC Liberia Configuration convened a meeting focused on the importance of promoting social cohesion for sustaining peace in Liberia. Briefers included H.E. Mr. Varney A. Sirleaf, Minister of Internal Affairs of Liberia; H.E. Mr. Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liberia; Mr. Niels Scott, UN Resident Coordinator; and Counsellor Dr. Yvette Chesson-Wureh, Angie Brooks International Centre.

PBC Meeting on Liberia

15 June 2021: Meeting on Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

On 15 June, the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, H.E. Mr. Mohamed Edrees, convened a meeting to learn about recent efforts to strengthen coherence and partnerships for peacebuilding and sustaining peace in peacekeeping settings, and to discuss progress in the implementation of the Action for Peacekeeping commitments as well as how the PBC can promote deeper partnerships between the UN and IFIs and strengthen its own support for peacebuilding priorities at all stages of peacekeeping mandates. Briefers included Under-Secretary-General for United Nations Peace Operations, Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix; MONUSCO SRSG Ms. Bintou Keita; World Bank Acting Senior Director, Fragility, Conflict, & Violence (FCV) Mr. Stefan Emblad; and ASG for Peacebuilding Support Mr. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco.

PBC Meeting on Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

9 June: Meeting on the conclusions of the Aswan and Stockholm Forums

On 9 June 2021, the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, H.E. Mr. Mohamed Edress, convened a meeting to hear briefings on the conclusions of the Aswan Forum and the Stockholm Forum as well as to exchange views of PBC Member States. 

PBC Meeting on conclusions of Stockholm and Aswan Forums

17 May 2021: Meeting on Institution-Building

On 17 May 2021, the Peacebuilding Commission Chair, H.E. Mr. Mohamed Edrees, convened an Ambassadorial-level meeting is to discuss achievements, good practices, and lessons learned from the ground on institution-building as well as how the PBC can support institution-building strategies and address challenges. Briefers included UNDP Administrator, Mr. Achim Steiner; Presidential Counsellor for Stabilisation and Consolidation of Colombia, Mr. Emilio Archila; Chief Executive Officer of India-based NGO Pratham, Dr. Rukmini Banerji; and President of the High Authority for the Consolidation of Peace in Niger, Brigadier General Mahamadou Abou Tarka.

PBC Meeting on Institution Building

28 April 2021: Meeting on the Sahel and UNISS

On 28 April, the PBC held a meeting to discuss the situation in the Sahel region and the implementation of UNISS, with briefings by the Special Coordinator for the Sahel; DSRSG UNOWAS; AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security and a local NGO representative in Niger, and floor interventions from the PR of Chad on behalf of the G5 Sahel; EUSR; ECOWAS Permanent Observer; AfDB and WB representatives.

Watch the video recording of the meeting on UN WebTV.

 

17 March 2021: PBC Meeting on Burundi

On 17 March 20201, the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission’s Burundi Configuration, H.E. Ms. Pascale Baeriswyl, convened a meeting to provide member states with the opportunity to learn about the peacebuilding and development priorities of Burundi’s new government and to consider related bilateral and multilateral partners’ support. Briefers included Chargé d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of Burundi, Mr. Evariste Ngendakendera; UN Resident Coordinator a.i. Ms. Nicole Kouassi; World Bank Country Manager Ms. Veronique Kabongo; and ASG for Peacebuilding Support Oscar Fernandez-Taranco.

PBC Meeting on Burundi

9 March 2021: PBC Meeting on Liberia

On 9 March 2021, H.E. Ms. Anna Karin Eneström, Chair of the Liberia Configuration of the PBC, convened a meeting on promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality in Liberia. The meeting, in the lead up to the CSW, was the first following agreement of the PBC’s Gender Strategy Action Plan. The meeting included briefings by the Liberian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Gender, the new UN Resident Coordinator (joined by the UN Women Country Director) and Liberian civil society, Ambassador Juli Endee of The Liberia Crusaders for Peace.

