The UN General Assembly approved on Wednesday Egypt’s re-election to the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) for two years from 2023 to 2024, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the same day.
Osama Abdel Khaliq — Egypt’s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York — said that Egypt’s re-election comes after it received support from the African bloc in New York.
He said that this election reflects Egypt’s long-standing contributions to peace-building efforts in Africa, including during Egypt’s chairing of the Peacebuilding Commission in 2021, when it represented the continent.
He also noted President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s leadership on the issue of reconstruction and development in the aftermath of conflicts in the African Union (AU).
Furthermore, Al-Khaleq pointed out Egypt’s commitment to continue working with all parties concerned to support efforts to enhance the effectiveness of the UN peacebuilding architecture, in particular through the provision of adequate, sustainable, and predictable funding for peacebuilding activities.
In this regard, he stressed the importance of allocating financial resources for peacebuilding activities within the UN budget to enable the Peacebuilding Fund to respond to requests for support from Member States, particularly in Africa, to preserve the gains of peace and prevent states from sliding back into conflict.