The Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support introduced a paper on the implications of integrated peacebuilding strategies for the United Nations system, with the purpose of initiating a discussion in the Committee on how to develop better modalities for United Nations system engagement in the work of the Peacebuilding Commission. She provided the Committee with a comprehensive overview of the United Nations peacebuilding architecture and genesis of the establishment of the Commission. In that connection, she noted that peacebuilding involved a range of measures targeted to reduce the risk of lapsing or relapsing into conflict by strengthening national capacities at all levels for conflict management and to lay the foundations for sustainable peace and development.
Committee members raised a number of issues and challenges. They included the link between environmental degradation, conflict and extreme poverty; the management of natural resources; the political dimension of HIV/AIDS and other health issues in peacebuilding efforts; the value of the regional coordination mechanisms in linking peace and security with development issues, as well as of subregional initiatives; the need to assist national institutions quickly so that they do not collapse; the challenge of gaining access to funding in a timely manner so that the United Nations system can be responsive as soon as situations arise; the need to maximize the potential of the private sector in a post-conflict situation; how to destigmatize countries seen as conflict-oriented; and how organizations can be more responsive.
The Committee thanked the Assistant Secretary-General for her presentation, and congratulated her for the work that had been accomplished to date. Several members expressed their wish to further support ongoing efforts. In this connection, they reaffirmed their commitment to the new and inclusive element of coordination introduced through the peacebuilding process.
The Committee also agreed to the value of a discussion among executive heads at an appropriate time and decided to keep the issue under review.