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Mobilising Financing for Peace: Inside the 2017 PBC Annual Session 

By Marina Kumskova

The Peacebuilding Commission held on 30 June 2017 brought UN representatives, IFIs and civil society organisations together to plan partnerships for peace (Photo: UN)

On 30 June 2017 the UN Peacebuilding Commission hosted its Annual Session with a specific focus on partnerships for financing for peace. The meeting provided an opportunity for the United Nations (UN) representatives, international financial institutions (IFIs) and civil society organisations, among others, to explore options for building strategic partnerships, including for resource mobilisation, to ensure an integrated approach to local peacebuilding and sustainable peace.
 
The role of women in peacebuilding was a recurring topic throughout different break-down sessions, with the recognition of the progress made by the UN and Member States in financing gender-responsive peacebuilding and several calls to foster equal participation of women’s local organisations in existing and newly-developed peace efforts. However, as reiterated by Abigail Ruane, WILPF’s Women, Peace and Security Programme Director, many existing commitments on gender equality in peace work have not translated into practice yet. In this vein, she called on donors to ensure that gender strategies are developed and implemented in partnership with civil society and ensure that investments and partnerships strengthen, rather than rollback, on women’s human rights.
 
Read WILPF’s summary of the 2017 Peacebuilding Commission Annual Session here>>>
Read the First Intervention by Abigail Ruane of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) to the Peacebuilding Commission here>>>
Read the Second Intervention by Abigail Ruane of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) to the Peacebuilding Commission here>>>