$100 million appeal launched for UN Peacebuilding fundListen /
UN Member States have been urged to support the annual $100 million target of a United Nations fund that helps post-conflict countries build lasting peace.
Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson made the appeal at the fourth annual stakeholders' meeting of the UN Peacebuilding Fund on Tuesday in New York.
The Fund was launched in 2006 to support activities, actions, programmes and organizations that seek to build a lasting peace in countries emerging from conflict.
Jan Eliasson said the Fund was set up so that it could act fast, intervene more effectively and help countries move energetically from conflict to peace.
"The Peacebuilding Fund has made great strides towards meeting this goal. Just last month the first-ever global independent review found that the Fund's facilities and I quote 'have proven useful both for being able to provide rapid assistance where needed and to help address the conflict causes and drivers that required sustained' attention end of quote. The review stated that over the years, the Fund has built a much stronger platform and developed substantial credibility with partners."
The Fund also contributes to the UN's Rights Up-Front initiative which places the promotion of respect for human rights at the core of the Organization's agenda.
The Fund has received over half a billion dollars since 2006, of which more than $490 million has been allocated, the UN deputy chief said.
It has made new commitments to Burundi, Central African Republic, Guinea, Somalia and Yemen, among others.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.