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The Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations received the visit of a delegation led by H.E. Jean – Pierre Raffarin, former Prime Minister of France

The Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations, Ambassador Ion Jinga, received, on the 4th of January 2019, at the Permanent Mission of Romania, the visit of a delegation of the non-governmental organization Leaders for Peace (Leaders pour la Paix), led by H.E. Jean – Pierre Raffarin, former Prime Minister of France.

The delegation included renowned international personalities such as Enrique Baron-Crespo, former President of the European Parliament, Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO and Foreign Minister of Bulgaria, Ambassador Pierre Vimont, former Executive Secretary General of the European External Action Service, Kanwal Sibal, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of India, Ambassador Antonio Patriota, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, Cherif Rahmani, former Minister of Industry of Algeria, Ambassador Serge Degallaix, Secretary General of Leaders for Peace, Assia Ben Salah, Ambassador of H.M. King of Morocco.

H.E. Jean – Pierre Raffarin presented the activity of Leaders for Peace, devoted to create a peace methodology aiming to strengthen the international efforts devoted to tackle current and future crises.

Members of Leaders for Peace expressed interest to hear the Romanian Ambassador’s assessment on the role the United Nations Organization plays in the current international context characterized by new challenges, the added value the Peacebuilding Commission brings to prevent and resolve crisis situations at different stages of evolution, the use of early warning mechanisms in the activity of PBC, and the role of sustainable development in conflicts resolution. The nexus between prevention, crisis management and reconstruction, and the UN reforms implemented by the Secretary-General António Guterres in order to make the organization more fit to purpose were also discussed.

Ambassador Ion Jinga underscored the full accomplishment of the priorities assumed by Romania as Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission during 2018. He emphasized that during the Romanian Chairmanship the cooperation between the PBC and the Security Council was improved, a very good collaboration with the ECOSOC was developed and an annual joint meeting with the African Union Peace and Security Council was established. At the same time, during 2018 the high level participation to the PBC meetings reached a peak, and the PBC Chair has had the biggest number of field visits in the history of PBC.

The Permanent Representative of Romania mentioned that, in his capacity as Chair of PBC, he met two heads of state, a vice-president and more than 25 ministers. Recalling the working visits in five African countries (Chad, The Gambia, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso), the Ambassador pointed out that the meetings he had allowed him a deeper understanding of the peacebuilding priorities and the needs of the Sahel region. He added that the themes of the Peacebuilding Commission annual session - “Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace in the Sahel Region”, and of the Joint Meeting PBC – ECOSOC meeting - “Linkages between Climate Change and Challenges to Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace in the Sahel” represented unique opportunities to discuss the political, security, social, economic and environmental challenges the respective countries face, and were aimed to explore the best opportunities to support the peacebuilding efforts, in full respect of the national ownership.  

The discussion also offered the opportunity for a fruitful exchange with the representatives of Leaders for Peace on the current international landscape.

Background information

Since 31 January 2018, Romania holds, for a one year mandate, the Chairmanship of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC). The priorities of the Romanian Chairmanship mandate to the PBC include the increasing of the regional coherence and coordination in the field of peacebuilding, strengthening the partnerships with regional and sub-regional organizations and with international financial institutions, the consolidation of Commission’s capacity to provide high quality assessments and recommendations to the Security Council, General Assembly, and ECOSOC on the situations in the field regarding peacebuilding, and as well the focus of the PBC's support on the Sahel region. After the end of the Chairmanship mandate, Romania will hold, also for one year mandate, the position of vice-president of PBC.

Leaders for Peace (Leaders pour la Paix) organization was launched in 2017 by the former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin. It brings together 29 outstanding international personalities – former prime ministers, ministers, civil society leaders and Nobel Prize laureates. Other members are the former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, former Prime Ministers Enrico Letta and Romano Prodi (Italy), Peter Medgyessy (Hungary) and Jean Charest (Quebec), the former President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Poettering, the former British Business Minister, Lord Peter Mandelson, the former US Deputy Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2015, Wided Bouchamaoui, and the Russian Ambassador Alexandre Orlov, General Secretary of the “Trianon Dialogue” organization. The aim of the “Leaders for Peace” organization is to educate public opinion about international crises and to promote innovative initiatives in support of peace.

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