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Joint Debate by the General Assembly on the reports of the Peacebuilding Commission and the Peacebuilding Fund

Published Monday March 19 2012

In her intervention to the General Assembly, Ambassador Sylvie Lucas saluted the fact that the work of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) over the last few years had led to a deepening of the understanding of the concept of peacebuilding, including more and more issues in relation to statebuilding. Including the Republic of Guinea on the Peacebuilding Commission's agenda had also widened the horizon to transitional situations other than post-conflict transition. In this work, political will and ownership by the Government of the country on the Peacebuilding Commission’s agenda are a necessary condition and must go hand in hand with political will and ownership by the Member Countries of the Configuration. The Ambassador judged that the Country-specific Configurations had the mission to become true intergovernmental partnerships, which should throw the combined political weight of their members into the balance for peacebuilding in the country concerned.

Concerning the organisation of the work of the PBC and the role of its supporting structures, the Permanent Representative suggested that the Peacebuilding Support Office should concentrate more on support to the Organisational Committee and the Country-specific Configurations. The Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) should retain its catalytic nature and continue to focus on the countries on the PBC's agenda. The PBF could play a useful role in leading efforts aiming to mainstream conflict- and peacebuilding sensitive programming more effectively into frameworks for the coordination of development efforts, as recommended notably in the context of the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States.

While underlining that Luxembourg would continue to support the efforts of all partners aiming at increasing the concrete impact of the PBC, the Ambassador concluded that the Commission had the potential to become a key player within the United Nations and to foster lasting peace in the countries that called upon its services.

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