Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

Peacebuilding Fund – High-Level Stakeholder Meeting

New York, 24 June 2014

STATEMENT BY H.E. Karel J.G. van Oosterom Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund – High-Level Stakeholder Meeting

Thank you Madam Chair,

I would like to thank you for your leadership and personal efforts to make this world a better and safer place to live. I thank the PBSO for organizing this important meeting. Peacebuilding is an essential link in the chain of transition from conflict to peace and development.

Peacebuilding seeks to prevent societies from relapsing into conflict and chaos. The UN has a large and important role to play in this process. We have come a long way over the last decade. We have established the Peacebuilding Commission, a forum to discuss peacebuilding and to formulate common goals; we have established the Peacebuilding Fund to finance peacebuilding endeavors, and we have created an office to support our efforts. The essential elements of the UN peacebuilding architecture are in place. Now we need to continue to improve the performance of the system, and monitor its work. We welcome the outcome of the Global Review and its recommendations. Please allow me to briefly highlight three issues that are of particular importance to the Netherlands:

First, Resolution 1325, with which we have committed ourselves to include women in peacebuilding and to focus on participation, protection, prevention, and mainstreaming of a gender perspective. We continue to stress the importance of involving women in all peacekeeping and peacebuilding measures, both in policy and practice. The 2014 Review on Gender and Peacebuilding has given PBSO the tools and insights to do so.

Second, Integration. Successful peacebuilding depends on a smart combination of elements to promote peace, justice and development. Key factors for success are careful analysis, solid planning, learning from experience, looking at local context, ensuring local ownership and, last but not least – new solutions for great challenges and taking calculated risks.

And third, monitoring and evaluation. Measuring and showing results remains crucial to maintaining political and financial support from constituencies back home. High-quality monitoring and evaluation are indispensable to showcase that PBF-funding is making a positive impact on peacebuilding on the ground. It also contributes to the steady expansion of a body of evidence on what works, and what doesn’t, in peacebuilding.

I am glad to say that the PBSO has taken these points into account in the new business plan.

Supporting the PBF has been a priority for the Netherlands since the inception of the Fund. It pleases me to say that our commitment continues and the Netherlands stands ready to replenish the fund with an additional EUR 10mln for the period 2014-2015 if the PBF meets its targets. The Kingdom of The Netherlands is your partner for Peace, Justice and Development, and the Peacebuilding Fund is crucial in realizing these ambitions for those countries that need it the most. That is why we will continue to support the Peacebuilding Fund.

Thank you.