Security Council urged to shape Peacebuilding Commission to face global challenges

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The Security Council has been urged to shape a peace-building structure that would be relevant and effective in helping countries emerging from conflict.

The appeal was made by UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson on Wednesday during an open meeting on Post-conflict Peacebuilding.

He cited the missions in Sierra Leone and Timor Leste as examples of how post-conflict Peacebuilding can prevent a relapse into violence and underpin a country's development after conflict.

On the other hand, he added, the recent upsurges of violence in the Central African Republic and South Sudan demonstrate the unpredictable environment for peace-building and the great risks involved.

"I would like to appeal to the Council to take advantage of the review of the peace-building architecture in 2015 to shape the kind of PBC that will be relevant, catalytic and effective, not least from the perspective of the Security Council. The realities in the world certainly remind us that there is a need for such a function and such a UN role. These challenges are many, these challenges are serious these challenges are urgent in countries like Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Mali, and Somalia." (29")

Mr. Eliasson recalled that the Peacebuilding Commission was established in 2005 in response to the frequent relapse into violence of countries emerging from armed conflict.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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