Churches urged to support UN peacebuilding commission

By staff writers
March 1, 2007

The World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee has expressed appreciation for the establishment of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, and urged WCC member churches to encourage and support its efforts.

In a statement adopted today (Thursday) at its 27 February - 2 March meeting in Bossey, near Geneva, the WCC governing body reiterated its welcome to the Peacebuilding Commission established by the UN in December 2005. It called the related peacebuilding fund launched last October a "major step forward".

While urging WCC member churches to "encourage and support the efforts" of the commission, it also called on UN member states to "provide full moral, material and human resources, backing and support to ensure the successful functioning" of the commission.

The UN Peacebuilding Commission is designed to support post-conflict stabilization initiatives, such as implementation of peace agreements and prevention of the recurrence of conflict. It is also expected to extend the period of attention by the international community to post-conflict recovery.

In its statement, the WCC executive committee emphasized the "importance of participation of regional and local actors," particularly of "those affected by the conflict" in the deliberations of the commission. It also reiterated the need to "recognize the role and contribution of the churches and civil society organizations engaged in peacebuilding activities".

The full text of the statement is available at:

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