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The United Nations continues its Peacebuilding efforts in the South

The United Nations continues its Peacebuilding efforts in the South

Bishkek, May 25 / Kabar /. On May 24, 2012 the United Nations in the Kyrgyz Republic organized a press conference about the peacebuilding projects in the south of the country. The heads, deputy heads and regional representatives of eight agencies – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Women – led by the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Kyrgyz Republic Alexander Avanessov told about the UN peacebuilding efforts in general and progress in implementing projects funded by UN Peacebuilding Fund.

The UN Peacebuilding Fund allocated a total of 10 million US dollars for the projects of different UN agencies in cooperation with UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA). They have resulted in tangible impacts for youth, women and other vulnerable groups, and legal and medical clinics have been opened to support these groups in particular. People have been brought together across dividing lines whilst receiving assistance in recovery and rehabilitation. Opening of small business or restoration of them, as well as restoration and cleaning canals have been supported through the UN’s activities. Women and young people in particular have been assisted to assume key roles in the peacebuilding process in the Kyrgyz Republic. Together with key government institutions the UN agencies continue to further peace and development in the conflict affected areas.

In his address the UN Resident Coordinator in the Kyrgyz Republic Mr. Alexander Avanessov highlighted that although a lot has been achieved, many issues remain unsolved. As some of these challenges the difficult human rights situation was mentioned, as well as social cohesion, accountability and building sustainable peace. It is ultimately the responsibility of the government to ensure peace, stability and sustainability in the country, but contributions from the civil society and other partners are very important as well.

In this context Mr. Avanessov assured that the UN will continue to support the government and the people in the process of peacebuilding and cited the words of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the International Day of Peace “…Let us promise to make peace not just a priority, but a passion. Let us pledge to do more, wherever we are in whatever way we can, to make every day a day of peace”.

The UN Peacebuilding Fund allocated a total of 10 million US dollars for the projects of different UN agencies in cooperation with UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA). They have resulted in tangible impacts for youth, women and other vulnerable groups, and legal and medical clinics have been opened to support these groups in particular. People have been brought together across dividing lines whilst receiving assistance in recovery and rehabilitation. Opening of small business or restoration of them, as well as restoration and cleaning canals have been supported through the UN’s activities. Women and young people in particular have been assisted to assume key roles in the peacebuilding process in the Kyrgyz Republic. Together with key government institutions the UN agencies continue to further peace and development in the conflict affected areas.

In his address the UN Resident Coordinator in the Kyrgyz Republic Mr. Alexander Avanessov highlighted that although a lot has been achieved, many issues remain unsolved. As some of these challenges the difficult human rights situation was mentioned, as well as social cohesion, accountability and building sustainable peace. It is ultimately the responsibility of the government to ensure peace, stability and sustainability in the country, but contributions from the civil society and other partners are very important as well. 

In this context Mr. Avanessov assured that the UN will continue to support the government and the people in the process of peacebuilding and cited the words of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the International Day of Peace “…Let us promise to make peace not just a priority, but a passion. Let us pledge to do more, wherever we are in whatever way we can, to make every day a day of peace”.
 

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