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Solomon Islands

Summary:

PBSO was requested to support a peaceful transition in the Solomon Islands in view of the imminent withdrawal of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). RAMSI had been on the islands since 2003, at the invitation of the Solomon Islands government and following the signing of the Townsville Peace Agreement in 2000, which concluded an open conflict in the period 1998-2000, largely between armed men from Guadalcanal and Malaita (two major islands).

Total funding support in US$:

  • $2.5 million (IRF)

Focus of PBF support:

The year 2016 provides a critical window of opportunity to be engaged in peacebuilding and in supporting transition. Indeed, the withdrawal of RAMSI in 2017 is seen with some uncertainty by stakeholders and there are concerns on the effects this may have on stability. Moreover, the current Government has shown clear public commitment to the peace and reconciliation agenda in the country, including through establishing a Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace; endorsing a National Peacebuilding policy developed with UNDP support; and expressing its willingness to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which are to be discussed by the Parliament shortly. The Government has also requested the UN to support the country during the transition. During the visit to Honiara by PBSO, the Prime Minister personally expressed his thanks and commitment to the agenda.

In this context, in July 2016 PBSO approved a $2.5 million project enabling the UN to support a peaceful and inclusive transition process in Solomon Islands, with a focus on dialogue and reconciliation and engagement of women and youth.

Project name/ ID One sentence explaining focus Period Budget RUNOs
PBF/IRF-140: Supporting peaceful and inclusive transition in Solomon Islands The project is designed to support efforts to sustain peace and stability in Solomon Islands during the transition period and to establish a sound foundation for follow up peacebuilding work, through two mutually reinforcing outcomes: (i) Inclusive space established for dialogue and reconciliation, and national capacity strengthened for implementation of peace policy; and (ii) Youth engaged in peace process with society and leadership. July 2016 – December 2017 $2.5 m UNDP, UN Women

Overview of PBF support and results:

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