Peacebuilding needs inclusive political process to sustain gains

New York, 21 May, 2019

At the UN Pakistan said that the gains of Peacekeeping operations can only be sustained if political processes are set in motion to prevent any relapse into conflict.

That is why the international community should invest in Peacebuilding which also entails adequate funding and capacity building of state institutions.

Speaking in the UN General Assembly in the debate on the Peacebuilding Commission and Peacebuilding Fund, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, stressed the need to keep the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) financially strong so as to enable the 31-member intergovernmental body meet the post-conflict needs of countries emerging from turmoil.

She called on the international community to invest in the Peacebuilding which entails adequate funding and capacity building of state institutions.

Peace, the Pakistani envoy also emphasized, is sustained when its foundations are based on inclusiveness.

“Nationally owned political processes must therefore be supported as only they can chart a sustainable path forward” she stated.

While noting the significant contribution of the UN’s Peacebuilding Commission over the years to support the efforts of countries emerging from conflict, Ambassador Lodhi stressed the critical role of the Commission in transition situations following conclusion of peacekeeping operations.

Peacekeeping efforts, therefore, should build on the work of UN peacekeepers to consolidate the efforts of blue helmets on the ground, she argued.

Ambassador Lodhi told the 193-member world body that as a founding member of the Commission, Pakistan, believed that peacebuilding was the natural and indispensable successor of peacekeeping.

She also told the General Assembly that Pakistan, along with Japan and Norway, was championing innovative financing to augment existing financial streams for the Peacebuilding Fund.

“We fully understand the importance of funding in peacebuilding”, she said and added that Pakistan looked forward to engaging with stakeholders in the system to explore options for strengthening the Fund both in terms of resources and utilization mechanisms.

Ambassador Lodhi welcomed the Commission’s emphasis on enhancing international and regional engagement with national governments.

At the same time, she argued for a greater role for women and putting gender at the heart of the Commission’s work. She also called for continued and stronger engagement by the Commission with regional organizations. This engagement, Ambassador Lodhi said, was critical, given their knowledge of local conditions, and the fact that countries coming out of conflict continued to face trans-border challenges.

Emphasizing the centrality of the principle of national ownership to the work of Peacebuilding Commission, Ambassador Lodhi stressed that national ownership must always remain front and center of the Commission’s efforts.