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.
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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.
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The Peacebuilding Fund recognizes that systematic inclusion of women in peacebuilding is essential to the just reconstruction of political, legal, economic and social structures, and to the advancement of gender equality goals. This is not only a matter of women’s and girl’s rights, but of effective peacebuilding.
The Security Council has highlighted, through the adoption of a broad normative framework of several resolutions, the importance of increasing women’s participation in preventing, resolving and recovering from conflict, as well as the necessity to address the impact of conflict on women. The importance of women’s role in the economic recovery, social cohesion and political legitimacy of war-torn societies has also been the focus of the Secretary-General 2010 report on “Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding” (S/2010/466). The report defined a Seven-Point Action Plan on Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding outlining commitments in 7 areas, to ensure that women’s priorities are addressed, their participation is guaranteed and a gender perspective is applied to all aspects of peacebuilding. Under the areas on financing, the Secretary-General committed the UN system to allocate at least 15% of UN-managed funds in support of peacebuilding to projects that “address women’s specific needs, advance gender equality or empower women” as their principle objective.
Together with its partners, the PBF wants to strengthen the participation of women in political processes, enhance their voices in post-conflict planning processes and address their specific post-conflict needs. The PBF recognizes that rebuilding after conflict is the opportunity to “build back better” by addressing gender inequality and reaffirming women’s civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. In addition, PBF underscores the conclusion of the Secretary-General’s report on “Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding” that, in post-conflict settings, targeted interventions are required to break patterns of violence and to capitalize on the leadership roles women may assume during conflicts.
Since becoming operational in 2007, the PBF has adopted proactive measures to support peacebuilding approaches that promote gender equality as part of its strategy to prevent relapse into conflict. A gender marker was adopted in 2009 to track these commitments. As an overall principle, and as reaffirmed in its 2014-2016 Business Plan, PBF works to make sure that its entire portfolio is gender mainstreamed, i.e. that all peacebuilding interventions it supports consider gender issues as part of the conflict analysis, priority setting, budget allocation, implementation, as well as in monitoring and evaluation.
Some examples of PBF-supported peacebuilding activities that promote gender equality and empower women:
- In Guinea Conakry (2013) and Guinea Bissau (2014), the PBF supported the monitoring of the elections by women from civil society through the set-up of a Women Situation Room which acted as early warning mechanism and contributed to peaceful elections.
- In Yemen, PBF supported women and young people’s participation in the National Dialogue, enabling them to develop common positions across party lines.
- In Nepal, the PBF has funded the provision of reproductive health services, psychosocial and legal counselling, and livelihood support to survivors of gender-based violence, combined with a “do-no-harm” approach to documenting sexual violence cases.
- 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 2011, to help meet the SG’s 15% target, PBF launched a first Gender Promotion Initiative (GPI), calling for targeted projects on women’s empowerment and gender equality. This first GPI allocated US$ 6.1 million to 8 projects (in Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Nepal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda), which as of August 2014 are mostly still being implemented.Download Overview of PBF Gender Promotion Initiative 1
In great part thanks to this GPI, PBF reached the mid-term 10% target that had been defined by the Policy Committee for 2012. However, in 2013, PBF saw the proportion of projects targeted gender equality as main objective decrease to 7.4%, demonstrating that proactive, exceptional measures remain indispensable to promote gender in peacebuilding programmes and projects.
The 2013 independent Global Review of the PBF, as well as the independent Thematic Review on Gender and Peacebuilding commissioned by PBSO in mid-2013, both recommended that a second Gender Promotion Initiative be launched to continue actively promoting and funding gender-responsive peacebuilding.
On 3 September 2014, the Peacebuilding Fund is launching a second Gender Promotion Initiative (GPI2), to continue deepening the integration of women’s empowerment and gender equality in the overall peacebuilding portfolios supported by PBF in selected countries. The GPI2 also aims at increasing PBF’s total funding allocation to projects dedicated to advance gender equality and/or empower women. This second GPI is open to countries that are currently recipient of PBF’s Peacebuilding and Recovery Facility (PRF) or are implementing several IRF (Immediate Recovery Facility) projects. 17 countries are eligible to apply: Burundi, CAR, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Mali, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Yemen. Joint projects are encouraged, up to US$1 million. The deadline to submit concept notes – including a short justification, the project’s expected outcome, theory of change, overview of key activities, partners and budget – is 3 October, 2014.Download GPI2 Concept note
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