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United Nations General Assembly

Joint Debate

 

Report of the Peacebuilding Commission on its 11th Session

Report of the Secretary-General on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace

Report of the Secretary General on the Peacebuilding Fund

 

Statement by Mr. Sandeep Kumar Bayyapu

 First Secretary

 

24 May 2018

 

 

 

Mr. President,

 

Our joint debate today is taking place exactly a month after the high-level meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace hosted by the President of the General Assembly.

 

2.    That high level meetingreflected the growing international recognition of the broader concept of sustaining peace and the comprehensive nature of issues involved.The adoption of a consensus resolution during the high-level event demonstrated our collective commitment to move forward on the issues related to peacebuilding architecture. 

 

3.    We thank the Secretary General for his Report on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace, which was also the focus of the high-level meeting in April 2018. His report on the Peacebuilding Fund gives a good overview of the Fund’s situation and projects undertaken. 

 

Mr. President,

 

4.    Today’s annual debate offers us an opportunity to reflect back at what has been achieved, as well as to point to where we need to go next.

 

5.    We welcome the efforts undertaken by the Peacebuilding Commission in a number of activities to support countries and regions with their peacebuilding priorities and to enhance coherence across the UN system.

 

 

6.    PBC’s efforts to expand and strengthen its support to countries and regions, including Solomon Islands, Colombia and Sri Lanka, Sahel, Lake Chad Basin and the Great Lake regions, in addition to itsfive country-specific configurations are notable.

 

7.    We welcome the efforts to build partnerships with stakeholders within and outside the UN, including the World Bank, African Development Bank and other International Financial Institutions. 

 

8.    PBC’s role as a bridge betweenGeneral Assembly, Security Council and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is an important one and needs to be strengthened.

 

9.    We also welcome the PBC’s efforts in holding deliberations on thematic issuesincluding gender, youth, financing, institution-building and national ownership.

 

Mr. President,

 

10.  Building peace and prosperity for all remains a major objective for the international community.Despite the growing attention, the concept of Peacebuilding that expanded the focus to post conflict situations and led to the establishment of UN’s Peacebuilding architecture around a decade ago continues to struggle due to lack of adequate funding that betrays a lack of genuine political will.

 

11.   The report of the Secretary General on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peacemakes several useful suggestions on how to enhance the effectiveness of the UN system in supporting Member State-led efforts, on strengthening partnerships with relevant stakeholders, and on ensuring predictable and sustainable funding of peacebuilding activities through the Peacebuilding Fund. 

 

Mr. President,

 

12.    We note that Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), during last year, supported projects in 31 countries including the six country-specific configurations that were on the agenda of the PBC. While the high donor contributions to the Fund in 2017 were a clear sign of confidence in UN peacebuilding activities, the funds available for peacebuilding efforts are not even 1% of the annual budget for UN Peacekeeping.

 

13.    In this context, we welcome the specific financing options presented by the Secretary General in his report.These need to be given serious consideration in order to address the current levels of funding that remain very inadequate. 

 

14.    The fact that more than one third of the funds were allocated to support gender equality and women’s empowerment during 2017 is worth noting. The contribution of the Fund to UN’s efforts in designing and implementing peacebuilding programmes that prioritise the inclusion, participation and leadership of young people, cross-border efforts of the Fund, as also its partnership with regional organisations and other multilateral funds are positive steps. 

 

Mr. President,

 

15.   The concept of sustaining peace requires the engagement of all the pillars of the United Nations.The efforts of the Secretary General to strengthen operational and policy coherence and improved capacity across the UN system need to be supported. 

 

16.      As a member of the Peacebuilding Commission since its inception, India looks forward to working with all partners in playing a constructive role to pursue the objectives of achieving peace and prosperity for our peoples.

 

17.    We look forward to engaging actively with partners during the upcoming annual session of the PBC next month in June.

 

Thank you, Mr. President.