Ghana’s Rev Asante Named to UN Peacebuilding Fund Advisory Group

 

United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres has appointed Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante of Ghana among 10 members of the Sixth Advisory Group of the Peacebuilding Fund.

According to a press release issued by the UN on May 28, the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund is the organization’s financial instrument for sustaining peace in countries at risk of violence and countries that are already in that position.

“From 2006 to 2017, the Fund approved a total of $772 million to 41 recipient countries, and from 2017 to 2019, it scaled up its commitments by approving $531 million for 51 countries”, the statement said.

The release indicated that per the terms of reference of the Peacebuilding Fund adopted by the General Assembly, the Secretary-General appoints 10 eminent individuals for a term of two years, taking into consideration gender and regional balance.  Candidates for this appointment were nominated by member states, including countries contributing to the fund.

The statement noted that the unprecedented crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic requires sustained investment in peacebuilding now more than ever.  

“Countries already affected by violent conflict or the risk thereof need support to adjust to the shock that the pandemic may cause on existing situations.  Without peace and security, access to health and humanitarian services is severely undermined” it said.

According to the statement it was based on that exigency that the Secretary-General called for a global ceasefire, adding that consolidating opportunities to build peace was an important task for the international community, and the Peacebuilding. The statement further revealed that the fund was designed to support programming that needed to be started quickly and flexibly where requested.

It also restated that the Peacebuilding Fund’s new strategy, 2020-24, is designed to bolster the fund with a target of $1.5 billion in financing for peacebuilding, the most ambitious strategy for the fund to date.

Most Rev. Prof. Asante is currently the Chairman of the National Peace Council, a non-political organization in Ghana, consisting of eminent persons who offer peace-related advice to the Executive and the nation.