Pakistan calls for boosting UN body’s peace efforts in post-conflict nations

NEW YORK: At the UN Security Council, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi called for prioritising peace building by financially strengthening the UN Peace Building Commission saying that it would boost the peace efforts in countries emerging from conflict.
While speaking in the Security Council open debate on ‘Post-Conflict Peace building: review of the peace building architecture’, Pakistan’s permanent representative said that strengthened peace building is in the interest of all. Ambassador Lodhi pointed out that failure to prioritise peace building leads to tragic cycles of relapse into turmoil and conflict. She called for addressing the root causes of conflict saying that it is extremely important to avoid its recurrence. “But this requires long-term commitment and adequate and predictable financing,” she added.
The Peace Building Commission, which is an intergovernmental body established in 2005 is tasked with making recommendations on post-conflict recovery, reconstruction and development. Ambassador Lodhi recalled that Pakistan had first proposed in 2004 the idea of an ad hoc arrangement to draw different UN bodies together in addressing complex crises. She said that peace building works best as an integral part of a continuum from conflict prevention, peacekeeping and to post-conflict reconstruction.
She said, “The support of the international community wanes with the departure of TV crews in the aftermath of conflict, which leaves the country with weak state institutions, a power vacuum, weak economy and lack of financial resources, the confluence of which is a recipe for a descent into chaos.” Ambassador Lodhi said that the international community should prioritise prevention, take a holistic approach to sustaining peace, attach due importance to domestic resource mobilisation while working on enhanced international support, encourage greater collaboration between the United Nations and the World Bank Group as well as other regional and international partners and ensure inclusive national ownership. Agencies

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