For decades, a great number of African countries has been characterized by fierce political, economic and social crises. These emergencies, exacerbated by the adoption of narrow ethnic perspectives, eventually led to a surge of serious humanitarian catastrophes. The role of the Peacebuilding Commission in preventing these crises to recur is essential for the continent to experience stability and prosperity again.
The whole range of the Commission’s activities carried out in Burundi, Central African Republic, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Sierra Leone, aims at strengthening each country’s commitment to find a stable and log-term solution to these crises, supporting their governments both politically and economically. In view of ensuring respect for the rule of law, democracy and human rights, the PBC calls on the international community for the implementation of a better coordinated and more comprehensive approach, to be adapted to the specific realities on the ground.
In the quarterly briefing held on 29 March 2017, the Chair of each Country-Specific Configuration assessed the actual progresses the countries have achieved so far, and the difficulties they are still facing.
Moreover, the inherent political nature of those challenges requires for every peacebuilding process to be nationally-led, in the view of implementing “African solutions for African problems”. The efforts of the international community in this regard must be also sustained by a renewed and more dynamic relationship between the PBC and the Security Council. The cooperation between these two bodies, as many representatives have stressed in the course of the meeting, is crucial for any commitment to be fully operationalized on the ground. The lack of trust the Security Council showed during the past years in regard to the PBC’s mandate and activities in Africa is a very arduous obstacle to overcome, since it is likely to frustrate any practical effort put in place by the Commission. However, for this relationship to change, it is essential for the Commission to better value the work it does, being more concrete and focused on the objective it has to meet.
The periodical follow-up of the PBC engagement in the African continent is therefore essential to ensure the body implements and operationalizes effective and coherent approaches to finally lead these countries out of their crises.
Read the complete report on the meeting here.
This update was written by Francesca Cocomera