Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the UN Peacebuilding Commission

Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis
Senior Advisor for Special Political Affairs
New York, New York
July 27, 2022


Thank you, Mr. President. I would like to thank the Mission of Bangladesh for its tireless leadership this year as Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, and Egypt for its service as PBC Chair last year.

The United States strongly supports UN peacebuilding efforts. Conflict prevention, preventive diplomacy, and peacebuilding work are critical to responding to shared security and development challenges around the world. Since the inception of the Peacebuilding Commission, the United States has served as a proud member, and over the years, we have seen the transformational impact that investments in peacebuilding architecture can have in supporting post-conflict environments as well as those seeking to prevent a relapse.

We commend the Peacebuilding Commission for its leadership in helping to inform and carry out UN and Member State responses across the peace continuum, including implementation of peace agreements and political dialogue, promotion of coexistence and peaceful resolution of conflict, revitalization of economic growth, and re-establishment of essential administrative services.

We support the PBC’s mandate as an intergovernmental advisory body, as outlined in the twin resolutions of the UN General Assembly and the Security Council. We also support the expanded role of the Peacebuilding Commission given its important contribution in supporting post-conflict environments. As outlined in the Our Common Agenda report, an expanded Peacebuilding Commission role can enable the UN system to address cross-cutting issues of security, climate change, health, development, gender equality, and human rights with greater effectiveness and accountability.

Mr. President, Member States’ peacebuilding efforts can and should complement UN peacebuilding.

On April 1, President Biden launched the implementation phase of the U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability. Over the next 10 years, the United States will work closely with partner countries across the globe to promote inclusive and sustainable peace. Recognizing the variety of pressures the world faces today, we hope this new strategy will harness and integrate the full range of the tools at our disposal to prevent conflict before it erupts and target underlying political, economic, and social factors that drive fragility. And we reiterate that the role of women is critical. Women must not only be involved, but have seats at the table.

The United States also supports the Secretary-General’s overall reform agenda, including the need to better align humanitarian-peace-development efforts and actors to bolster complementarity and to increase the impact of donor funding. The United States calls upon all Member States to provide effective oversight of UN peacebuilding efforts. Member States should further ensure coherence of mandates and programs, explore innovative financing, and, again, proactively support the meaningful participation of women in peacebuilding.

I thank you.