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Romania - Chairman of the UN Peacebuilding Commission

Press release

Romania will take over today, 31 January 2018, for one year, the presidency of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC). The Commission's leadership will be assured, according to procedural rules, by the Romanian Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Ion Jinga. Romania was elected in 2017 to serve as a member of the Peacebuilding Commission, and from 1 January 2018 it has actually begun its mandate.

Romania's participation in the Peacebuilding Commission, the decision to run as well as the presidency reflects the national objective of diversifying our country's contribution to the UN's efforts in the field of international peace and security, being for the first time since the Commission was founded (in 2005) when our country has this important task.

At the same time, the assumption of the position of Chairman of the Peacebuilding Commission highlights, on the one hand, Romania's significant contribution to UN peacekeeping operations and, on the other hand, confidence in our country's capacity to manage the activities of the Commission on the dimensions of peace support, reconstruction and development of the states in post-conflict periods.

Additional information:

The Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) is a UN body that provides recommendations to the Security Council, the General Assembly and ECOSOC in major peace-building situations. It was created in 2005, starting from the finding that states in post-conflict situations need the assistance of the international community through the UN to return to normality and economic, social and institutional recovery.

The Commission's activities take place both at the UN headquarters in New York, through debates between elected members (in areas such as analysis, planning, UN peace-building assessments, financial and administrative aspects) as well as on the ground (through project and operational activities). The chairmanship of the Commission is annual and is ensured in accordance with the principle of geographical rotation. Projects in countries where the PBC is present are funded by the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), which draws its resources from the voluntary contributions of the UN member states.