By Caribbean News Global
OTTAWA, Canada – François-Philippe Champagne, minister of foreign affairs, has announced that Canada will co-host the UN Peacebuilding Fund (Fund) Replenishment Conference in January 2021.
The conference aims to support the UN secretary general’s funding appeal for the Fund, securing predictable and sustained commitments for the duration of its strategy (2020-24).
“The UN Peacebuilding Fund responds to the world’s complex and urgent risks of conflict. This crucial Fund will strengthen the ability of the international community to prevent conflict and build lasting peace. Today, and for the months and years to come, the work of the Fund will continue to bridge gaps between peace-building efforts and international development, recognizing that there cannot be peace without equal participation and empowerment,” said minister of foreign affairs.
Ensuring that the fund is well-capitalized will enable the international community to better undertake the crucial work of conflict prevention and peacebuilding, while bringing into focus the urgent need for gender responsiveness. The Fund’s nimble approach and adaptability underpinned its response to the unique needs of fragile states during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The 2021 conference will be co-hosted by the UN secretary-general, Canada, and other Fund leaders to be identified at a later date,” said Global Affairs Canada in a press release.