Egypt has delivered a joint cross-regional statement on behalf of 108 countries at the high-level UN General Assembly meeting to consider options for ensuring sustainable Peacebuilding Financing on Wednesday.
Egypt represented all countries of the African group and the European Union member states, as well as a number of Asian, North American, South American, and Caribbean countries.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry issued a statement quoting its Permanent Representative to the UN Osama Abdelkhalek as underlining the importance of providing “adequate, sustainable and predictable funding to support peacebuilding activities in conflict-affected countries.”
He called for finding a comprehensive solution to the challenge of funding peacebuilding by exploring all available funding options, including the contributions of member states to the UN budget.
Abdelkhalek also called on Abdulla Shahid, president of the Assembly’s 76th session, to launch negotiations to adopt a resolution that addresses all options for peacebuilding funding.
He said that it was a first for a group of cross-regional countries to speak with one voice to support investment in peacebuilding financing and preventing conflicts by securing adequate funding in this regard.
Egypt, as the coordinator of the African Group in the UN concerning peacebuilding issues, delivered another statement on behalf of the group to express the aspirations of the African continent in the field of peacebuilding, especially that it hosts most of the peacebuilding efforts.
It also urged deepening partnership between the UN and the AU to build the required human and institutional capabilities in Africa and enable the continent to lead regional peacebuilding efforts.