Building on its experience of successful conflict resolution in the Northern Ireland peace process, Ireland works at the UN to promote peacebuilding, mediation and reconciliation around the world.
We have a strong track record on peacebuilding at the United Nations. We contribute regularly to the UN Peacebuilding Fund ($14.5 million since 2006). We also contribute to peacebuilding debates on Liberia, Sierra Leone and other post-conflict situations while the then Ambassador, Anne Anderson, co-facilitated the Review of the UN’s peacebuilding architecture in 2010.
Ireland is a strong supporter of the use of mediation in the peaceful settlement of disputes and of the potential for the UN to play a greater role in this respect. We are an active member of a group of UN member states that champions greater use of mediation and has led the adoption of important General Assembly resolutions on this subject. In particular, we support a greater role for women in mediation. We contribute generously to the UN Mediation Support Unit (€200,000 per annum).
We also actively highlight the importance of post-conflict reconciliation. In a statement to the Security Council in January 2014, Ambassador Donoghue called for the UN to take a more integrated approach to reconciliation – which would involve peacebuilding, development, human rights and governance. We are currently assessing how we might best support such future joined-up UN efforts.