Our goal should be to live up to the expectations of societies and populations emerging from conflict and improving the contribution of the PBC to building hope for a better future. The 2010 Review gives us an opportunity to reinvigorate the vision behind the Peacebuilding Commission. It should result in a shared understanding of the purpose, role and functioning of the Commission. (PBC Chair, Ambassador Peter Wittig, Germany).
Mandate of the Peacebuilding Commission: In the enabling resolutions establishing the Peacebuilding Commission, resolution 60/180 and resolution 1645 (2005) of 20 December 2005, the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council mandated it:
- To bring together all relevant actors to marshal resources and to advise on the proposed integrated strategies for post conflict peacebuilding and recover;
- To help ensure predictable financing for early recovery activities and sustained financial investment over the medium to long-term;
- To develop best practices on issues in collaboration with political, security, humanitarian and development actors.
The resolutions also identify the need for the Commission to extend the period of international attention on post-conflict countries and where necessary, highlight any gaps which threaten to undermine peacebuilding.