Minister Coveney announces 1/3 increase in Irish support for UN Peacebuilding Fund
Press release26 January 2021
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, T.D., today announced that Ireland will increase its funding to the UN Peacebuilding Fund by one third over the period 2020 to 2024, a total of €10 million.
Speaking at a Replenishment Conference for the Fund, hosted online by the UN Secretary-General and the Governments of Canada, Germany, Sierra Leone and Sudan, Minister Coveney said:
“The Peacebuilding Fund can help prevent conflict before lives are lost and costly peacekeeping interventions are needed, and sustain peace in fragile contexts.
“Ireland was one of the earliest supporters of the Peacebuilding Fund. Since its inception in 2005 we have contributed more than €20 million. We are very proud to be one of its top donors.”
The increased funding will be provided as flexible funding which enables the Fund to act quickly to prevent conflict and sustain peace.
26 JANUARY 2021
Notes for Editors
Irish Aid is the Government’s overseas aid programme. It is managed by the Development Cooperation and Africa Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs. For further information see www.irishaid.ie
The UN Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) is a multi-donor trust fund and the UN’s “instrument of first resort” to sustain peace in situations at risk of or affected by violent conflict.