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Czech Republic in Organizational Committee of the UN Peacebuilding Commission since January 2007

The Czech Republic was one of the participants in debates leading to the eventual establishment of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), which has formally begun its work on June 23, 2006. The Czech Republic believes that the PBC is one of the major achievements in the UN Reform. That is why we were among the first countries that have contributed to the Peacebuilding Fund.

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The Czech Republic was one of the participants in debates leading to the eventual establishment of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), which has formally begun its work on June 23, 2006. The Czech Republic believes that PBC is one of the major achievements in the UN Reform. That is why we were among the first countries that have contributed to the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF). By the end of May 2007, there were 32 donor countries that have contributed or promised contribution to the PBF. The Czech Republic contributed the amount of USD 50,000. The total financial resources allocated for PBF amounted to USD 35 M. The main objective of the PBC is to assist countries that are emerging from conflict or find themselves in a difficult post-conflict state. The first two countries on the PBC agenda were Burundi and Sierra Leone, joint by Guinea-Bissau and the Central African Republic later on.

The Czech Republic has become a member of the PBC Organizational Committee (OC) from January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2008, and as such has committed itself to active contributions to the activities of both the OC and the Country-Specific meetings that we view as a crucial base for success in the countries on the PBC agenda. We are in a position to offer some capacities and know-how and thus assist to post-conflict democratic processes and protection of human rights. We know that the overall reconstruction and rehabilitation remains incomplete without full inclusion of civil society and private sector. It is also crucial to focus on transitional justice projects and planning because it is important for reconciliation forgiveness; but permanent peace must be built on foundation of the Rule of Law, inclusion of civil society and free access to information.

In order to better serve the GA, SC and ECOSOC in identifying measures and actions for building sustainable peace, PBC's priorities should be to engage in early identification of possible setbacks and risks in countries on the PBC's agenda that are undergoing transition from conflict or post-conflict state. At the same time, PBC can only act as a facilitator; peace must be built and kept by domestic actors.

Even after December 31, 2008, the Czech Republic will remain closely involved in the work of the PBC as the country holding the EU presidency.

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