File photo of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) holding its annual session. (Photo courtesy of the UN)
The African Group in New York endorsed Egypt's re-election, which is a testament to Egypt's extended contributions in supporting peacebuilding efforts in Africa, including during its presidency of the PBC in 2021 as a representative of the continent, said Egypt’s permanent representative to the UN Ambassador Osama Abdel-Khalek.
Established in 2005, the PBC is an intergovernmental advisory body that supports peace efforts in conflict-affected countries. Its member states are elected from the General Assembly, the Security Council, and the Economic and Social Council.
According to the UN's 2021 figures, Egypt is the 7th largest contributor of uniformed personnel to UN Peacekeeping, deploying nearly 3,100 military and police personnel to the UN peace operations in Abyei, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Sudan, South Sudan and the Western Sahara.
Egypt is also the 3rd largest contributor of police, and the 3rd largest contributor of military experts, according to Cairo International Centre for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (CCCPA).
Abdel-Khalek, who is currently one of two Vice-Chairs of the PBC, indicated that the re-election also reflects Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s vision as a leader who drew attention early on to the importance of post-conflict reconstruction and development. He was referring to the African Union Centre for Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD) which was inaugurated in Cairo in December 2021.
Egypt’s permanent representative to the UN affirmed that Cairo would remain committed to ensuring efficiency in the PBC. He also highlighted the importance of providing sufficient and sustainable funding for peacebuilding activities. Such funding, he said, should be allocated from within the UN's budget and should be directed to the UN's Peacebuilding Fund so that it can respond to requests by member states, especially in the African continent, to sustain current peace and prevent countries from slipping back into conflict.