This discussion was a follow-up of the Platform’s consultation on the 5-year review of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) held on 12 April. After acquainting herself with the ideas expressed in the follow-up report of the Consultation, Judy Cheng-Hopkins, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding, requested the opportunity to meet with a small group of the Platform’s stakeholders to seek further feedback on emerging ideas to improve the functioning of the UN peacebuilding architecture.
Reacting to the Assistant Secretary-General’s presentation, participants made comments and suggestions in relation to the following: a) the monitoring and evaluation component of peacebuilding (e.g. defining success, getting the conflict analysis right, pursuing a strategic vision, connecting vision to programming); b) the Peacebuilding Fund (e.g. linkages between the Peacebuilding Commission and the Peacebuilding Fund, implementation of PBF-funded activities); c) expertise-related components (e.g. building expertise in the PBSO/UN system, creating a field-based Contact Group); d) inclusiveness and legitimacy (e.g. problematic outreach to civil society, critical role played by the Peacebuilding Support Office).