Adoption of the Statement of mutual commitments on peacebuilding in Guinea
On 23rd September 2011, the Statement of mutual commitments between the Government of Guinea and the Peacebuilding Commission was adopted in the presence of H.E. Professor Alpha Condé, President of the Republic of Guinea.
Following a request by the Government of Guinea, the Organizational Committee of the Peacebuilding Commission decided on 23 February 2011 to place Guinea on its agenda and to set up a Country Specific Configuration on Guinea.
In its request for the Commission’s support, the Government of Guinea proposed to focus on three peacebuilding priorities, namely the promotion of reconciliation and national unity, the reform of the defence and security sector, and the youth and women employment policy.
In accordance with its mandate, the Country Specific Configuration on Guinea engaged extensively with the Government of Guinea, the United Nations, international partners and key national stakeholders to define priority actions and articulate mutual commitments reflecting the three aforementioned peacebuilding priorities. Consultations included two missions by the Chair of the Country Specific Configuration on Guinea, Ambassador Sylvie Lucas, to Guinea on 3-10 April and 4-6 September 2011.
The Peacebuilding Commission and the Government will undertake a review of the Statement of mutual commitments at six-month intervals from the date of its adoption.
To ensure complementarity between the work of the Peacebuilding Commission and the Peacebuilding Fund, the Statement of mutual commitments will also inform the Guinea peacebuilding priority plan, which is the instrument of engagement between the Peacebuilding Fund and the Government.
On the occasion of the adoption of the Statement of mutual commitments, Ambassador Lucas reiterated the determination of the PBC Guinea Configuration to support the Government of Guinea in its peacebuilding efforts, guided by the principles of national ownership, partnership and mutual accountability for results.