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2020 Peacebuilding Architecture Review: What Is In It For Local Peacebuilders?

A key opportunity for peacebuilding in 2020 is the 2020 Peacebuilding Architecture Review.

What is the 2020 Peacebuilding Architecture Review?

The 2020 Peacebuilding Architecture Review (hereafter, the Review) was mandated by the 2016 resolutions (A/RES/70/262 and S/RES/2282) and stipulated to happen in the 74th session of the General Assembly (UNGA).

The focus of the Review will be on the assessment of the implementation of existing work across 4 key pillars outlined in the 2018 Report of the Secretary-General on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace (S/2018/43): 1) Operational Support; 2) UN Leadership; 3) Partnerships for Peacebuilding; 4) Financing for Peacebuilding. There are no expectations of the proposition of new reforms and restructuring the system but rather the Review will look at where success has been made across the four pillars and where the implementation is still lacking.

There are two processes to the Review: formal and informal. The informal processes (Tracks 1-3 and the Secretary-General’s report - look at these infographics on the review and the SG report) was kicked off in December 2020 and will inform the Member State-led formal process and will be completed ahead of the start of the formal process.

How can local peacebuilders engage in the 2020 Peacebuilding Architecture Review?

  • Informal Thematic Submissions: Share your existing work with the Peacebuilding Support Office by February 2020 for their consideration for the 2020 Secretary-General’s report on peacebuilding and sustaining peace - the key informal input into the formal Review process.

  • Regional Consultations: Support and encourage Member States, UN Regional Offices and Country Teams to organise regional consultations in your country or region in partnerships with local peacebuilders!

Why would you be interested to engage?

  • The Review provides a unique opportunity to showcase your work at the national, regional and international levels, get support, and strengthen partnerships;

  • Your work and experiences can inform policy development and practical implementation beyond the Review process through the recognition of your work across different spaces where the submission will feed in;

  • Do you feel like peacebuilding in your context is not effective? Engage with opportunities to have your voice heard!

Interested in learning more?

Please review the following key materials and share within your networks: 

  • working paper sheds light on the benefits of operationalising strategic partnerships at the regional level from the perspective of the GPPAC network. It analyses and assesses the roles that the United Nations can play in the process; shares good practices introduced at the regional level by various actors; and outlines lessons learned that explain additional opportunities for action.

  • A case-study on sustaining peace in the South-Caucasus. This study on regional peacebuilding presents the key findings from the GPPAC-South Caucasus informal consultation for the 2020 Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture held in November, 2020 with a specific focus on frozen conflicts and the role the UN can play in such contexts.

  • The report 'Sustaining Peace in Practice: Lessons Learned from Liberia and Papua New Guinea', by IPI and GPPAC. The report presents the key takeaways from the GPPAC-IPI joint research on the operationalisation of the Secretary-General’s recommendations on peacebuilding and sustaining peace at the country level in Liberia and Papua New Guinea. It provides an overview of the United Nations’ preparedness to address complex situations and serves to inform the 2020 Secretary-General’s report on peacebuilding and sustaining peace, as well as the 2020 peacebuilding architecture review.

  • The visuals outlining the key milestones for the Review can be found here;

  • The Terms of Reference for the Review that outlines the key streams of work and opportunities for civil society to engage can be found here;

  • The Summary of the key opportunities for civil society throughout the Review can be found here.

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