On 26th January, 2021, India has pledged USD 150,000 to activities of the United Nations (UN) PeaceBuilding Fund (PBF) for 2021 during the “High-level Replenishment Conference for the Peacebuilding Fund”.It was announced by India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador TS Tirumurti.
- This pledge is on the lines of 2020 review of the UN peacebuilding architecture which provides a framework to strengthen peace building collectively.
About the High-level Replenishment Conference for the Peacebuilding Fund:
High-level Replenishment Conference for the Peacebuilding Fund was chaired by António Guterres and was Co-Chaired by H.E. Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone; H.E. Abdalla Adam Hamdok, PM of the Republic of Sudan ;H.E. Marc Garneau, Foreign Minister of Canada, Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission ;H.E. Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Objective of the Conference- To counter the persistent underinvestment in peacebuilding and provide this timely, catalytic and risk-tolerant instrument with more adequate, predictable and sustained resources to support national peacebuilding efforts in more than 40 countries around the world.
Highlights of the Conference:
i.It will mobilize critical support for conflict prevention and peacebuilding against the Fund’s $1.5 billion requirements for the period 2020-24.
ii.In 2020, it mobilised over USD 180 million.
iii.Including funds received for 2020, a total of 39 member states have contributed or pledged over USD 439 million for 2020-2024.
iv.The Fund has invested over USD 1.2 billion to date in over 60 countries, with support from almost 60 member states.
About United Nations Peacebuilding Fund:
Launched – 2006
It will support activities, actions, programmes and organizations that seek to build a lasting peace in countries emerging from conflict.