Egypt urges sustained peacebuilding funding for conflict-affected states at UNGA meeting

Amr Kandil , Thursday 28 Apr 2022

Egypt called for adequate, sustained, and predictable funding for peacebuilding activities in conflict-affected countries during a high-level meeting of the General Assembly on financing for peacebuilding at its 76th session on Wednesday.

Osama Abdel-Khalek
Egypt's Permanent Representative to the UN Osama Abdel-Khalek delivers a speech during a high-level meeting of the General Assembly on financing for peacebuilding, 27 April 2022. (photo courtesy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Egypt's Permanent Representative to the UN Osama Abdel-Khalek delivered a joint cross-regional statement on behalf of 108 countries during the meeting, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

This includes all countries of the African Group at the UN and the European Union as well as a number of Asian, North American, South American, and Caribbean countries, the statement said.

During the meeting, Abdel-Khalek highlighted the need for a comprehensive solution to the challenge of funding peacebuilding by exploring all available funding options, including the contributions of member states.

This is the first time for a group of cross-regional countries to speak with one voice to support investment in peacebuilding finance and preventing conflicts by securing adequate funding in this regard, Abdel-Khalek said.

A very encouraging start to the #UNGA HLM on @UNPeacebuilding Financing. Honored to deliver a joint cross-regional statement on behalf of 108 countries that called for an action-oriented outcome in the form of a negotiated resolution 1/2.

— Egypt PR to the UN in New York (@EgyptPRNewYork) April 27, 2022

Sustained peacebuilding funding in Africa

Egypt, as the coordinator of the African Group in the UN concerning peacebuilding issues, delivered another statement on behalf of the group to express the aspirations of the African continent in the field of peacebuilding.

This comes as the continent hosts the majority of peacebuilding efforts, the statement said.

Egypt affirmed that peacebuilding financing cannot remain fundamentally and exclusively dependent on voluntary funding, Abdel-Khalek said.

Instead, sustainable and predictable financing is required to maintain the gains of peace and development in the continent, Abdel-Khalek affirmed. This can only be achieved by ensuring access for peacebuilding activities in the UN budget, he added.

Egypt called on Abdulla Shahid, president of the 76th session of the UNGA, to launch intergovernmental negotiations to adopt a resolution that addresses all options for peacebuilding funding.

Addressing Shahid, Egypt also called for deepening partnership between the UN and the African Union to build the required human and institutional capabilities in Africa and enable the continent to lead regional peacebuilding efforts.

This comes especially through backing the African Union Centre for Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development, which Cairo hosts, Abdel-Khalek said. The center, launched in December 2021, serves as the executive arm of the post-conflict reconstruction and development policy adopted by the AU.

Egypt concluded last February its one-year-long chairmanship of the 15th session of United Nations Peacebuilding Committee, an intergovernmental advisory body in charge of backing peace efforts in conflict-affected countries.

A total of 66 relevant resolutions were issued in 2021 during the Egyptian chairmanship of the 31-state committee, the foreign ministry said in a February statement.

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