7th October 2016

Updates from the UN

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.

Updates from the UN

News from the Peacebuilding Commission and developments in West Africa

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The Peacebuilding Commission, the UN body designed to assist countries emerging from conflict in building peace, has had a number of interesting meetings the past weeks. GPPAC monitors the activities of the Peacebuilding Commission in New York and in the six African countries it is active in, and provides analysis and information on the website Together for a Better Peace.

For instance, you can read about the recent developments in West Africa where organized crime, violent extremist and weak state capacities is an increasing problem. This week, the Head of the UN Office of West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), briefed the UN Security Council on the recent developments of peace consolidation in West Africa and the challenges of recent terror attacks in Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire; countries that had previously remained relatively untouched by such incidents. You can read more on the website about the recommendations for how the UN should help the West and North African states and societies counter the spread of violence and extremism in the region.

In the latest news roundup on the website also offers an overview of the Peacebuilding Commission’s annual meeting where its members discussed the challenge of consolidating peace and security during transitions such as elections, reform periods, peace processes etc. You can also get to know more about the Peacebuilding Commission’s joint meeting with the UN’s main body for development, the Economic and Social Council, where participants discussed the connections between peacebuilding, sustaining peace and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.