9-10 a.m. (New York)
Seventy-five years ago, the United Nations was created “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”. Acknowledging that peace means more than the absence of war, in 2005 the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) was established to address the underlying drivers of conflict and support the conditions for lasting peace in countries emerging from conflict. The PBC embodies the notion that there can be no peace without development and no development without peace.
The 2020 review of the United Nations peacebuilding architecture will conclude with a General Assembly resolution in December. A group of independent eminent persons asked to contribute to the review believes important weaknesses exist, including the need to deepen national ownership of peacebuilding efforts, further integrate development and humanitarian work nationally and globally, dramatically enhance the role of women and youth, and greatly scale up resources. And the Global Peace Index suggests that “peacefulness” is deteriorating steadily. Global military spending nearing US$1.9 trillion per year also indicates growing geopolitical tensions.
This briefing, aimed at MPs following international relations and security issues, will look at whether the UN peacebuilding architecture is fit for purpose, and whether the upcoming General Assembly resolution will lead to deeper reforms.
- Mr. Oscar Taranco, UN Assistant Secretary-General, Peacebuilding Support Office
- Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, group of Independent Eminent Persons on peacebuilding
- Ms. Jacqueline O’Neill, Canada’s Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security
For more information, see the flyer.
Please note that the briefing is open to MPs and their staff only. Registration details have been sent to all parliaments through the IPU group secretaries. If you are an interested MP and you did not get the invitation, please contact the IPU Observer Office at the United Nations at firstname.lastname@example.org.