PBC Meeting on Liberia

24 February 2021: Meeting on Youth, Peace and Security

On 24 February 2021, following the recent adoption by the PBC of a strategic action plan on youth and peacebuilding, the PBC Chair H.E. Mr. Mohamed Edrees, convened a PBC meeting to consider ways of strengthening support to youth-led peacebuilding organizations in 2021 and contribute to the implementation of SC resolution 2535 (2020). Briefers included the SG’s Envoy on Youth; youth representatives from Nigeria and The Philippines; and ASG for Peacebuilding Support.

Watch the video recording of the meeting on UN WebTV.

3 February 2021: Formal Meeting of the Organizational Committee

On 3 February 2021, the PBC's Organizational Committee met in-person to consider the report of the PBC on its fourteenth session and to elect the PBC Chair, Vice-Chairs and Chairs of the PBC Country Configurations. 

Watch the video recording of the meeting on UN WebTV. 

16 December 2020: PBC Meeting on the PBF and Quarterly Briefings by Configuration Chairs

On 16 December, the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, H.E. Bob Rae, convened an Ambassadorial-level meeting to receive an update on the Peacebuilding Fund as well as briefings by the Chairs of the Country Configurations. 

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10 December 2020: PBC Meeting on Sierra Leone

On 10 December 2020, The Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, H.E. Mr. Bob Rae, convened a meeting to discuss Sierra Leone. Briefers included H.E. Mrs. Amina J. Mohammed, the UN Deputy Secretary-General; H.E. Mrs. Nabeela F. Tunis, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Republic of Sierra Leone; H.E. Dr. Francis Mustapha Kai-Kai, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Republic of Sierra Leone; and Ms. Valnora Edwin, Executive Director of the Sierra Leone chapter of African Women Leaders Network (AWLN).

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2 December 2020: PBC Meeting on Somalia

On 2 December 2020, the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, H.E. Mr. Bob Rae, convened a meeting to discuss progress and challenges of peacebuilding in Somalia. Briefers included H.E. Mr. Mohamed Hussein Roble, Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia; H.E. Ms. Hanifa Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister of Women and Human Rights Development of the Federal Republic of Somalia; Mr. James Christopher Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia; Ms. Rowda A. Olad, Founder of Meendeeq Mental Health; and Mr. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support.  

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23 November 2020: PBC Meeting on The Gambia

On 23 November, the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, H.E. Bob Rae, convened a meeting to discuss progress and challenges in the constitutional review, ongoing reforms and good governance in The Gambia. Briefers included H.E. Mr. Mamadou Tangara, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of The Gambia;  H.E. Mr. Dawda A. Jallow, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Republic of The Gambia; Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel;  H.E. Ms. Vabah Gayflor, ECOWAS Resident Representative to The Gambia; and Ms. Salama Njie, National Network Coordinator, West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP).

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12 November 2020: PBC Meeting on Liberia

On 12 November 2020, H.E. Ms. Anna Karin Eneström, Chair of the PBC Liberia Configuration convened an ambassadorial-level meeting for the Government of Liberia and international partners to update on priorities for continued support to building and sustaining peace in Liberia, with a focus on elections scheduled for December 2020. Briefings by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liberia, H.E. Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr; Mrs. Davidetta Browne Lansanah, Chairperson, National Elections Commission of Liberia; SRSG and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas; United Nations Resident Coordinator in Liberia a.i., Mr. Kingsley Opuku Amaning; and Mr. Oscar Bloh, Elections Coordinating Committee representative.

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4 November 2020: PBC Meeting on Women, Peacebuilding and Development in the Great Lakes Region

On 4 November 2020, Peacebuilding Commission Chair, H.E. Mr. Bob Rae, convened an Ambassadorial-level meeting of the PBC to discuss women, peacebuilding and development in the Great Lakes Region. Briefers included Mr. Huang Xia, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region; Ms. Julienne Lusenge, Directrice du Fonds pour les Femmes Congolaises (FFC); Ms. Muque Kigoma, Founder Fruito Company; and Ms. Bineta Diop, AU Special Envoy on Women, Peace & Security.

