New head of UN Peacebuilding Commission outlines main priorities

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Chairman of the UN Peacebuilding Commission Ambassador Cho Tae-yul of the Republic of Korea briefs the press. On the left is Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Increasing dialogue with regional organizations will be one of the main priorities of the new chair of a UN advisory body which supports peace efforts in countries emerging from conflict.

Ambassador Cho Tae-yul of the Republic of Korea shared his vision for the UN Peacebuilding Commission with journalists in New York on Wednesday.

He succeeds Ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Peacebuilding Commission was established more than a decade ago to marshal resources and propose strategies for post-conflict peacebuilding and recovery.

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

Ambassador Cho said his top priority will be to further elevate and mainstream what he called the "sustaining peace agenda" throughout the UN system.

"First and foremost, we must weave the concept of sustaining peace throughout the UN system and into every aspect of UN activities. Number two is that I will build on the progress made under the chairmanship of my predecessor in building a partnership with relevant stakeholders, especially the regional and sub-regional organizations, starting with the most important partner in this regard; that is, the African Union. Given there deep knowledge of local realities and contexts, I think they are better poised to understand the underlying root causes of the local conflicts and can better provide advice for the appropriate prescriptions for the conflicts."

The new chair also emphasised the need to promote and expand women's participation in the peacebuilding process.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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