Helping countries to emerge sustainably from conflict is at the core of the UN’s mandate. But it is an area where the international community – including the UN – often fails to deliver consistently. Too often, a slow international response fails to deliver critical civilian expertise on time, especially in the immediate aftermath of conflict. We lack the ability to draw on a broad network of expertise, and can sometimes substitute rather than bolster local capacity.
In response to these concerns, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon established a Senior Advisory Group under the chairmanship of former Under-Secretary General for peacekeeping Jean-Marie Guehenno to produce an independent report on civilian capacity in the aftermath of armed conflict. The report was published in February 2011, and its recommendations discussed by both the UN General Assembly and Security Council.
The UK’s statements in each forum can be found here.