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2 November 2020: PBC Annual Session on Financing for Peacebuilding

On 2 November 2020, the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, H.E. Mr. Bob Rae, convened the PBC's Annual Session.  The session was dedicated to advancing options to ensure predictable and sustainable financing for peacebuilding, with briefings by the Secretary-General (recorded message); Chair of OECD's Development Assistance Committee; African Development Bank’s Vice President for Regional Development; World Bank's Senior Director for Fragility, Conflict & Violence; Chair of the Peacebuilding Fund’s Advisory Group; and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Mali’s Laham Industries.

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27 October 2020: PBC Meeting on Guinea-Bissau

On 27 October 2020, the Chair of the PBC’s Guinea-Bissau Configuration, H.E. Mr. Ronaldo Costa Filho, convened a virtual meeting to discuss Guinea-Bissau’s peacebuilding priorities and socio-economic challenges. Briefers included UNIOGBIS SRSG Ms. Rosine Sori-Coulibaly; ECOWAS Special Representative to Guinea-Bissau H.E. Mr. Emmanuel Ohin; Mr. Serge N’Guessan, Deputy Director-General of the African Development Bank; and Ms. Ana Turé, Coordinator for the Women’s Council of Guinea-Bissau.  Ms. Maria Antonieta Lopes D’Alva, Deputy Permanent Representative of Guinea-Bissau to the UN, also delivered remarks.

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20 October 2020: PBC Meeting on the Central African Republic

On 20 October, the Chair of the PBC’s CAR Configuration, H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale, convened an Ambassadorial-level meeting to receive a briefing on the current situation in the Central African Republic, including with respect to the upcoming elections, and reflecting on rule of law and socio-economic development, and to exchange views on the key elements to be included in the Commission’s written advice to the Security Council ahead of the renewal of MINUSCA’s mandate in November 2020. Briefers included CAR Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Sylvie Baïpo-Temon; MINUSCA SRSG Mr. Mankeur Ndiaye; UN ASG for Rule of Law and Security Institutions, Mr. Alexander Zouev; Mr. Hans Fraeters, World Bank Country Director; and Ms. Lina Ecomo, Head of Network for Women's Leadership in the Central African Republic.

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14 October 2020: PBC Meeting on the Sahel and the UN Integrated Sahel Strategy

On 14 October, the Peacebuilding Commission Chair, H.E. Mr. Bob Rae, convened a meeting to discuss the Sahel and the UN Integrated Sahel Strategy (UNISS). Briefers included the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Ms. Giovanie Biha; the Vice President of the World Bank for Western and Central Africa, Mr. Ousmane Diagana; UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa, Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa; Ms. Nana Cissé, Regional Coordinator of the G5 Sahel Women’s Platform; and UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Mr. Oscar Fernández-Taranco.

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8 October 2020: PBC Meeting on Burkina Faso

On 8 October, the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, H.E. Mr. Bob Rae, convened a meeting to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on peacebuilding and sustaining peace in Burkina Faso. Briefers included H.E. Mr. Christophe Joseph Marie Dabiré, Prime Minister of Burkina Faso; H.E. Ms. Pauline Zoure, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Economy, Finance and Development of Burkina Faso, in charge of Regional Planning; Ms. Dorcas Tiendrebeogo, Director General, Fonds d’Appui aux Activites Remuneratrices des Femmes, Ministry of Women, National Solidarity, Family and Humanitarian Action; Ms. Agnes Bado, Présidente de l’Union Nationale des Femmes Opératrices Economiques (Chair of National Union of Women Entrepreneurs); Ms. Giovanie Biha, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel; and Mr. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support.

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2 October 2020: PBC Meeting on Women, Peace, and Security

On 2 October 2020, the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, H.E. Mr. Bob Rae, convened an Ambassadorial-level meeting on Women, Peace and Security. Briefers included Ms. Rosemary DiCarlo, Under Secretary-General, UN DPPA; Ms. Anita Bhatia, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women; H.E. Ms. Fatima Kyari Mohammed, AU Permanent Observer to the UN; Ms. Irma Citalán, Representative of “Plataforma de Mujeres Indígenas de Guatemala”; and Ms. Patience Ikpeh, Head of Programme, West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), Nigeria.

