Joint Debate by the General Assembly on the reports of the Peacebuilding Commission and the Peacebuilding Fund
In her intervention to the General Assembly, Ambassador Sylvie Lucas recalled that it is the responsibility of Member States to give the United Nations’ peacebuilding architecture the means to do its job and a chance to prove itself; this responsibility also means playing an active role in the PBC’s country-specific configurations. The Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) should continue to strengthen its place in the UN institutional architecture, by using the means at its disposal wisely, notably to reinforce the support to the Configurations dedicated to the countries on its agenda.
The Guinea Configuration, which has been chaired by Ambassador Lucas since February 2011, has concentrated its activities in 2012 on the implementation of the mutual commitments for peacebuilding. As concerns national reconciliation, one of the main challenges remains the organisation of legislative elections. Concerning the socio-economic development of the country, the achievement of the completion of the Highly Indebted Poor Countries initiative and the signing of the agreement for the 10th European Development Fund have been important milestones. At the same time, efforts for security and defence sector reform have benefited from ownership at the highest level, under the leadership of the President of the Republic.
The Ambassador concluded her address by underscoring that Luxembourg will remain actively engaged in the UN peacebuilding architecture, be it as the Chair of the Guinea Configuration, as a Member of the Guinea-Bissau Configuration, as a donor to the Peacebuilding Fund or in the Security Council, where Luxembourg will seek to maximise positive interaction with the PBC’s country-specific Configurations.