In an Ambassadorial-level meeting of the Organisational Committee, Peace-building Commission, Deputy Permanent Representative of India Ambassador Bhagwant Bishnoi said peace building is necessary to rebuild institutions and infrastructure in nations torn by civil war and to ensure that there is no relapse into conflict.
“The Security Council’s engagement in peace-building in recent years has also helped emphasise the critical role of peace-building,” he said. “However, deeper engagement and commitment of the Security Council is imperative to ensure long-lasting peace and avoid relapse into conflict.” He said that the Commission, its Organising Committee and its Country-Specific Configurations have done commendable work in mainstreaming peace-building in post conflict countries.
“It is the primary responsibility of national governments of countries emerging from conflict to identify priorities and strategies for peace-building in order to ensure national ownership,” Mr. Bishnoi added.
“This requires the international community to make available a predictable and appropriate level of resources over extended periods. It is important that our advocacy must be accompanied by matching commitments in resources,” he said.