Peacebuilding: Italy reaffirms support, calls for sustained financing

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NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 2 – Addressing the Peacebuilding Commission, Italy today reaffirmed its support and joined the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, in calling for adequate, predictable and sustained financing for peacebuilding which in turn is key to keep development, humanitarian and security efforts on a sustainable path.

In his message to the Commission, Guterres called upon every Member State to make a voluntary contribution, “reflecting our mutual recognition that peacebuilding and sustaining peace are core mandates of our Organization, and are inseparable from sustainable development recovery, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic”.

Guterres argued that sustained support for peacebuilding cannot be delivered by any single actor: “It requires a multilayered strategy, with several layers of financing – bilateral, multilateral, and the International Financial Institutions – working in concert”. He therefore urged donors to reverse a “worrying trend” and commit to spending at least 20 per cent of Official Development Assistance on peacebuilding priorities in conflict-affected settings. (@OnuItalia)