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United Nations Peacebuilding Commission

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support is provided by the United Kingdom to the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission. (196828)

The UK drove the establishment of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) in 2005 and has since been a very active member of the PBC’s Organisational Committee.

The UK continues to provide full support to the PBC, working closely with partner countries and with countries on the PBC’s agenda. Through our mission to the UN in New York and our Embassies and the Department for International Development (DFID) offices in Burundi and Sierra Leone, the UK has assisted with the development of the Strategic Peacebuilding Frameworks for both countries and are now engaged in supporting their monitoring and implementation. We are working closely with Brazil, chair of the Country Specific Meeting for Guinea-Bissau, the latter being the most recent country on the PBC’s agenda.

We, in particular through the UK Mission to the UN, also work closely with the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), which act as the secretariat to the PBC. DFID has provided US$1 million in support to the PBSO over two years.