US Envoy to UN: Donor Response for Peacebuilding Efforts Needs to be Quick, Effective

U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations Alejandro Wolff said it necessary for peacebuilding efforts both to be locally owned and led. To attend to the needs of post-conflict governments identified by them, donors need to “respond more rapidly, more effectively, and more efficiently,” Wolff said during a debate on post-conflict peacebuilding at the U.N. headquarters in New York. Aside from a quick, effective response from donors, peacebuilding agendas should also take into account the recruitment of qualified international personnel, particularly at senior levels, and ensure that they “arrive when needed, and stay long enough to make a difference,” Wolff said. Moreover, peacekeeping activities should enable the transition of tasks from international peacekeepers to domestic personnel. “When national authorities seek external aid, they do so within the context of achieving self-sufficiency. In particular, post-conflict governments prefer to rebuild their own criminal justice sectors and security institutions as quickly as possible rather than rely on the indefinite presence of even warmly welcomed peacekeepers and outsiders,” Wolff said. International peacebuilders also need to better grasp the political landscape in the country, which they work in. The U.N., donors and other partners must consider the political dimensions of peacebuilding.  “When national actors warn us of lurking dangers, we must listen.  Similarly, the international community must have the courage to share its own concerns with our partners about ways in which their actions could undermine a peace process or threaten regional stability,” he said.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.