Agenda item 107
Report of the Secretary-General on the Peacebuilding Fund
The present report, which covers the activities of the Peacebuilding Fund for the period from January to December 2012, is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 63/282, which requested the Secretary-General to submit an annual report on the operation and activities of the Fund.
In 2012, the Fund focused in particular on the two most recent countries to be added to the agenda of the Peacebuilding Commission, Guinea and Liberia, and made rapid allocations in a number of recent transition settings, including Libya, Myanmar, Somalia and Yemen. A second allocation was made to consolidate longerterm progress in Nepal, while preparatory work was undertaken in a number of other countries where allocations are expected in 2013, including Kyrgyzstan and South Sudan. The Peacebuilding Fund strategy has increasingly focused on supporting countries with demonstrated commitment to peacebuilding. Acting on a growing set of lessons learned, the Peacebuilding Support Office management team is taking measures to increase its support to countries during the upstream phase of peacebuilding programme design and to enhance the role of national joint steering committees. The activities of the Fund have marked an improved performance compared with the previous year, using the Fund’s performance management plan as a framework.
It is encouraging to note that in response to the Fund’s continually strengthening performance, donors contributed $80.5 million in 2012, up from $58.1 million in 2011. This includes amounts from two new donors and an increasing number of multi-year contributors.