The report of the Peacebuilding Commission was considered at the Security Council this morning. Mr. Drobnjak presented the report on its seventh session, which underlined three main functions of the Commission, namely advocacy and sustained attention, resource mobilization and forging coherence.
He summarized three visions from the report. First, the Commission continues to emphasize ways to capitalize on the experience and strengthen capacities in the peacebuilding objectives. Second, the Commission should recognize its membership structure in shaping the nature and scope of its advisory role to the UN principle organs. He noted there was significant progress in identifying practical modalities for informal interaction between the Commission and the Security Council, particularly through field visits and periodic consideration of mission mandates. Third, peacebuilding is a process “fraught with challenges that are typically context-specific”. He highlighted the accompanying function of the Commission depends on the level of commitment of national interlocutors and the quality of the international response. Regarding resource mobilization, he stressed the Commission was not “a viable fundraising mechanism, but rather an intergovernmental body” where it provides a platform for highlighting the imperative of timely deployment of targeted resources. He also recognized the complementary relationship between the Commission and the United Nations’ senior leadership was a key factor in forging coherence. Lastly, he affirmed the commitment to women’s economic empowerment in peacebuilding by the Commission.
Mr. Patriota addressed the insufficient efforts to prevent relapse into conflicts as seen in the recent crises in the Central African Republic and South Sudan. With timely and strategic interventions by the Peacebuilding Fund, he witnessed the continuation work towards stabilization in the Central African Republic, Burundi, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea etc. He agreed that both national ownership and regional engagement were key political principles of peacebuilding. Programmatic interventions centred on building institutions and improved partnership and interaction with the Security Council were crucial as well.
Meeting Title: Briefing on the 7217th meeting Post-conflict peacebuilding – Report of the Peacebuilding Commission on its seventh session
Speakers: Vladimir Drobnjak, Permanent Representative of Croatia to the United Nations, former Chairperson of the Peacebuilding Commission; Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations, Current Commission Chair
Location: Security Council, United Nations HQ, New York
Date: 15th July 2014
Written by WIT Representative: Tracy Lau