UN General Assembly and Security Council Adopt Resolutions on Peacebuilding
27 April 2016 – In a rare bicameral event, the General Assembly and the
Security Council today adopted substantively identical resolutions on the UN
Peacebuilding Architecture, providing renewed momentum for the focus on
‘sustaining peace’ within the UN system.
peacebuilding activities directly affect millions of people in dozens of
conflict-affected countries, including in the 27 countries where the
Peacebuilding Fund sponsors initiatives to strengthen a fragile peace or
prevent conflict from breaking out, such as the salary payments of police and
gendarmerie in the Central African Republic, the release of more than 700 child
soldiers in Myanmar, the construction of cantonment camps for thousands of
combatants in northern Mali or the network of women groups mediating in more
than 5,000 local conflicts in Burundi.
are the most comprehensive resolutions on peacebuilding ever adopted by the UN.
They define the central concept of ‘sustaining peace’ as both a goal and a
process, one which is owned by national stakeholders but which needs sustained
international attention and assistance. “Sustaining peace” means that
activities are aimed at preventing the outbreak, escalation, continuation and
recurrence of conflict, and that they would address the root causes of
means the UN will look to access all its peace and security, development and
human rights engagements more coherently, both at Headquarters and around the
world, to reduce the high human cost and suffering brought about by so many
simultaneous security and humanitarian crises. Peacekeeping operations and UN
country teams will make peacebuilding a more integral part of their work.