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Minister Power announces funding to support the work of the UN Peacebuilding Commission

The Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power T.D., today met with UN Assistant Secretary General Judy Cheng Hopkins to discuss the work of the UN Peacebuilding Commission. ASG Cheng Hopkins is the Head of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office which was established in 2006 to improve the international community’s support for countries emerging from violent conflict. Since its establishment, the Fund it administers has provided approximately $170 million to support peace building activities in 12 countries, mainly in Africa. The countries which have received support include Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nepal.

Speaking after the meeting, which was held in Irish Aid Headquarters in Limerick, Minister of State Power said:

“Ireland’s involvement in peacekeeping operations over many years, as well as our own experience in Northern Ireland, has shown us how difficult it is to build a sustainable peace in situations emerging from violent conflict. Without peace and stability there can be little or no development.

For this reason Ireland has been one of the strongest supporters of the Commission. I was delighted to have an opportunity to welcome assistant Secretary-General Cheng Hopkins and her team of senior UN officials to Limerick to discuss the work of the Peacebuilding Commission. We must support UN efforts to address the underlying causes of conflict and help to build peaceful and stable states in the aftermath of conflict. The Commission works in some of the most conflict affected countries in the world, and we know at first hand from our peacekeeping experience in Liberia and other countries how crucial its work is.”

The Minister went on to say that:

“I am delighted therefore to announce additional funding of €250,000 to support the work of the PBC. This underlines Ireland’s determination to help some of the poorest countries in the world emerge from violent conflict and our commitment to the work of the UN and the key role it plays in peace building and conflict reduction”.

Note for Editors

Irish Aid is the Government’s programme for overseas development. It is a division of the Department of Foreign Affairs.  For further information, visit

The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) was established in 2005 to improve the international community’s support for countries emerging from violent conflict.

The Commission was created by the Security Council and General Assembly in joint resolutions and reports annually to both bodies. Within the UN system, the Peacebuilding Commission is unprecedented in the scope of its organization and mandate.  It is an intergovernmental advisory body with 31 member states.  It is mandated to:

  • Bring together all relevant international actors to marshal resources and advise on integrated strategies for post conflict peace building and recovery
  • Help ensure predictable financing for early recovery activities and sustained financial investment over the medium to long-term.
  • Develop best practices on peace building issues in collaboration with political, security, humanitarian and development actors.
  • To date, Ireland has provided €10 million ($ 12.6 million) to the Peacebuilding Fund, making us one of the largest international contributors.
  • In August 2009, Judy Cheng-Hopkins was appointed Assistant Secretary for Peacebuilding Support. She has over thirty years experience working in multiple UN agencies, and previously served as the Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees. She also worked with the UNDP in Zambia and Kenya, and as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa.