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Peacebuilding Fund - Report of the Secretary-General (A/74/688)

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In 2019, the Peacebuilding Fund approved investments worth $191 million for activities in 34 countries, up from $183 million in 2018, continuing along a trajectory of modest growth. In 2019, 30 per cent of the Fund’s investments were in transition settings, totalling $57.8 million. New cross-border investments, amounting to $7.8 million, were also approved. The Fund approved a record amount of $40.1 million to United Nations entities and civil society organizations through its annual competitive call on the inclusion of women and young people, up from $37.1 million in 2018. A number of Member States responded to the call for increased funding to sustain the Fund’s investments. In 2019, the Fund received $134.8 million from 25 Member States, However, demand for funding continued to outpace available resources significantly. As a result, in 2019, the Fund was required to reduce its initial programming target by nearly $60 million by postponing some investments and scaling down others considerably.