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'Paucity of funding hampers peacebuilding efforts'

world Updated: Nov 01, 2011 11:15 IST

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India has said that lack of funding is becoming a major impediment to the success and sustainability of peacebuilding initiatives across the world.

Speaking at the UN Security Council on 'Post-conflict Peacebuilding', Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed said in United Nations that countries across the world should also work to enhance human resource, technical and managerial assistance for better peacebuilding missions.

"Let us also acknowledge the fact that lack of funding constitutes a major impediment to the success of peacebuilding initiatives.

"Predictable and appropriate level of resources over an extended period will guarantee sustainability of peacebuilding initiatives," Ahamed said.

He said enhancing civilian capacity will also have a major impact on staffing, resourcing and the peacekeeping missions.

Noting that peacebuilding is a "cooperative and coordinated venture", Ahamed said peacebuiling strategies need to be harmonised within the UN system.

The international community should also ensure assistance for capacity building to national authorities.

India has been a top contributor of peacekeeping forces, with Ahamed noting that this "excellence in peacekeeping" is a result of India's long partnership with the UN missions where its consolidated contributions "outsize the magnitude of the current peacekeeping operations".

"Our peacekeepers have invariably also been early peacebuilders. India has also shared its experience and expertise with a range of countries that have embarked onto the path of transition from conflict to peace," he added.

Ahamed said India will continue to make its capacities available to societies emerging from post-conflict situations and will partner UN in its peacebuilding endeavours.