New York, 10 August 2016 – Marc-André Franche has been appointed as the new Chief of the Financing for Peacebuilding Branch of the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), tasked with overseeing the day-to-day management of the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF).
Franche is currently the Country Director in Pakistan for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He will start at PBSO on 6 September 2016.
“I’m thrilled to be joining UN Peacebuilding and taking on this new challenge,” Franche said. “The role of the Peacebuilding Fund in preventing violent conflict is critical and I look forward to join the Fund at a time when the UN is increasingly focusing on prevention over intervention.”
He joins PBF at an important moment, as the Fund is addressing a budget shortfall with a Pledging Conference on 21 September and UN Peacebuilding has gained new momentum with twin resolutions by the General Assembly and the Security Council, which expanded the notion of peacebuilding to include ‘sustaining peace’ in general and tasked the entire UN system with the implementation of this new focus.
“The selection process was extremely competitive,” said Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support. “I am sure that Marc-André will be a great fit to our PBSO family and lead the PBF and the team to new levels.”
Franche has over 15 years of experience with UNDP in Haiti, the Regional Bureau for Latin America (UNDP-NY), Colombia and Bolivia. He holds dual Canadian and Colombian nationality.