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The Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations delivered a statement during the annual session the Peacebuilding Commission on “Regional approaches to peacebuilding: The Sahel, Lake Chad Basin, and the Mano River Union”

The Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations, ambassador Ion I. Jinga, delivered a statement on Wednesday, 4 December 2019, during the annual session of the Peacebuilding Commission on “Regional approaches to peacebuilding: The Sahel, Lake Chad Basin, and the Mano River Union”.

The Romanian diplomat underlined that Romania is strongly attached to both the topic of regional organizations, as well as the Sahel. In this context, he recalled that the first UN resolution on cooperation with regional organizations, adopted by the Security Council in 2005, was a Romanian initiative.

He reminded that Romania’s priorities during its Chairmanship of the PBC in 2018 included the increasing of the regional coherence and coordination in the field of peacebuilding; strengthening partnerships with regional and sub-regional organizations and with international financial institutions, but also an increased focus on the Sahel region.

The Permanent Representative of Romania also recalled the visits he paid in his capacity as President of the Peacebuilding Commission to the region, in March 2018, when he attended the Sixth Ministerial Coordination Platform for the Sahel, in Chad, and then in October 2018, when he visited four countries in West Africa and the Sahel (Gambia, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso). Equally, the annual session of the PBC has been on “Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace in the Sahel”, and the joint ECOSOC-PBC meeting on the “Linkages between Climate Change and Challenges to Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace in the Sahel”.

As an example of recent efforts by which Romania aims to contribute to stabilization and reconstruction in Africa, he stated that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania held, between 25-29 November 2019, in Addis Ababa, a seminar on “Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Stabilization”, in cooperation with the African Union. The course was an opportunity for 25 specialists from ten African countries to be trained on topics such as post-conflict reconstruction and stabilization, the objectives and instruments of the EU policy for Africa, as well as the fight against terrorism and corruption.

Emphasizing that the regions discussed during the meeting – the Sahel, the lake Chad basin and the Mano River Union - benefit from sustained attention from the international community, ambassador Jinga underlined the need to ensure coherence and synergies and between the multitude of initiatives undertaken in the region, in order to reduce fragmentation and ensure the success of collective action.

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