High-level meeting ends with pledges of $29 million to UN Peacebuilding Fund

The United Nations efforts to augment peace and stability in countries emerging from conflict has received a boost, with Member States pledging $29 million for the business plan of the UN Peacebuilding Fund.

Peacebuilding: UN backs plans to bolster its work in post-conflict nations

Member States today reaffirmed the importance of United Nations activities aimed at helping countries in the aftermath of conflict, and called for further improving the effectiveness of its peacebuilding architecture.

UN-backed training project aims to prevent conflicts over natural resources

Disputes over the use of natural resources are responsible for 40 per cent of the world’s internal conflicts, according research by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which has announced the launch of a training programme to help war-torn countries and those vulnerable to such frictions prevent strife.

UN chief outlines measures to strengthen peacebuilding efforts

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today outlined measures to strengthen the United Nations role in helping countries emerging from conflict to maintain peace and entrench stability, stressing the need for rapid deployment of trained staff, predictable financing, partnerships and ensuring the participation of women.

Extension to treaty protecting UN personnel to enter into force after latest ratification

A protocol that expands an international treaty aimed at protecting United Nations staff members and other humanitarian workers will enter into force within a month after the United Kingdom became the latest country to ratify it.

UN and African Union discuss joint efforts to assist countries emerging from war

Representatives from the United Nations and the African Union met today in New York to discuss ways of boosting cooperation between the two bodies to support the efforts of post-conflict countries, particularly in Africa, to establish lasting peace.

Ban encourages the youth to work for international peace

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged youth worldwide to become involved in efforts to foster and strengthen world peace, saying their aspirations for the future can only come to fruition in an atmosphere that is free of violence and conflict.

Key to successful peacebuilding efforts is political will, Ban tells Security Council

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need for strong political commitment by post-conflict countries and their international partners, saying it is the key to building lasting peace in the aftermath of war.

Kyrgyzstan needs international support after president''s ouster, UN envoy says

Kyrgyzstan still faces a lot of challenges following the ouster of president Kurmanbek Bakiyev and the establishment of a more democratic government, and the international community should step up to the plate to help it, a United Nations special envoy said today.

Review of UN peacebuilding activities will benefit post-conflict nations, says official

Efforts to help post-conflict countries build sustainable peace could be improved, the head of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) said today, welcoming this year’s review of the world body’s efforts in this crucial arena and the impact it will have on the countries concerned.