Established in 2006 by the UN Secretary-General, the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), along with the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) and the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), is one of the entities tasked with peacebuilding within the United Nations (UN). The Secretary-General has the overall management responsibility on the PBC and the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO). The PBSO approves projects and monitor their implementations. As a UN system’s financing tool of first resort, the PBF supports activities aimed at building and sustaining peace in countries emerging from violent conflicts. Indeed, the PBC, as an investor, provides urgent aid and guidance to countries at risk or affected nations. It supports more than 120 projects in over 25 countries. However, the support varies by country, depending on the local situation and on how its funding can be most effective in preventing conflict or post-conflict situations. So far, projects have included, among other issues, the disarmament of combatants and their reintegration into civilian society; the establishment of a secure environment and the strengthening of inclusive political dialogue. To uphold such activities, the PBC held an Expert-Level meeting on 25 April 2017 to discuss about the PBF’s latest updates, including the four main areas of work in which it operates, namely the implementation of peace agreements, political coexistence and reconciliation, the economic recovery, and the re-establishment of state services. Mr. Marc-André France, the chief of the Financing for the Peacebuilding Branch of the PBSO made a brief statement on the work of the PBF and assessed its achievements on the ground, in order to present the ongoing investments on several projects. The participants encouraged the parties to keep being committed to finding a stable solution to the conflict, while also underlining the need for a stronger collaboration with member states and the main regional organizations.
Read the complete report on the meeting here.
This update was written by Francesca Cocomera.