Virtual Meetings of the Peacebuilding Commission

Virtual Meetings of the Peacebuilding Commission

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Peacebuilding Commission is holding virtual meetings. See below for information and video recordings of the meetings.

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.

Meeting of the PBC Guinea-Bissau Configuration

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.

 

PBC Meeting on the African Great Lakes

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.

Tailoring the Socio-Economic Response to COVID-19 in Peacebuilding Contexts

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.

PBC Meeting on Papua New Guinea

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.

PBC Virtual Meeting on the Impact of COVID 19 on West Africa and the Sahel

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