UNITED NATIONS - The Security Council Thursday called for more rapid efforts to build peace in the period immediately after strife-torn countries emerged from armed conflict, following a day-long open debate in which more than 40 speakers, including Pakistan, took part. In a statement read out by Sam Kutesa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Uganda, which holds the organs rotating presidency for July, Council members underscored the vital role of the United Nations in supporting the development of early strategies, in close consultation with national authorities, for re-establishing the institutions of Government and the rule of law, as well as for revitalizing economic activity. The presidential statement also supported Secretary-General Ban Ki-moons recommendation to broaden and deepen the pool of international civilian experts available to assist in those areas, and to strengthen United Nations leadership of peacebuilding activities on the ground. It further stressed the importance of greater coordination with the World Bank, as well as the Peacebuilding Commissions critical role in ensuring a coherent approach among all actors. It urged Member States to help provide rapid, flexible and predictable funding for post-conflict peacebuilding, and reaffirmed the central role of regional organizations. It also reaffirmed the importance of ending impunity in societies recovering from conflict, and recognized the place of justice and reconciliation mechanisms in that regard. Building peace is about much more than ending war, Ban said as he presented his report to the Council. It is about putting in place the institutions and trust that will carry people forward into a peaceful future. There was often only a limited window of opportunity to do that, he stressed. PAKISTAN Speaking in the debate, Pakistan's U.N. Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon joined the call for strengthening the 31-member commission and making its work "people-centric". "Strengthening of the commission and utilizing its full potential is therefore essential in advancing UNs peace-building objectives," he said while commenting on the the secretary-general's report on peacebuilding. The commission, which includes Pakistan, was established in 2005. Countries can also avail themselves of financial assistance from the Peacebuilding Fund to jump-start projects as they rebuild after destruction brought about by a conflict. Haroon said challenges in the immediate aftermath of conflict were immense, but so were peoples aspirations at that time. For that reason, it was natural that the nation concerned should own the peacebuilding process, although it needed assistance to lay the foundations for sustainable peace and development. The general principles of peacebuilding were well recognized and well expressed in the report, he said, adding that all early peacebuilding work should be people-centric and focused on early peace dividends and reconciliation. The Pakistan ambassador said the work should also be coherent and carried out under a common vision, prioritizing early capacity-building. Adequate and predictable funding was often missing and that problem should be remedied, with monies funneled through Government structures to enhance capacity-building efforts. In all those efforts, Haroon added, it was important to harness the full potential of the Peacebuilding Commission, which should be engaged in the earliest stages of United Nations involvement in any situation, alongside the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).