UN Peacebuilding Commission - was it really the step towards the UN reform?


The article deals with the topic of post-conflict peacebuilding, in particular the UN Peacebuilding Commission established in December 2005. The text is divided into seven thematic parts: first two introduce the concept of peacebuilding, offer its definition and explain its essential role within the peace process. The third part mentions the place of peacebuilding in the UN agenda and explains main reasons for establishing the new UN body. The central part of the article focuses on the UN Peacebuilding Commission. This new UN organ should help post-conflict countries to manage the challenging transition from the end of the conflict to the sustainable peace. It offers the solution to existing weaknesses of the UN in peacebuilding activities. The fourth chapter describes its structure plus position within the UN system and the fifth one defines main spheres of its activity. Critical evaluation in the sixth chapter points out the weaknesses of the Commission and stresses the fact that its affectivity is totally dependent on good will of the UN member states. The seventh part of the paper views the role of the Commission in context of intended UN reform. The conclusion approved that the establishment of the Commission was the improvement within the UN reform process but it does not ensure the realization of wider reform.

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