The United Nations will continue to work closely with all key partners to show unity of effort across the United Nations System towards the prevention of further conflicts and sustenance of peace in Solomon Islands.
The Under-Secretary General of the United Nation Department of Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman articulated this in his statement at the special session convened by the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission for Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare to present the case of Solomon Islands as a post-conflict nation, the peace-building process it is pursuing and the challenges ahead.
He expressed appreciation to the Prime Minister for sharing with the Peacebuilding Commission the unique experience of the Solomon Islands in overcoming divisions and tensions and setting a forward looking agenda.
Mr Feltman added that the UN Department of Political Affairs DPA) is honoured to be part of this journey, which brings different agencies in the UN system together as partners to support Solomon Islands efforts in inclusive peace-building.
“Together with your Government, we are building on the efforts of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). As part of our DPA mediation and facilitation support activities, we have deployed a gender and mediation expert (Elisabeth Scheper) twice to the Solomon Islands. This deployment has successfully contributed to several provincial dialogues in close liaison with local partners. These provincial dialogues will soon culminate into a National Dialogue and we look forward to offering further support.
“We have also supported the deployment of a Peace and Development Advisor (PDA) for the Pacific, through the Joint UNDP/DPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention.”
Mr Feltman said the PDA assists the UN and the Government in conflict sensitive programming, which addresses the underlying causes of conflict. The important participation of women in peacebuilding and sustainable national development has been one aspect that has been taken into account in our joint efforts.
He said Solomon Islands has also a lot to share with other countries undergoing similar transitions in light of the need to deal with post-conflict situations.
“In particular, the [Solomon Islands] Government’s experience of a separate Ministry of Peace, Unity and Reconciliation, which deals with the critical issue of operationalising the peace-building policy for all Solomon Islanders, can be shared with other countries,” he emphasised.
Mr Feltman said just over a year ago, the UN Security Council and General Assembly adopted twin resolutions on sustaining peace and the resolution calls on the UN to collectively rethink and broaden its conception of peace-building beyond a purely post-conflict issue to one applicable throughout all stages of a conflict cycle, including prevention.
He said the resolutions also encourage the Peacebuilding Commission to continue innovating in its working methods which includes the addressing of a broader set of countries and issues.
“In both these respects, the Solomon Islands offer us early encouragement to continue our efforts to advance the sustaining peace agenda.
“We very much appreciate Solomon Islands’ strong cooperation with regional actors and will continue to work closely together with all key partners to show unity of effort across the UN system, contributing significantly to efforts of (conflict) prevention and sustaining peace in the Solomon Islands as well as the entire region.”