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
It is increasingly recognized that women bear the brunt of conflict. It is also recognized that women have a vital role to play in rebuilding society after conflict. Women’s roles in conflict and post-conflict societies range from perpetrators of armed violence to witnesses, victims, economic entrepreneurs, healers and re-builders of communities. However, women are often absent at peace negotiation tables, and their needs not systematically integrated in post-conflict programming.
The Peacebuilding Fund recognizes that systematic inclusion of women in peacebuilding is intrinsic to the just reconstruction of political, legal, economic and social structures, and to the advancement of gender equality goals. Together with its partners, the PBF aims to contribute to gender equality by increasing the participation of women in political processes, strengthen their voices in post-conflict planning processes and address their specific post-conflict needs. In doing so, the PBF supports the ever expanding Women, Peace and Security agenda, reflected in Security Council Resolutions 1325, 1820, 1888, 1889 and 1960.
The PBF supports a range of peacebuilding activities that promote gender equality, address women’s needs and empower women.
- In Nepal, the PBF has supported the provision of reproductive healthcare services to female ex-combatants from the Maoist army during the discharge and reintegration process, thereby ensuring a gender-sensitive DDR process;
- In Liberia, support from the PBF has enabled the establishment of a specialized unit within the Ministry of Justice exclusively dedicated to prosecuting crimes of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), as well as the training of judiciary and police on cases-processing and victim support;
- In the Central African Republic, the PBF supports activities to enhance access to justice for women in rural, conflict-prone areas through training of paralegals and awareness campaigns, as well as their economic empowerment through micro-credit activities;
- In Guinea-Conakry, Burundi and Comoros, the PBF supports the participation of women’s civil society organizations in the peace building process, and strengthening economic opportunities for female entrepreneurs.
In his 2010 report on Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding (S/2010/498), the UN Secretary General presented a 7-point action plan to strengthen implementation of the Security Council resolution 1325.
As part of that plan, he committed the PBF to allocate at least 15 per cent of its resources to projects that are designed to address women’s specific needs, advance gender equality and/or empower women, with a mid-term target of 10 % by October 2012. In addition and as an overall principle, the Fund is committed to ensuring that gender is mainstreamed throughout its projects. The adoption of a gender marker late 2009 has allowed the Fund to better track these commitments.
PBF Gender Promotion Initiative
On June 2, the PBSO launched a $5 million call for proposals; the PBF Gender Promotion Initiative. In response to the findings of the 2010 Secretary-General’s report on Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding, this Initiative aims to:
- Help implement the commitments of the Secretary-General’s 7-point action Plan on Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding;
- Address gender-equality concerns and strengthen women’s empowerment within the PBF portfolio; and
- Stimulate UN system learning in programming of gender-responsive peacebuilding projects, including the collection and dissemination of good practices.
16 countries that have been declared eligible by the Secretary-General to receive PBF funding were invited to submit peacebuilding projects that advance gender equality, address women’s and girls’ needs and/or empower women. The level of response was encouraging: PBSO received 22 proposals from 15 countries totaling USD 19.1 million.
On 14 and 15 September 2011, a special Project Appraisal Committee convened to assess the projects received for this call. The Project Appraisal Committee consisted of four PBSO representatives and three external experts. Download PBF Gender Promotion Initiative Conditionally Approved Projects Seven Proposals were conditionally approved under this call, and technical follow-up will now be undertaken with country teams. PBF looks forward to generating good practices in the area of women and peacebuilding programming through this Initiative.
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