About the Peacebuilding Commission

The UN established the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) in 2005 to improve the international community's support for countries just emerging from violent conflict. The PBC is an intergovernmental advisory body with 31 member states. It provides short to medium-term engagement between the international community and vulnerable governments and serves as a forum for bringing together all relevant stakeholders to ensure better coordination in peacebuilding.

The PBC was created by the Security Council and General Assembly in joint resolutions (S/RES/1645 and A/RES/60/180and began meeting in June 2006. Within the UN system, PBC is unprecedented in its organisation and mandate, including providing advice to the Security Council, the General Assembly (GA) the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on critical peacebuilding issues. The PBC is also mandated to engage with the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), European Union (EU) and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) .

The parallel Security Council and General Assembly resolutions A/RES/70/262 and S/RES/2282 from april 2016 also call on the PBC to serve as a convening, bridging and advisory body that brings attention to sustaining peace and preventing the outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of conflict. For this aim, the PBC should:

1) Provide political accompaniment to countries affected by conflict.

2) Convene all relevant stakeholders from the UN and beyond, including Member States, national authorities, a diverse spectrum of civil society groups, international, regional and subregional organisations, national human rights institutions, international financial institutions and the private sector. 

3) Bridge and advise relevant bodies of the UN, promoting an integrated, strategic and coherent approach to peacebuilding with a focus on the linkages between UN's pillars of development, human rights and security.




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