United Nations Peacebuilding Fund allows Gov’t $3M

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The United Nations Peace-building Support has pledged UD$3 million to the Gambia for one of its key priorities of sustaining peace in the country.

The United Nations Assistant Secretary General for Peace-building Support disclosed this to journalists during a press conference held at the UN Office, in Bakau, on March 21st

Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, who is accompanied on a visit to The Gambia by the chair of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, Ambassador Cho Tae-yul, said their meeting yesterday with President Adama Barrow had provided an opportunity to assess first-hand the peace-building challenges and discuss concrete ways to support the country’s ongoing sustaining peace efforts.

“We also met the Chief Justice and the leadership of the Defence and the Security Forces, including the Chief of Defence Staff and the Deputy Inspector General of the Police, where we exchanged views with the Independent Electoral Commission and representatives of Civil Society Organizations, the Diplomatic Community and the United Nations Country Team.” says Mr Fernandez-Taranco

The key focus of the mission, he added, was to discuss the details of the initial support to be provided by the UN, based on recommendations of previous UN missions, including the recent mission by Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman and Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, Mr Mohamed Ibn Chambas.

In his remarks at the press conference, the Nations Peacebuilding Commission chair, Ambassador Cho Tae-yul, said the UN Peacebuilding Commission can contribute to efforts aimed at sustaining international engagement to supporting The Gambia’s peace-building priorities.

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