Remarks at a UN Security Council Arria-formula Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace Through Comprehensive Approaches

Trina Saha
Deputy Political Counselor
New York, New York
January 22, 2024


Thank you to Guyana, Japan, and Mozambique for organizing today’s discussion and to the briefers for your insightful contributions.

Continuing recent years’ trends, 2023 saw continuation and expansion of the Peacebuilding Commission’s prevention and peacebuilding work. This is an important reminder of the importance of coordination between the Security Council and the Commission.

As today’s concept note highlights, we have opportunities to enhance this cooperation in September’s Summit for the Future and the 2025 Peacebuilding Architecture Review.

The Summit of the Future process and efforts towards its Outcome Document – A Pact for the Future – can serve as vehicles for improving peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

Too often, and owing to the reticence of some, the Commission misses important opportunities by failing to deliver forward leaning and concrete advice to the Security Council on many of its agenda items.

As outlined in the New Agenda, the United States realizes the critical importance of regional peacebuilding and peacekeeping architectures and coordinating multilateral institutions to strengthen regional efforts.

As other colleagues have underscored, the voices of women and youth matter and it is important that we ensure that what they have to say is heard. The Summit of the Future process must recognize the importance of placing women and youth at the center of peacebuilding and peace and security efforts.

Relatedly, building reliable institutions that can fulfill basic human needs, ensure sustainable development, and develop mutual trust between the governed and the governing is an essential part of peacebuilding efforts.

We therefore call on all Member States to come together in contributing to positive and concrete outcomes on peacebuilding.

The Peacebuilding Commission must expand its role in cross-cutting areas, including on human rights, the Women, Peace, and Security and Youth, Peace and Security Agendas, institution building, transitional justice and rule of law, displacement, and climate change.

This year, as noted, we will kick off the process for the 2025 Peacebuilding Architecture Review. Through this process, the Commission must work towards sharpening an integrated, strategic and coherent approach to prevention and peacebuilding, one that ensures mutually reinforcing interlinkages between security, development, and human rights.

We must ensure that the Commission engages systemically with civil society and international financial institutions to coordinate analyses, share lessons, and align strategies for engaging countries that have identified prevention as a strategic priority.

In parallel, the United States continues to contribute directly to conflict prevention and peacebuilding through implementation of the U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability.

In closing, the United States stands ready to continue to support peacebuilding efforts both within and outside the UN system.

Thank you.