H.E Ambassador Yusra Khan
Deputy Permanent Representative
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia
to the United Nations
Draft Report of the Peacebuilding Commission on its Sixth Session (PBC/5/OC/L.1) and the Election of the Chairperson
New York. January 28, 2013
We warmly congratulate you on your election as the Chairperson of the PBC for 2013. We also congratulate Bangladesh and Japan as the Vice Chair and the Chair of the Working Group on Lessons Learned respectively as well as the respective Chairs of the Country Configurations.
We are confident that under the very capable leadership of the incoming team, the Commission, the Country Specific Configurations, and the Working Group on Lessons Learned, will all further enhance their respective critical functions, so a bolstered PBC manifests itself more on ground in the countries emerging from conflict.
In this regard, Indonesia wishes to particularly thank and commend the work and skillful leadership by Ambassador Abulkalam Abdul Momen of Bangladesh, as the outgoing PBC Chair. He, very ably, navigated our challenging deliberations and consultations on this issue throughout.
I wish to also sincerely thank ASG Judy Cheng-Hopkins for her leadership and her work together with her able team in the PBSO in supporting the work of the Commission and its mechanisms.
Indonesia is honored to be re-elected as one of the members of the Organizational Committee for the year 2013-2014 from the category of ECOSOC. Our commitment to the work of the Commission, its Country Configurations, and the Working Group on Lessons Learned is unwavering.
Indonesia welcomes today’s adoption of the PBC report, which comprises many important developments and achievements by the PBC and its mechanisms during 2012.
I would like to, therefore, felicitate all PBC Members as well as other stakeholders, especially in the government and civil society of the six Agenda Countries, whose tacking of challenges and successes have been essential to the culmination of the report before us.
I wish to particularly highlight the role by the PBC in support of national capacity development, which was the theme of very useful interaction between the OC and the Chair of the Steering Committee on Civilian Capacity in the Aftermath of Conflict last year, as well as various discussions in the Country Configurations.
We are pleased that these important exchanges are reflected in the 2012 annual report.
My delegation will continue to work with all countries in advocating the significance for the PBC, as one of the essential platforms, to foster direct exchange of experiences among the PBC agenda countries and other countries that have undergone successful transition from conflict to democracy and development.
Before concluding, I wish to underscore the importance of strengthening Commission’s institutional tools, particularly its rules of procedure and working methods to enable more effective outcomes.
We would also like to encourage discussion on the vital need for the PBC to hold an annual session so as to enable closer engagement among the relevant stakeholders in New York, on the ground, as well as from respective Member States’ capitals. This will strengthen the impact and relevance of the Commission’s work.
I thank you, Mr. Chairman.
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