[Dateline: New York | Author: PBSO]
The Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) has introduced a new organizational structure to Member States and United Nations System partners.
Established following the 2005 World Summit to provide expert advice and knowledge on peacebuilding, the Peacebuilding Support Office services the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), manages the Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund and supports the UN System to work coherently on peacebuilding both at Headquarters and at the country-level.
Headed by Assistant Secretary-General Jane Holl Lute, the PBSO has been recently restructured to comprise a Peacebuilding Commission Support Branch, a Financing for Peacebuilding Branch, and a Policy Planning Branch. According to Ms. Lute, “our objective has been to build on the lessons learned during our first two years and align the PBSO structure with its core functions for greater effectiveness and improved service to the PBC and the countries engaged in peacebuilding.”
The PBC Support Branch brings together secretariat assistance, desk officer support, and intergovernmental liaison to service the PBC Organizational Committee, Country Specific Meeting configurations (Burundi, Central African Republic, Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone), and the Working Group on Lessons Learned.
The Financing for Peacebuilding Branch is responsible for the programmatic and financial management of the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), including monitoring, evaluating and reporting. The Branch also mobilizes new resources for peacebuilding, manages donor relations, and analyzes and tracks funding gaps.
The Policy Planning Branch undertakes analysis and knowledge management for peacebuilding and participates in Integrated Mission Planning Processes (IMPP), strategic assessments and other activities to assess the peacebuilding effectiveness of United Nations engagements.
In addition, a small team has been established in the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General to help prepare the forthcoming Report of the Secretary-General on Peacebuilding and Early Recovery, which will provide a set of practical recommendations for action to enhance United Nations peacebuilding efforts.
For more information on the United Nations peacebuilding architecture visit: www.un.org/peace/peacebuilding.