Conflict leads to unprecedented level of displacement

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Olof Skoog (second from right) UN Photo/Mark Garten

Intractable violent conflict has resulted in an unprecedented displacement of people around the world according to the chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission.

Ambassador Olof Skoog of Sweden made the comment at the opening of the Commission's annual meeting in New York on Tuesday.

Dianne Penn reports.

Ambassador Skoog said peacebuilding is about preventing conflict by supporting countries from relapsing into turmoil. 

He called for more support and financing to help nations on the pathway to peace. 

"The Peacebuilding Commission is mandated to marshal resources for post-conflict peacebuilding and recovery. I believe that we have yet to fully deliver on this promise and that we as a commission can be more innovative in our approach to resource mobilization. Second, in a few weeks heads of states and ministers will gather in Addis Ababa to adopt, we hope, a new agenda on financing for development. In light of this, there is need to spotlight the particular challenges related to funding for peacebuilding." 

The Peacebuilding Commission was established in 2005 and brings together donors, financial institutions, governments and countries that contribute troops to UN peacekeeping operations. 

Six countries are currently on its agenda: Burundi, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and the Central African Republic.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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