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Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Yusra Khan
Deputy Permanent Representative
at the Peacebuilding Fund Third Annual High-Level Stakeholders Meeting
New York, 29 November, 2012
On behalf of the Indonesian delegation, let me first join others in
thanking the UN Secretary General, H.E. Ban Ki-moon, for his useful
remarks. Indonesia also thanks Ms. Tawakkol Karman of Yemen,
Nobel Laureate and Mr. Jamal Benomar, SRSG for Yamen on her valuable
I thank you, Madam Chair, and Mr. Jan Knutsson, Chair of the
Peacebuilding Fund Advisory Group, for informing us about the
achievements and challenges ahead of the PBF.
Indonesia, as a founding Member of the Peacebuilding Commission, and as
an initial and persistent supporter and contributor to the PBF, is
pleased that that both the PBC and PBF, in a relatively short span of
time, have progressed efficiently, and marked their vital status
As reflected in the 2012 Sec-Gen’s report (A/66/659), the Fund has been
supporting around 129 projects in 11 countries in 2011. That the Fund
has one of the largest donor bases of a UN multi-donor trust fund
demonstrates the Fund’s crucial role internationally, as well as its
potential in yielding quick and effective peace dividends.
Allow me to offer following further observations on the PBF:
First, we are pleased that through hard work and dedication by UN
system stakeholders along with those in countries to which the Fund
supports, the Fund’s service delivery, projects’ efficiency and
coordination have improved over the years.
Second, we appreciate that the PBC’s work in supporting the
implementation of peace agreements and its role in backing SSR, DDR,
rule of law, economic activities and re-establishment of essential
administrative services, to a significant degree, has helped peace in
the agenda countries. In this effort, the PBF’s contribution will
continue to be critical.
Third, as outlined in the Sec-Gen’s previous report, several steps to
enhance the Fund’s performance, such as improved business and
performance management plans, rapid response, expansion of allocations,
greater country support, organization of annual stakeholder forums as
well as increased synergy with the Commission continue to be important,
We hope that the Fund will intensify its work in this regard, and the
opportunities and challenges mentioned in the Sec-Gen’s report will be
more effectively approached.
Fourth, there are indeed opportunities. My delegation believes that the
civilian capacities review initiative launched by the Secretary-General
facilitates the creation of new avenues for the Fund to support
institutions in post-conflict settings.
We concur with the Sec-Gen’s view that as more countries passing
through their political transitions would likely seek assistance, a
strong and responsive PBF will be a potent tool for the UN to ably
assist countries in their peacebuilding.
Fifth, we believe that an active, regular and transparent dialogue
among Member States and relevant UN and non-UN actors on how to better
enable the needed financing for civilian capabilities as well as other
peacebuilding purposes remains extremely important.
In this context, we support the role by the PBF to also support
the developing countries in their efforts to assist post-conflict
countries in their national capacity development.
It is very positive to see the widespread support expressed here for
the PBF. Indonesia, certainly, will remain consistent in its support,
including through its financial contribution.
In closing, I would like to commend ASG Judy Cheng-Hopkins along with
her dedicated staff in the PBSO for the Fund’s management, as well as
the UNDP for administering the Fund in a transparent and accountable
I thank you.