U.N. Peacebuilding Commission Aims to Enhance Regional Partnerships in 2017

New York, Strengthening the United Nation’s partnerships with the African Union, empowering women and youth, and greater cooperation with the World Bank will be among the key priorities this year for the U.N. Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), its new chairman, Ambassador Cho Tae-yul, said.

Cho, who is also the permanent representative of the Republic of Korea to the U.N., told journalists in New York that he is “very much encouraged” by the enthusiasm among member states for great international cooperation, which “bodes very well for the PBC.” “They are better poised to understand the root causes,” Cho said, adding that he is personally in support of stronger regional cooperation, particularly in Africa, where all six of the countries currently on the PBC agenda are located.

Created in 2005, the PBC supports a country through all stages of a conflict, including post-conflict recovery and socio-economic development. It sits between the U.N. Security Council, whose 15 members are primarily tasked with maintaining peace and security in the world; the general assembly, whose membership includes all 193 member states; and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which works with the specialized U.N. agencies.

The PBC is an intergovernmental advisory body that supports peace efforts in conflict affected countries, and is a key addition to the capacity of the international community in the broad peace agenda.

Source: Qatar News Agency