Knut Langeland held the Norwegian statement in the General Assemly. 
Photo: Julie Takahashi.Knut Langeland held the Norwegian statement in the General Assemly. Photo: Julie Takahashi

GA: Civilian capacity in the aftermath of conflict

12/17/2012 // Norway's statement on "Strengthening of the United Nations system: Civilian capacity in the aftermath of conflict" held by Minister Councellor Knut Langeland on December 17th.

Mr President,

During the last decades, we have learnt a lot about peacebuilding. We have leant from our failures. Two lessons are that we need to be better in using civilian capacity in the aftermath of conflict and that we need to focus on national capacity building. The Civilian Capacity Initiative was one of the UN’s responses to the lessons learnt.

We would like to highlight the examples from the field contained in the report of the Secretary General. These examples illustrate how this initiative can provide results.  We look forward to getting further examples in the coming months.  We need a practical, results oriented focus in the process, aiming at efficient support to national processes and priorities.

We are pleased that the Secretary General stresses that regional consultations have confirmed a “particular interest among conflict- or crisis-affected countries in sharing and learning from others’ comparable experiences”. That is what the UN is about, learning from each other and advancing together.

The report of the Secretary General points to the need to develop a system-wide approach to identifying gender expertise needed in the aftermath of conflict. We would be happy to receive an update on the progress of this work.

Norway works with countries in the Global South to develop local civilian capacities. One example is the Training for Peace Programme. Here, Norway works with African partners to support the building of sustainable African capacities for peace operations in the UN, the AU and African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Regional Mechanisms (RMs). The TfP supports training, policy advice and research.  Through TfP we support the only African civilian roster, AFDEM.

Another example is the triangular/North-South-South partnership through the Inter-governmental Authority on Development, or IGAD, in South Sudan. The funds made available by the Norwegian Government are managed by the UNDP and the main implementing partner is the South Sudanese National Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development.

We know from our own experience that triangular cooperation and south-south cooperation have a lot to offer. We are pleased to see that this same philosophy is at the core of the CIVCAP initiative.

Allow me to highlight that the innovative character of the Civilian Capacity Initiative. 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 we encourage an active use of this mechanism.

Like other delegations, Norway welcomes the Joint Global Focal Point on the rule of law.

We are happy to see that ACABQ has studied the report of the Secretary General in great detail. The ACABQ is right in pointing out that more work needs to be done.

However, we must not forget what this process is about. When the General Assembly adopted resolution 66/255, it was because we all agreed that the UN should improve on its use of civilian capacity in the aftermath of conflict. We have confidence that the Secretary-General can lead the way in ensuring the outcome we all have an interest in securing – a United Nations better able to build and consolidate peace in countries emerging from conflicts.

Thank you Mr. President

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