UN peacebuilding body could play greater role

09:54, November 26, 2009      

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The UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), which was set up three years ago to help post-conflict countries stand on their own feet again, is looking to play a greater role, the commission's head said Wednesday.

"While we can certainly identify initial progress in linking up the advisory role of the PBC with UN and non-UN operational entities, the PBC remains, in my view, underutilized," Ambassador Heraldo Munoz of Chile, who chairs the commission, told the UN Security Council.

It could promote: seamless transition from humanitarian to early recovery assistance; synergy between peacekeeping and peacebuilding mandates; and national capacity development in critical peacebuilding priorities, Munoz said.

He said that, three years since its operationalization, the United Nations peacebuilding agenda was expanding in scope and depth.

"Peacebuilding was an area that might contribute to further define the image of the organization in the coming years," he said.

The unique feature of peacebuilding was providing the nexus between security, rule of law and development activities, he noted.

"The envisaged 2010 review of the commission's founding resolutions would provide a prime opportunity to further build on the experiences it had gained, define its potential role in support of an expanding United Nations peacebuilding agenda and enhance its support to countries emerging from conflict," he added.

In the wake of the 2005 World Summit, the UN set up the intergovernmental commission to help struggling states avoid slipping back into war and chaos by providing strategic advice and harnessing expertise and finance from around the world to aid with recovery projects.

The commission currently has four countries -- Burundi, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau and Central African Republic (CAR) -- on its agenda.

Source: Xinhua
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