The annual high-level stakeholders meeting of the Peacebuilding Fund was held on 22 November 2011. The meeting, chaired by ASG Cheng-Hopkins, opened with a speech by the Secretary-General and the keynote address was given by the President of Kyrgyzstan Ms. Roza Otunbayeva.
Download Address of H.E. Ms. R. Otunbayeva
Download ASG Cheng-Hopkins' speech
Download Statement of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, H.E. Ms. R. Otunbayeva
H.E. Ms. Roza Isakovna Otunbayeva, the President of Kyrgyzstan took time from her busy schedule at the United Nations General Assembly on 19 September 2011 to visit the Peacebuilding Support Office. During the visit, the President expressed her appreciation for the US$10 million of rapid support provided from the Peacebuilding Fund. The resources enabled UN organizations – including: FAO; OHCHR; UNDP; UNFPA; UNHCR; UNICEF; UNWOMEN; and WFP – to support her Government’s Policy of Reconciliation and Ethnic Consolidation. Key activities include: community-based reconciliation; establishing infrastructures for peace; water-resource management for multi-ethnic reconciliation; administration of justice; strengthening media capacity to promote peace and tolerance; empowering youth and women in peacebuilding and reconciliation. The funding passed through the Fund’s Immediate Response Facility.
The Assistant Secretary-General, Office of Programme Planning, Budgets and Accounts, and Controller signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Administrative Agent of the Peacebuilding Fund which enables UN Secretariat bodies, for the first time with the PBF, to act directly as Implementing Partners for Fund projects. In order to provide guidance under the newly-signed MoU, PBF prepared a series of Questions and Answers on the UN Secretariat entities access to PBF Funds.
Download Questions and Answers on the UN Secretariat entities
This consolidated report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2010 and provides narrative, results-based and financial information on progress made in the implementation of projects funded by the PBF, as well as the common achievements and challenges. Information on results has been consolidated both under the global thematic areas of the PBF as well as under each country where the PBF is active. The report is prepared based on information and data contained in the individual progress reports and financial reports and statements submitted by Recipient
Organizations to the MDTF Office. It is neither an evaluation of the PBF, nor the MDTF Office’s assessment of the performance of the Recipient Organizations. However, the report does provide PBSO and PBF country-level Steering Committees with a comprehensive overview of achievements and challenges associated with projects funded by the PBF, enabling them to make strategic decisions and take corrective measures, as appropriate. As Manager of the PBF, PBSO is responsible for performance assessment, using a variety of tools including independent country evaluations.
A Peacebuilding Priority Plan for Guatemala has been approved and covers the most important challenges of outcome 5 of Guatemala’s United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2010 – 2014 referring to Development Assistance for rule of Law, Justice and Security. Jointly determined priorities are the following:
Technical and human capacity of the national police (re)built with special attention to equipping and skill training to promote strict adherence to the constitution, discipline, civic education, professionalism and human resource management.
Judiciary system is strengthened through equipping, staffing and training of Office of the magistrate and courts to establish credibility, professionalism, independence, and efficiency in the judiciary system and inclusive law reform in order to institue rule of law.
National reconciliation processes focused on promotion of peace and of a culture of inclusive peaceful coexistence, as well as on resolution of conflicts, are strengthened and the most urgent human rights legacies of the conflict addressed, including responsible media;
Good governance, transparency of public financial management improved and corruption addressed;
Exercising of fundamental human rights by general public improved to redress enduring practices of political and economic exclusion.
The quarterly report on the International Security and Stabilization Support Strategy (ISSSS) for the Democratic Republic of Congo has been published. The ISSSS supports the Government’s stabilization and reconstruction plan in Eastern DRC. Several milestones were reached during this 1st quarter of 2011 including
- handover of the first new administrative and judicial facilities;
- handover of the first new state infrastructure in South Kivu;
- closure of a major joint programme to support return and reintegration in South Kivu
The full report can be downloaded hereDownload ISSS Report for the Democratic Republic of Congo
The Peacebuilding Fund’s second annual stakeholders’ meeting will be held at the United Nations, Conference Room 4 on 22 November 2011 in New York to showcase the Fund’s efforts and to mobilize new financial pledges and contributions for 2012.
The Secretary-General will officially open the discussion and pledging session of the meeting at 11:00am. A roundtable side event with experts and practitioners and titled: “Natural resource management in the context of peacebuilding” will be held in the afternoon from 3:00-6:00pm in Conference Room E.
At the request of the General Assembly and the Security Council, the Secretary-General of the United Nations established a multi-year standing Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) to support post-conflict peacebuilding in direct response to country need. The Fund has now received contributions for five years (2006-2010). Reviews of the Fund in 2008 and 2009 together with an update of the Terms of Reference have all reflected on experiences of and suggested ways forward for the PBF.Download Peacebuilding Fund Business Plan 2011-2013
New York 15 January 2009 – The Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) briefed donors on the status of the PBF and updates on PBF-supported activities (see PBSO presentation). PBSO also presented an overview of projects with a particular focus on women and peacebuilding, as well as the latest PBF Bulletin.