Counsellor Ms. Julie Jacobsen Takahashi during the fifth committee meeting in the United Nations. Photo: Anne Guro Dimmen/NorwayUN.Counsellor Ms. Julie Jacobsen Takahashi during the fifth committee meeting in the United Nations. Photo: Anne Guro Dimmen/NorwayUN.

C5: Civilian Capacities

12/7/2012 // Norway's statement on "Civilian Capacities" in the fifth committee held by Counsellor Ms. Julie Jacobsen Takahashi on December 7th.

I would like to thank the Secretariat and the ACABQ for their introductions. The reports before us show that the UN has come quite a long way from where this process began. This process is essentially about finding ways for the UN to better build peace in countries emerging out of conflict.

We all knew at the onset that the UN must seek partnerships and strengthen its cooperation with external institutions, particularly in the global South, to deliver on increasingly complex mandates, and where time is of the essence. We welcome that this work is moving forward. Let me highlight §18 in the SG’s report, which stresses that regional consultations have confirmed a “particular interest among conflict- or crisis-affected countries in sharing and learning from others’ comparable experiences”.

I think the late Sergio de Vieira de Mello once succinctly put his finger on our challenge: As Special Representative of the Secretary-General to East Timor, he lamented that “in the first few months, we had all these people coming from New York who could write diplomatic cables, but nobody who could lay electrical cable.”

We are pleased to see that the new online platform CAPMATCH has been launched. We note that CAPMATCH is not a site for UN-recruitment, but rather a platform to facilitate better contact between resources and capacity providers, and those who need them

In the report of the Secretary General we note the examples from the field contained in the report. These examples illustrate how this initiative can provide tangible results on the ground. We look forward to getting more examples from the field.  

We know from our own experience that triangular cooperation has a lot to offer. Norway supports several civilian capacity rosters with a huge participation from the south. We experience time and again how essential their contribution is. We are pleased to see that this same philosophy, and the concept of national ownership, is at the core of the CIVCAP initiative.

The UN’s impact on the ground is the sum not only of all the parts of the UN-system. It is the sum of all the UN’s partnerships, the capacity it is able to find locally, and the capacity it is able to leave behind.

Norway therefore wholeheartedly welcomed the independent Review of Civilian Capacities in the Aftermath of Conflict when it was launched. And we are encouraged to see that the UN is already finding ways to better work with relevant expertise in complex missions. We look forward to continuing our cooperation with other Member States, the UN Secretariat, and with regional organisations to ensure the best possible use of existing capacities and the development of new capacities in the south. And we look forward to participating constructively in this cross cutting discussion, across all the relevant intergovernmental foras, in a sensible sequence. We need to move forward, a lot can be done without incurring costs, and administrative implications. For the steps that will have administrative and budgetary consequences, we look forward to engaging in this committee.

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