12 November 2010: SG’s Peacebuilding Fund receives praise, further funding at high-level meeting
[Dateline: New York | Author:
Peacebuilding Support Office
At a High-Level stakeholders meeting held on 4 November in New York, the Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) has been commended as a fast, relevant, and catalytic resource for supporting peacebuilding initiatives in countries emerging from conflict.
A total of 33 Member States spoke at the meeting, commending the Fund which secures resources through voluntary contributions from Member States, individuals, and organisations.
Pledges and receipts this year amount to US$53 million for the Fund’s 2011-2013 Business Plan from 21 Member States, of which US$29 million was newly pledged during the meeting. Other major donors, while expressing continuing support for the Fund, hoped to finalise their contributions in the coming months.
The Fund, established in 2006, now supports more than 150 projects in 18 countries through 15 United Nations recipient partners and their staff. In line with the PBF Business Plan, it aims to focus its reach to a total of roughly 20 active countries by 2013 supporting peacebuilding projects in the following areas:
- Implementation of Peace Agreements – Security Sector Reform, Rule of Law, and continuing political negotiations
- Reconciliation – National Dialogue, transitional justice, human rights and support to women and civil society
- Economic revitalization – Creating jobs and livelihoods
- Establishment or reestablishment of essential administrative services
Speaking at the meeting, Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon said that while the Fund is managed by the Peacebuilding Support Office , it relies upon the strength of the entire UN system.
“All the relevant entities within the broad UN family are working towards a common objective: timely and integrated responses to the needs and priorities of the countries concerned. Here, the Peacebuilding Fund has a vital role to play, and is playing that role in an increasingly dynamic and innovative way, with the support of many of you here,” the Secretary-General said.
Heartened by the recognition of the Member States, the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Judy Cheng Hopkins said, “At the meeting we heard Member States clearly acknowledge our recent efforts to improve the management and impact of the Fund. With our donors’ support, our attention will stay centred on consistently improving programme quality and maintaining our strengths of speed and flexibility to provide the UN system with robust financing mechanism.”
Also present at the meeting was the Chair of the Peacebuilding Fund’s Independent Advisory Group, Dan Smith, who said, “I have been following the Fund closely for three years. During this time I have seen the Fund increase its impact on the ground and become more focused, transparent, and effective – it would be paradoxical for the Member States not to continue their financial support at this stage.”
At the time of the Fund’s establishment in 2006, the Security Council and General Assembly requested Member States to provide $ 250 million for the Peacebuilding Fund. A total of 46 Member States, together with the Organisation of the Islamic Conference and private donors, exceeded that limit and have contributed nearly $350 million to the Fund, giving it one of the broadest donor bases of any Trust Fund administered by the United Nations.
Now the Fund is looking ahead. Given today’s challenges in peacebuilding, the PBF will need to ensure that its resources remain sufficient to finance the anticipated level of need coming from the field, and to enable it to achieve its potential for Member States and the countries relying on its support.