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Romania completed its mandate to the Chairmanship of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission

The Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations, Ambassador Ion Jinga, chaired, on 28 January 2019, the last meeting of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) under Romania’s mandate to the Chairmanship of this UN body, which started on 31 January 2018. At the same meeting, Romania was elected Vice-Chair of the PBC, also for a one-year term, the PBC Chairmanship being taken, for 2019, by Colombia.

The PBC Annual Report for 2018 was officially adopted at the meeting, document which reflects the efforts made by the PBC Chairmanship in 2018 for the implementation of the United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly resolutions on the peacebuilding architecture review. The report echoes the complete fulfillment of the priorities assumed by Romania at the start of its mandate at the Chairmanship of the PBC, as well as a series of achievements accomplished for the first time in 2018.

The Romanian Ambassador appreciated that “the positive results registered during the Romanian Chairmanship were possible through a common engagement of all the PBC member states, grounded on the fundamental principle of national ownership and leadership”, offering as a successful example the support given to the transition process in The Gambia. He pointed out the increasingly relevant role of the PBC in engaging on regional and cross-border challenges, mentioning that during Romania’s Chairmanship, “the PBC has continued to use its platform to foster greater coherence and coordination, contributing to breaking silos and building stronger partnerships between the various national, regional and international actors in the Sahel region”.

The Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN recalled Romania’s initiative of introducing the topic of the "Linkages between climate change and challenges to peacebuilding and sustaining peace in the Sahel", for the first time on the agenda of the joint meeting between the PBC and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which took place on 13 November 2018. In addition, the PBC – ECOSOC cooperation was revitalized during Romania's mandate to the PBC Chairmanship.

In this context, Ambassador Ion Jinga highlighted the special importance given by Romania to the Sahel region, recalling the working visits he conducted in Chad, The Gambia, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso - in his quality as Chair of the PBC - as well as the meetings he had with the Heads of State of The Gambia and Burkina Faso, with the Vice-President of Côte d’Ivoire, as well as with over 25 ministers.

Emphasizing the importance of the PBC's cooperation with regional organizations, the Romanian diplomat referred to the institutionalization, for the first time, of the cooperation between the PBC with the African Union (AU).

Highlighting that the consultative role of the PBC to the Security Council was consolidated and that the premises for enhancing the cooperation between the PBC and the General Assembly were established, he reiterated Romania’s commitment to the values of peacebuilding and sustaining peace and to maintaining the same level of engagement in the activity of the PBC, in his new quality as Vice-Chair.

The Representatives of the Member States that took the floor during the meeting congratulated Romania for “the remarkable manner in which it conducted its mandate to the Chairmanship of the PBC, for the engaged, pragmatic, resilient and efficient manner of work in accomplishing the priorities assumed during 2018, as well as for the leadership, the ambition, and the energy invested by Ambassador Ion Jinga in the strategic coordination of the Commission”, which led to progress in achieving peacebuilding and sustaining peace objectives assumed through the reforms introduced by the UN Secretary-General, and in enhancing the relevance of the PBC within the UN system.

Background information

The priorities of the Romanian Chairmanship mandate to the PBC included 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 institution; consolidation of the Commission’s capacity to provide high quality assessments and recommendations to the Security Council, General Assembly, and ECOSOC regarding the situation in the field on peacebuilding matters, as well as increasing the focus of the PBC’s support in the Sahel region.

As a recognition of the efforts assumed in his capacity as Chair of the PBC, the Permanent Representative of Romania was invited on 20 December 2018 to deliver a statement in the United Nations Security Council on the topic of “Peace and Security in Africa: United Nations Integrated Strategy for Sahel, an integrated response to peacebuilding and sustaining peace in the Sahel”.

During Romania’s mandate as Chair to the PBC, 17 ambassadorial-level meetings, 21 expert-level meetings and 5 coordination meetings of the PBC Bureau (constituted from Chair, Vice-Chairs, Chairs of the Country Specific Configurations and representatives of the Peacebuilding Support Office - PBSO) were organized. At the same time, the PBC public communication dimension was improved (on social media and through live broadcasts through webcast). During 2018, the high level participation at PBC meetings peaked, and the PBC Chair conducted the highest number of field visits in the history of PBC. During Romania’s mandate, for the first time, the PBC Chair, together with high level UN officials, had a meeting with the Vice-President of the African Development Bank, with the aim of identifying ways to enhance cooperation on financing for peacebuilding in African countries that receive financing from the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF). 

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