New York

01 March 2007

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Peacebuilding Fund in support of Sierra Leone

The Secretary-General has announced that an allocation of US$35 million will be made from the Peacebuilding Fund in support of Sierra Leone. The Peacebuilding Fund is funded through voluntary contributions and seeks to address critical peacebuilding priorities identified jointly by the Government and the United Nations and was created in late 2006 as part of the new peacebuilding architecture. It will benefit countries before the Peacebuilding Conmission as well as others in similar circumstances, as designated by the Secretary-General.

This is the second such allocation made under the Peacebuilding Fund following an earlier one in support of Burundi, the other country currently under consideration by the Peacebuilding Commission. The allocation will now be used in Sierra Leone to fund projects in the areas of youth employment, democracy and good governance, justice and security, as well as public service delivery.