Delegation of the European Union
to the United Nations - New York

EU Statement – United Nations Peacebuilding Commission: 2020 Review of UN Peacebuilding Architecture

New York, 25/11/2019 - 19:46, UNIQUE ID: 191125_19
Statements on behalf of the EU

22 November 2019, New York - Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States by Carmen Csernelházi, Political Counsellor, at the European Union Delegation to the United Nations, at the Open Meeting of the Peacebuilding Commission on the Launch of the 2020 Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture

Mr. Secretary-General, Mr. Vice-President of the General Assembly, Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, Ambassadors, distinguished Colleagues,


I have the honor to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.

  • The 2020 review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture invites our joint efforts to further strengthen the United Nation`s work on peacebuilding and sustaining peace. We continue to strongly support the vision of the Secretary-General as presented in his Report on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace, driven by the endeavour to sustain peace in a more efficient, effective and impactful way. The PBA review represents a unique opportunity to pursue the ambitions of the sustaining peace agenda in a meaningful and inclusive manner.
  • We are at an important juncture of the implementation of the UN reforms and of the sustaining peace agenda, benefitting from the synergies of a more efficient UN action in the realm of peace and security, human rights and development. The integration of PBSO into the DPPA has produced early and tangible results both in terms of the Peacebuilding Commission`s activities, and the UN`s impact in the field.
  • We are happy to see a growing convergence of views as reflected by the Action for Peacekeeping Initiative (A4P) on how the "peace continuum" can be better articulated, as also illustrated by ongoing transition processes from peacekeeping towards other types of UN presence on the ground. In light of these developments we encourage the reinforcement of the PBC`s advisory role towards the UNSC. We also call for the strengthening of the advisory function of the PBC towards the GA and ECOSOC respectively, so that the bridging potential of the PBC is fully harnessed.
  • As a regional organisation seeking partnership with the UN, other regional and sub-regional organisations, the World Bank and the IFIs, the EU wishes to use its wide network of international partners and engage in concrete actions to build and sustain peace. We hope that the informal phase of the PBA review will materialise through an inclusive consultative process including civil society organizations, academia and other relevant stakeholders, to be followed by progressive steps during the inter-governmental, formal phase later next year.
  • Beyond taking stock of the important developments achieved so far, we should aim at opening new perspectives, keeping in mind the potential of processes still to be harnessed, and discussing how to overcome possible challenges in pursuing our endeavors of building and sustaining peace.
  • We need to move towards a better articulation between the priorities addressed in the PBC and the projects financed by the PBF that would allow for increased consistency between the political aims and peacebuilding action on the ground.
  • This will demand the full use of the UN’s political tools, including preventive diplomacy and mediation that serves reconciliation. Peacebuilding and sustaining peace are inherently linked to good governance and the rule of law operating in the context of inclusive political settlements.  


  • The EU`s strong multilateral approach and its attachment to integrated solutions provides the framework for a more holistic engagement to prevent and solve conflicts, and promote human security. Local ownership, inclusiveness, the sustainability of actions is crucial through our engagement with national and local authorities, grass root communities and the civil society. Throughout the review process we will endeavour to emphasise the empowerment of women and youth and the link between inclusive peacebuilding and community-level engagement.
  • As reconfirmed by the 2018 High Level Meeting and our resolutions adopted on that occasion, sustaining peace is the joint responsibility of Governments and societies, and should flow through all three pillars of the UN – peace and security, development and human rights. The 2020 review of the PBA should preserve this `acquis` and achieve further progress on a system-wide scope, involving the collaboration and the sustained support of the entire membership.

Thank you.

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