PBC Meetings on the 2020 review

PBC Letter to the Presidents of the General Assembly and the Security Council

In accordance with the Terms of the Reference of the 2020 review of the peacebuilding architecture endorsed in October 2019, the main elements that emerged from a series of Peacebuilding Commission consultations (see below) were shared in a letter on 2 July 2020 with the General Assembly and the Security Council. Read the letter here.


The PBC’s consultations were open to all Member States of the United Nations, relevant parts of the UN system, civil society representatives, and independent experts, with a view to contribute to the formal phase of the review. Drawing from critical peacebuilding priorities in the Commission’s country-specific, regional and thematic engagements since the adoption of resolutions A/RES/70/262 and S/RES/2282 (2016) on the Review of the United Nations peacebuilding architecture, and building on the primacy of national ownership in peacebuilding processes, whereby the responsibility for building and sustaining peace is broadly shared by the Government and all other national stakeholders, the consultations focused on peacebuilding in UN transition contexts, women’s role in peacebuilding, and the importance of institution building, UN system-wide engagement, financing, and partnerships for peacebuilding, taking also into consideration the fast-evolving COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for peacebuilding.

8 - 15 June: Financing and Partnerships for Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace

This PBC consultation will be dedicated to exploring ways to ensure sustainable financing for peacebuilding and sustaining peace efforts and to strengthen partnerships that enhance coherent and effective peacebuilding support at the country level, with a view to identifying lessons learned, good practices and remaining challenges.  Learn more.

22 May - 2 June: Institution Building and System-Wide Engagement

The PBC consultation on Institution Building and System-Wide Engagement offers an opportunity to exchange views on how strengthening institutions contributes to conflict prevention, peacebuilding and sustaining peace,  with a view to identifying lessons learned, good practices and remaining challenges for strengthening coherence, coordination and cooperation in efforts to build and sustain peace and support institution building. Learn more.

21 April - 1 May 2020 : Women, Peace and Security

The PBC consultation on Women, Peace, and Security offered an opportunity to share good practices and lessons learned, assess progress on recommendations, and identify priorities where there has been little or uneven progress to promote women’s participation in peacebuilding efforts and further strengthen the PBC’s convening, bridge and advisory role in this area. Learn more here

20 Feb 2020 : Effective Support in UN Transition Contexts

On 20 February, H.E. Mr. Marc-André Blanchard chaired an ambassadorial-level meeting of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) on the 2020 review of the Peacebuilding architecture titled ‘effective support in UN transition contexts. The meeting offered an overview of UN and Member States’ efforts and tools to enhance coherence and to ensure stability and continuity of peacebuilding activities during UN transitions.  Learn more here

22 November 2019 : Launch of Informal Phase of the 2020 Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture

On 22 November 2019, the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) held an ambassadorial-level meeting convening all UN Member States to launch the informal phase of the 2020 review of the peacebuilding architecture. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Guillermo Fernández de Soto, Chair of the PBC. The purpose of the meeting, convened in accordance with the Terms of Reference for the 2020 review of the peacebuilding architecture, was to have an exchange of views on the expectations and objectives of the review. Learn more here