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Peacebuilding

We work with the international community to promote conflict resolution around the world. Our efforts focus on peace-building and sharing our experience of the Northern Ireland peace process.

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. Ireland is currently serving a two-year term on the UN Peacebuilding Commission.

We have a strong track record on peacebuilding at the United Nations. Ireland is a top twelve donor to the Secretary General's Peacebuilding Fund, supporting large-scale investments in peacebuilding projects in conflict-affected areas globally, with a strong focus on projects targeting women and youth. 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, as an elected member of the UN Peacebuilding Commission contributes to discussions on peacebuilding in countries including Burundi, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Sahel region. Ireland is a fierce advocate of the role of women in peacebuilding in the forum of the PBC and is contributing towards the forthcoming review of the UN's peacebuilding architecture.

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. Ireland is a longstanding contributor to the UN's Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Mediation Support Unit.