The Department of Political Affairs is charged with helping countries avert or resolve conflict and lay the foundations for lasting peace. Much of this work – 40 per cent of it in 2016 – is financed by donor countries, who supplement what DPA gets from the UN regular budget. Which makes the Department’s biennial pitch for voluntary funding close to a make-or-break moment. On 30 November 2017, DPA presented its 2018-2019 Multi-Year Appeal, which is calling for $54 million. And though not everyone was in a position yet to make a firm pledge, dozens of countries expressed firm support for the Department’s conflict prevention, mediation and sustaining peace work.
During the meeting, most delegations welcomed the Appeal’s focus on giving shape to the Secretary-General’s vision of prevention and a surge in diplomacy for peace. They also welcomed the special emphasis on inclusion and inclusive processes, as well as on DPA partnerships with regional and sub-regional organizations.
Following are more highlights from the meeting:
- Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Turkey, Iceland, Estonia, Japan, France, Spain, Sweden, the Republic of Korea, Morocco, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Canada announced continuing or increased support for DPA.
- DPA chief Jeffrey Feltman said he was pleased to say that, since 2016, DPA had welcomed 11 new partners, namely Argentina, Estonia, France, Hungary, Iceland, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Philippines, and Qatar.
- The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Michael Keating, told the meeting: “XB (extra-budgetary)funding from DPA has contributed to three priorities of conflict prevention and resolution; condition-based transition from the AU to national Somali forces; and increasing the functionality of the state. The funding rec”
- The Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union, Haile Menkerios, said: “With extra budgetary funding, the Office has been able to contribute to key milestones reached in implementing and operationalizing components of the African Peace and Security Architecture through activities carried out primarily with the African Union. Funding has also been used to strengthen the capacity of UNOAU planners in critical areas of expertise necessary for UN partnership with the African Union and Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms; and to facilitate UNOAU’s role in strengthening the UN-AU partnership in the area of conflict prevention, management and resolution.”
- Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman: Donor support helped DPA raise $30.8 million in 2017, above its target of $27 million.