UN Peacebuilding Fund faces "desperate funding shortfall"

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Jan Eliasson. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

A United Nations fund to promote peace in post-conflict countries is facing a "desperate funding shortfall", Jan Eliasson, the deputy UN chief warned on Thursday.

The Peacebuilding Fund was set up to support countries emerging from war to prevent a relapse into conflict.

A pledging conference is expected to be held in September organized by Member States.

Jocelyne Sambira has the story.

Despite the high praise the UN Peacebuilding Fund has received, it is now facing a "desperate funding shortfall" and it needs to be addressed urgently. 

That's what the UN Deputy Secretary-General told an annual meeting of the Peacebuilding Commission, the organization's intergovernmental advisory body. 

Jan Eliasson urged Member States to attend a pledging conference scheduled in September and donate generously. 

Much is at stake for the people in need as well as the credibility of the new direction set for UN peacebuilding, he said. 

"Development funding tends to come too late and declines too early, often just as, or even before, our missions are drawing down. Some have referred to this as a "financial cliff." The Peacebuilding Fund was created in part to avoid this cliff by providing quick funding for critical peacebuilding initiatives – as it did, for example, in Sierra Leone after UNIPSIL left."

Established in 2005, the Peacebuilding Commission brings together donors, financial institutions, governments and troop contributing countries to UN peace operations. 

The UN aims to reduce the high human cost from so many simultaneous security and humanitarian crises. 

The organization is looking beyond post-conflict peacebuilding to embrace the concept of “sustaining peace,” which encompasses all stages of a conflict. 

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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