PBC helps countries move from conflict to peace

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A man votes as United Nations Observers look on, in Bangui, Central African Republic

The transition from conflict to sustainable peace and development can be a challenging one, says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

That's why the UN Peacebuilding Commission, the PBC, and its financial arm, the Peacebuilding Fund, were set up in 2005, to help struggling states avoid slipping back into war and chaos.

At a Security Council debate on the work of the Commission, the Secretary-General pointed out that there are a number of ways the UN's peacebuilding apparatus helps countries in transition.

“In Liberia, for example, the Peacebuilding Commission and Fund have worked closely with UN actors on the ground to strengthen existing field efforts in the area of security sector and justice reform. In Sierra Leone, the PBC and PBF have been supporting efforts to deepen democracy. In Guinea, after more than 50 years of dominance by the military, the country has moved towards democratic rule and we are supporting the crucially important step of conducting a military census and providing a retirement programme for 4,000 military personnel.”

The Secretary-General says in order for the Peacebuilding Commission to fully meet its potential, the Security Council needs to offer greater clarity on what type of advice it would like from the Commission.

Duration: 39″

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