Statement by Legal Advisor Kerstin Pürschel at the General Assembly’s meeting on the report of the Peacebuilding Commission and the Peacebuilding Fund

20.04.2017 - Press release

Mr. President,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Colleagues,

Germany aligns itself with the statement to be delivered by the European Union on behalf of the Union.

Mr. President,

Allow me to add just three brief points from the German perspective:

First: We believe the sustaining peace resolutions were milestones in putting prevention first. We also laud the Secretary-General for making prevention his top priority. We wish to support him in his efforts, primarily by helping restructure the UN Secretariat to make it fit for purpose in terms of conflict prevention. The reports in front of us show us how a little money upfront can prevent costly conflicts later on.

Second: The PBC and the PBF play a vital role in all phases of a conflict, but especially during the crucial transition phases when a peace operation comes to an end and country teams need all the support they can get. We need to emphasize and institutionalize this work.

Third: To complement our support of the PBC, Germany is promoting stabilization efforts in fragile states. We believe the best way to support political processes is by taking a comprehensive approach. As an example, Germany has enhanced its civil stabilization measures in Mali alongside its military and police engagement. And in addition to the 5 million euros we have contributed to the DDR process, we have also increased our support for the Ministry of Reconciliation and its High Representative to 9.1 million euros.

Beyond our bilateral engagement, Germany has made significant contributions to the Peacebuilding Fund, having given 22 million USD in 2016. Germany stands ready to support the fund and its valuable work in the future.

Thank you.

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