The GPP held a high-level expert consultation with the participation of Sally Fegan-Wyles, Senior Project Director, UN Secretary-General's Report on Peacebuilding and Early Recovery, at the UN Peacebuilding Support Office, and of key stakeholders of international Geneva's peacebuilding community. The purpose of this consultation was to discuss concepts of peacebuilding and early recovery and the role of the humanitarian and development community in national capacity development.
The first part of the discussion was devoted to clarifying key concepts which are central to the reflections initiated by the Secretary-General report. The second part examined how the international humanitarian and development community can contribute to building and strengthening effective, legitimate and resilient state institutions capable of engaging productively with their people to promote sustainable peace in an early recovery phase. The final part of the discussion looked at practicalities of improving the coherence and coordination between early recovery activities and the peacebuilding agenda.
The GPP members stressed the need for an ongoing reflexive analysis of the peacebuilding process and the actors involved. They emphasized the need for inclusive consultation and engagement with national actors, government and civil society, maybe even going beyond “political correctness” in order to achieve a more inclusive vetting process. They further reiterated their plea for coordinated action within the UN, the donor community, and humanitarian actors, particularly with regard to peacebuilding and early recovery. Finally, it was suggested that the Peacebuilding Commission should meet once a year with the Geneva peacebuilding community to improve coordination and dialogue.