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9 September 2020: PBC Meeting on the Lake Chad Basin

On 9 September, Peacebuilding Commission Chair H.E. Mr. Bob Rae, held a meeting to discuss the implications of COVID-19 for peacebuilding and sustaining peace in the Lake Chad Basin, with a focus on national and regional efforts to fill critical funding gaps that have emerged due to the pandemic and continuous support for the implementation of the regional stabilisation strategy. Briefers included SRSG for Central Africa, Mr. François Louncény Fall; SRSG for West Africa and the Sahel, Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas; Executive Secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Head of Mission of the Multinational Joint Task Force, H.E. Mr. Mamman Nuhu; EU Special Representative for the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin, H.E. Mr. Ángel Losada Fernández; Dr. Fatima Akilu, the Executive Director of Neem Foundation, Nigeria;  UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa, Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa; and UN ASG for Peacebuilding Support, Mr. Oscar Fernández-Taranco.

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28 July 2020: Meeting on the Pacific Islands

The meeting provided an opportunity for the PBC to discuss the implications of COVID-19 for peacebuilding and sustaining peace in the Pacific, with a focus on support to national and regional efforts to address critical gaps that have emerged due to the pandemic, and mitigating the risk that the pandemic poses to stability and human security in the region. Briefers included Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States; Mr. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, ASG for Peacebuilding Support; Ms. Kanni Wignaraja, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific, UNDP; Ms. Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, Chair of the Board and Regional Representative for the Pacific, Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict; and H.E. Mr. Samuelu Laloniu, Permanent Representative of Tuvalu, Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum.

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24 June 2020: Meeting of the PBC Guinea-Bissau Configuration

On 24 June 2020, H.E. Mr. Ronaldo Costa Filho, Chair of the PBC Guinea-Bissau Configuration convened a virtual meeting of the Configuration to provide an update on political developments and the COVID-19 pandemic in Guinea-Bissau, and how peacebuilding priorities, socio-economic development, and the UN transition process are being impacted. Briefers included UNIOGBIS SRSG Ms. Rosine Sori-Coulibaly; H.E. Mr. Fernando Delfim da Silva, Permanent Representative of Guinea-Bissau; H.E. Mr. Abdou Abary, Permanent Representative of Niger representing ECOWAS chairmanship, and Mr. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, UN ASG for Peacebuilding Support.

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23 June 2020: Quarterly Briefing by the Country Configuration Chairs

On 23 June 2020, the Peacebuilding Commission Chair, H.E. Mr. Marc-André Blanchard, convened an Ambassadorial-level meeting of the PBC to hear briefings by the Chairs of the Country Configurations on their activities. This included briefings by H.E. Mr. Ronaldo Costa Filho, Chair of the Guinea-Bissau Configuration; H.E. Ms. Anna Karin Eneström, Chair of the PBC Liberia Configuration; H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale, Chair of the PBC CAR Configuration; and H.E. Mr. Jürg Lauber, Chair of the Burundi Configuration, as well as UN ASG for Peacebuilding Support, Mr. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco.

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15 June 2020: Meeting on The Gambia

On 15 June, H.E. Mr. François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, chaired a meeting of the PBC to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in The Gambia, with briefings by Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, H.E.  Mr.  Tambadou; Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, H.E. Mr. Nije; SRSG Chambas; RC Wakana; member of the Board of Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ms. Sise, and an intervention from ASG for Peacebuilding Support.

