In this section you can find updates on current developments, discussions and events related to peacebuilding and conflict prevention in and around the UN in New York.
As already mentioned earlier this week, the 14 years of bloody civil war in Liberia undermined the political and social stability of the country. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in cooperation with the United Nations, undertook several initiatives aimed at finding a peaceful political solution to the conflict. In the framework of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (2003), the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) was deployed to ensure both humanitarian assistance and the implementation of justice and security reforms. In parallel, the PBC, as a platform for dialogue for all relevant actors, has strongly supported the national peacebuilding efforts. In this regard, the PBC held an Expert-Level meeting on 18 April 2017 to update the developments of the Peacebuilding (PB) Plan in the country and give information about the upcoming political elections. On 24 April 2017, during the first Ambassadorial-Level meeting on Liberia held this year was in New York, the Representatives of Member States met the Representatives from UNMIL Headquarters in Monrovia, via teleconference. They discussed about the adoption of the PB plan, the upcoming elections as well as the mapping of the UN Country-Team (UNCT) capacities and the expenditure review. The PB plan was welcomed and commended by all participants, who stressed the importance of maintaining peace and security during the whole national elections’ process. This plan, submitted to the Security Council on the 4th of April 2017, in compliance with Resolution 2333/2016, involves various stakeholders at the national, regional and international levels. In light of the upcoming elections in October and the eventual withdrawal of UNMIL, the participants, including the Liberian government, reiterated their commitment to ensure a smooth political transition and implement sustainable and long-lasting peace in the country. Read the complete report on the meeting here. This update was written by Francesca Cocomera.