Panel Discussion: Civil Society and the UN’s Peacebuilding Architecture

This year marks the ten-year review of the United Nation’s Peacebuilding Architecture (PBA), which includes the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) and the Peacebuilding Support Office (PSO). It formed an opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the PBC in supporting post-conflict countries. GPPAC contributed to the review by presenting a report with the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) on the PBA’s current capacity to engage with civil society both in New York and in PBC-mandated countries.

The main findings of the report were presented during the event, followed by responses from the UN ASG for Peacebuilding support (tbc) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Members of GPPAC’s International Steering Group representing different regions of the global network and international GPPAC member organisations also participated in the meeting and shared reflections on civil society inclusion in the PBA and wider UN peacebuilding efforts. As of 13 May, the report will be available at:

Issues that were addressed

  • What has been the original vision and expectations behind the Peacebuilding Architecture?
  • How effectively has the PBA addressed the needs of post-conflict countries?
  • What is the PBA’s current capacity to engage with civil society in New York and PBC-mandated countries?
  • How might consistent and meaningful civil society engagement contribute to the future development of the PBA?
  • How can the gap between PBA policy commitments and the operational reality of implementing gender-responsive peacebuilding be bridged?


  • Dr. Abiodun Williams
    President, The Hague Institute
  • Darynell Rodríguez Torres
    Manager of Policy & Advocacy Programme, GPPAC
    Presentation of the Report: ‘Filling the Gap: How Civil Society Engagement Can Help the UN’s Peacebuilding Architecture meet its Purpose’

Keynote Speakers

  • Oscar Fernandez-Taranco
    UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support
  • Joost Andriessen
    Director of the Stabilization and Humanitarian Aid Department of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs


  • Walter Odhiambo
    Executive Director Nairobi Peace Initiative-Africa
  • Dr. David Connolly
    Head of Conflict Prevention Program, The Hague Institute
  • Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, Moderator
    Chair of the GPPAC Board and Executive Director of FemlinkPacfic

Closing Remarks

  • Peter van Tuijl
    Executive Director GPPAC


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