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11 MARCH 2013
PHL INROADS IN PEACE-PROCESS WITH MILF HIGHLIGHTED AT BILATERAL MEETING AT THE UN
ADVANCEMENTS IN THE PEACE PROCESS Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles discusses with Special Adviser and Assistant Secretary-General of Civilian Capacities to United Nations Sarah Cliffe the latest positive developments on the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement. Held at the sidelines of the 57 th session of the Commission on the Status of Women here, the meeting between Secretary Deles and Assistant Secretary-General Cliffe provided an opportunity to underscore the commitment of the Philippine Government to move forward the peace process in the Southern Philippines, including through capacity building development for all stakeholders.END
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK 11 March 2013 Advancements made in the peace process in the Southern Philippines, including through capacity building programs, were highlighted during a meeting here between Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles and Special Adviser and Assistant Secretary-General of Civilian Capacities to United Nations Sarah Cliffe.
During the meeting held at the sidelines of the 57 th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Secretary Deles underscored the importance of the roadmap that has been put in place to move the peace process resolutely forward between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Secretary Deles also underscored that capacity building programs were needed to enhance the capabilities of stakeholders but also stressed that such programs should be “stakeholder owned and driven.”
For her part, Assistant Secretary-General Cliffe agreed that vital capacity building programs that would support the Bangsamoro in the Southern Philippines “need to be worked out” by internal stakeholders and that any possible assistance and cooperation would have to be “tailor-made for the Philippine context.”
Assistant Secretary-General Cliffe likewise lauded the efforts of the Philippine Government in the peace process and commended areas of expertise and best practices from which other stakeholders in the international community can learn from.
Assistant Secretary-Cliffe oversees the United Nations’ CAPMATCH. CAPMATCH, described as a global Marketplace for Civilian Capacities, is a “self-service online platform whose purpose is to better match the demand and supply of specialized civilian capacities for countries emerging from conflict. It is owned and monitored by the UN Civilian Capacities Team.”
CAPMATCH focuses on the five areas most commonly identified as the critical capacity gaps for countries emerging from conflict or crisis: safety and security, justice, inclusive political processes, core government functionality and economic revitalization.
Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan meanwhile welcomed the meeting between Secretary Deles and Assistant Secretary-General Cliffe saying this may provide ways of identifying possible synergies cooperation between actors in the international community interested in capacity building. Ambassador Cabactulan, however, stressed that such cooperation must first be considered and seriously studied by relevant agencies of the Philippine Government. END
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