Letter dated 4 April 2017 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council - Sustaining peace and securing development: Liberia peacebuilding plan (S/2017/282)

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I refer to operative paragraph 13 of Security Council resolution 2333 (2016), in which the Council requested me to prepare, within 90 days from the adoption of the resolution, a report that sets out a well-developed peacebuilding plan to direct the role of the United Nations system and other relevant partners in supporting the transition of Liberia. The Council also emphasized, in this regard, the important convening role of the Peacebuilding Commission in the process of developing the plan.

I am pleased to share with you herewith the above-mentioned plan, as well as a transmittal letter dated 20 March 2017 from Marjon Vashti Kamara, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Liberia, and Farid Zarif, my Special Representative for Liberia and Head of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) (see annex).

The plan was developed through an intensive consultative process led by UNMIL, in close coordination with the Government of Liberia and international partners, as well as Liberian political parties and civil society organizations. Its broad national ownership will ensure the continued commitment of the stakeholders to the plan following the assumption of authority by a new Government subsequent to the October 2017 general elections.

The plan is fully aligned with the peacebuilding priorities of Liberia, which are provided in an annex to the plan, as reflected in the Agenda for Transformation, as well as the statement of mutual commitments on peacebuilding in Liberia, concluded on 19 April 2016 by the Government of Liberia and the Peacebuilding Commission, and other similar frameworks.

The plan provides a timetable for the transition of Liberia. Phase I runs until March 2018 and specifies concrete steps to be taken to ensure successful completion of the mandate of the Mission by that date. During phase II, which begins in April 2018, longer-term peacebuilding priorities will be integrated into development frameworks to support national efforts to mitigate and prevent conflict. The plan was informed by the initial findings of the ongoing capacity-mapping exercise for the United Nations country team, which indicate that the departure of UNMIL will result in a reduced United Nations technical capacity to support peacebuilding and conflict prevention. In this regard, I encourage the Security Council to consider proposals in the peacebuilding plan to help sustain the peace agenda in Liberia.

The plan was facilitated through tripartite cooperation between the United Nations, the World Bank and the European Union, as well as thorough consultations with the Peacebuilding Commission.

It is important to underline that the plan contains specific provisions related to the support to be provided by the Economic Community of West African States, as well as the World Bank. We also look forward to active engagement by other regional and subregional organizations, including the African Union.

The plan constitutes another important step in the transition of Liberia, and I congratulate the Government of Liberia, UNMIL and other partners for their impressive efforts. The plan provides for a robust and specific framework of cooperation between the United Nations and the wider international community in support of the Government of Liberia and other national stakeholders. If successfully implemented, this plan could serve as a model in other similar post-conflict situations.

I would be grateful if you could bring this letter and its annex to the attention of the members of the Security Council.

(Signed) António Guterres