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11 June 2020: Meeting on the African Great Lakes region

On 11 June 2020, the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, H.E. Mr. Marc-André Blanchard convened an Ambassadorial-level meeting to discuss how best to provide support for regional socio-economic cooperation among the countries of the African Great Lakes region, as a key component of building and sustaining peace and fostering sustainable development in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the continuing challenges posed by Ebola. Briefers included Mr. Huang Xia, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region; Amb. Zachary Muburi Muita, Executive Secretary of the ICGLR; Ms. Deborah L. Wetzel, Director for Regional Integration for Africa, the Middle East and Northern Africa, World Bank; Ms. Brenda Denousse, General Manager, Brookside Dairy LTD; and Amb. Liberata Mulamula, member of the SESG’s Advisory Board for Women, Peace and Security in the Great Lakes region.

Read the Press Statement by the PBC on the Great Lakes.

 

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9 June 2020: Meeting on the Impact of COVID-19 on Peacebuilding in Central Africa

On 9 June, the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, H.E. Mr. Marc-André Blanchard, convened the Commission’s first meeting on Central Africa to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on peacebuilding efforts in the region. Members of the Commission received briefings from UNOCA SRSG Founceny Fall, ECCAS SG Amb. Ahmad Allam-Mi, and ASG Oscar Fernandez-Taranco.

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5 June 2020: Meeting on the Immediate Socio-Economic Response to COVID-19

On 5 June a PBC Ambassadorial-level meeting was convened by the Chair, H.E. Marc-Andre Blanchard, to discuss tailoring socio-economic responses to COVID-19 to the unique challenges posed in peacebuilding contexts, with special consideration given to community resilience and social innovation.  Members of the Commission were briefed by Mr. Robert Piper, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Development Coordination; Mr. Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Special Advisor to the Administrator of UNDP; Ms. Fatoumata Ba, Founder and Executive Chair of Janngo, Cote d’Ivoire; and Mr. Adan Kabelo, Somalia Country Director, Life and Peace Institute.

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12 May 2020: Meeting on Papua New Guinea

On 12 May, a PBC Ambassadorial-level meeting was convened by the Chair, H.E. Marc-Andre Blanchard, to discuss the UN Deputy Secretary-General's visit to Papua New Guinea (PNG) in March and recent developments in the country, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Member States from the region, the Chairman of the Bougainville Referendum Commission, ASG for Middle East, Asia and the Pacific and ASG for Peacebuilding Support also attended.

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7 May 2020: Meeting of the PBC's Central African Republic Configuration

On 7 May, an Ambassadorial-level PBC meeting on Central African Republic (CAR) was convened to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the legislative and presidential elections planned for 2020-2021.  The Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization presented the Government’s plans for electoral preparations and COVID response.  Other briefers included the UN ASG for Africa, MINUSCA's SRSG and DSRSG, and the World Bank.

Meeting of the PBC CAR Configuration

22 April 2020: Meeting on West Africa and the Sahel

On 22 April 2020, Peacebuilding Commission Chair H.E. Mr. Marc-André Blanchard convened an Ambassadorial-level meeting to discuss the implications of COVID-19 for peacebuilding and sustaining peace in West Africa and the Sahel, with a focus on support to national and regional efforts to fill critical funding gaps that have emerged due to the pandemic. UNOWAS SRSG Mohamed Ibn Chambas briefed members of the Commission.

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15 April 2020: Meeting of the PBC Liberia Configuration

On 15 April 2020, a meeting of the PBC Liberia Configuration was convened by Chair H.E. Ms. Anna Karin Eneström, to provide an update on building and sustaining peace in Liberia, with a focus on the socioeconomic situation in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Hon. Samuel D. Tweah Jr., Minister of Finance and Development Planning of Liberia; Hon. Varney A. Sirleaf, Minister of Internal Affairs of Liberia; Dr. Kingsley Amaning, UN Resident Coordinator a.i. in Liberia; and Dr. Khwima Nthara, Country Manager for Liberia, World Bank Group, briefed the Commission. 

Virtual Meeting of the PBC Liberia Configuration

8 April 2020: Meeting on COVID-19

On 8 April 2020, Peacebuilding Commission Chair H.E. Mr. Marc-André Blanchard convened an Ambassadorial-level meeting on the implications of COVID-19 for peacebuilding and sustaining peace in countries and regions under the Commission’s consideration. UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed briefed the Commission as well as the FAO’s Director of Emergencies Mr. Dominique Burgeon, and the World Bank’s Senior Director Mr. Franck Bousquet.

