Nepal elected as Peacebuilding Commission member

Nepali FlagKathmandu / Dec 22 : Nepal has been elected as a member of the Organisational Committee of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) on Friday.

Along with Nepal, Egypt, Guatemala, Kenya and Mexico were elected under ‘Genera Assembly category’ for the tenure of two years starting from January 1, 2019.

Considering its contribution to the maintenance of international peace and security, Nepal was unanimously elected by the UN General Assembly from the Asia Pacific region, read a statement issued by the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations, New York.

Currently, Nepal is the fifth major troop and police contributing country for the UN peacekeeping operations. Earlier, Nepal served in the PBC twice in 2008-10 and 2011-15. In 2010, it was entrusted to the chair the Working Group on lessons learned of the Commission.

Nepal will contribute to the work of PBC with its rich experience of the UN peacekeeping operations as well as that of the uniquely successful endogenous and nationally-driven peace process.

The election has provided yet another opportunity for the country to further enhance its substantive engagements in the multilateral platform.

A 31-member body, the PBC was established in 2005 with a mandate to provide support to the countries affected by conflicts for reconstruction and institution building by promoting an integrated, strategic and coherent approach to the peacebuilding.

It provides advisory service to the General Assembly and the Security Council on matters of peacebuilding and sustaining peace.

In the wake of the recent reforms of the UN System and surge of the notion of sustaining peace, the PBC has gained prominence in the peace continuum.

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