Held virtually on 26 January 9am - 12pm EST
The Secretary-General invited all Member States to a high-level Replenishment Conference for the Peacebuilding Fund to mobilize critical support for conflict prevention and peacebuilding against the Fund’s $1.5 billion requirements for the period 2020-24. The Conference aimed to counter the persistent underinvestment in peacebuilding and provide this timely, catalytic and risk-tolerant instrument with more adequate, predictable and sustained resources to support national peacebuilding efforts in more than 40 countries around the world.
The Secretary-General opened the Conference and was joined by his co-chairs:
H.E. Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone
H.E. Abdalla Adam Hamdok, Prime Minister of the Republic of Sudan
H.E. Marc Garneau, Foreign Minister of Canada, Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission
H.E. Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany
- Ms. Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
- Ambassador Annika Söder, Member of the UN Secretary-General's Independent Eminent Person for the 2020 Peacebuilding Architecture Review.
Context: The conference took place at a time of rising tensions and divisions exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic increases risks but also creates opportunities for peace as the Secretary-General highlighted in his call for a global ceasefire. It is a time for the international community to renew commitments to global cooperation and multilateralism and invest in conflict prevention and sustaining peace. Focusing on crisis response alone is unsustainable. The Peacebuilding Fund’s Strategy for 2020-2024 scales up support to national peacebuilding priorities to meet the challenges of our time in areas where the Fund has particular impact: inclusion of women in youth in peacebuilding; facilitating transitions and tackling cross border or regional risks.
Co-Chairs Joint Communiqué
During the High-Level Replenishment Conference Member States recalled the importance of sustaining peace in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and capitalized the Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund to US$439 million.
Today, the Secretary-General, António Guterres, co-chaired a High-Level Replenishment Conference for the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund together with H.E. Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone; H.E. Abdalla Hamdok, Prime Minister of the Republic of Sudan; H.E. Marc Garneau, Foreign Minister of Canada, Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission and H.E. Heiko Maas, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Conference also featured Ms. Leymah Gbowee of Liberia, Nobel Peace Laureate, H.E. Annika Söder of Sweden, Independent Eminent Person for the UN Peacebuilding Architecture Review as well as local peacebuilding leaders from seven countries. 92 Member States joined the Conference.
Message from the Secretary-General’s PBF Advisory Group
The High-Level Replenishment Conference on 26 January comes at a critical moment.
We now have fifteen years’ experience of the Peacebuilding Fund in action. Its impact on the ground has been amply demonstrated, and attested through rigorous independent analysis.
The human and moral imperatives for peacebuilding have always been incontestable; the business case has emerged ever more clearly. The cost-effectiveness of prevention, and of sustaining peace when threatened with relapse, has been established beyond doubt. Read the complete message here.
About the Peacebuilding Fund: The Peacebuilding Fund is the UN's financial instrument of first resort to sustain peace in countries or situations at risk or affected by violent conflict. The Fund’s new Strategy 2020-2024 is its most ambitious yet, responding to the Secretary-General’s call for a quantum leap of support for peacebuilding and prevention.
Created by the General Assembly and the Security Council in 2005 (resolutions A/RES/60/180 and S/RES/1645), the Fund’s critical role was recognized anew in the 2016 General Assembly and Security Council resolutions on the Review of the United Nations peacebuilding architecture (A/RES/70/262 and S/RES/2282 (2016)). The Fund has invested over $1.2 billion to date in over 60 countries, with support from almost 60 Member States. Results from the Fund’s last strategy period 2017-2019 are highlighted in the 2020 report Investing in Peacebuilding Leadership.
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