Read the Press Release of the PBC on the impact of COVID-19 on peacebuilding and sustaining peace. 

Virtual Peacebuilding Commission Ambassadorial-level Meeting on the Impact of COVID 19

PBC visits to Liberia

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The Chair of the Liberia Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), Ambassador Anna Karin Eneström (Sweden), joined by the ASG for Peacebuilding Support, Elizabeth Spehar, concluded a week-long visit to Liberia. They met with President George Manneh Weah, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah Sr. and other Government officials, among others. The visit focused on the PBC and the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF)’s support for Liberia’s peacebuilding priorities, including social cohesion and national reconciliation efforts, the promotion of women’s empowerment and gender equality, and the preparation for elections in 2023.

Remarks of PBC Chair at UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER)

17 April 2022: At the invitation of the UNU-WIDER Conference on "The puzzle of peace – towards inclusive development in fragile contexts" held on 17 May in Helsinki, the PBC Chair virtually-delivered remarks during the plenary session on conflict legacies and post-conflict recovery. Other panelists included a Professor in Environmental and Resource Economics at the University of California (Berkeley), the Under-Secretary of State for Development Policy at MFA Finland, the Vice-President of the International Committee of Red Cross, a Chief Economist at the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and the World Bank Director of Fragility, Conflict, and Violence. In her remarks, approved by the PBC, the Chair recalled that during a recent PBC retreat, the Commission discussed ways of remaining fit for purpose in the face of increasingly complex challenges to peacebuilding and enhancing its ability to ensure timely and effective responses in support of local peacebuilding priorities. She stressed that adequate, predictable, and sustained financing remained a critical challenge as financial flows to conflict-affected countries have come under increasing pressure, and reiterated the Commission's commitment to further promote coherence, forge partnerships, and mobilize creative peacebuilding financing and non-financial contributions. 

See here the full text of the Chair’s remarks.

PBC Chair's statement at High-Level Meeting on Financing for Peacebuilding

27 April 2022: H.E. Ms. Rabab Fatima, the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) delivered a statement at the High-Level Meeting on Financing for Peacebuilding. Full text here.

PBC advice to the Security Council on the situation in the Great Lakes region

26 April 2022: The Peacebuilding Commission provided advice to the Security Council ahead of the Council's meeting on the situation in the Great Lakes region on Wednesday, 27 April 2022. Full text here

PBC letter to the General Assembly on financing for peacebuilding

21 April 2022: Following lengthy negotiations, the PBC submitted to the General Assembly a letter on peacebuilding financing, which served as input to the high-level meeting on 27 and 29 April. In the letter, which was informed by a series of PBC discussions and related events led by Member States in the last two years, the PBC reiterates that adequate, predictable and sustained financing remains a critical challenge, noting with concern that financial flows to conflict affected countries have been under severe pressure, particularly Official Development Assistance devoted to peacebuilding – and that the challenge is particularly acute in the contexts of United Nations transitions. Building on its work in support of the women, peace and security agenda and the youth, peace and security agenda, the Commission stresses the importance of enhancing efforts aimed at promoting the full, equal and meaningful participation of women in peacebuilding, and for greater youth engagement to peacebuilding. The Commission notes with concern that demand for support from the Peacebuilding Fund significantly outpaces available resources and recommends that its donor base should be broadened and diversified. The Commission encourages the General Assembly to consider all options for enhanced peacebuilding financing, including voluntary, assessed and innovative in its high-level meeting.  

PBC advice to Security Council on the implementation of resolutions 2532 (2020) and 2565 (2021)

11 April 2022: Peacebuilding Commission has provided advice to the Security Council on occasion of the Council’s briefing on the implementation of resolutions 2532 (2020) and 2565 (2021) on 11 April 2022. Full text here.