UNITED NATIONS - Pakistan has underscored the need for enhancing the effectiveness of the United Nations Peace-building Commission (PBC),stating that the 31-member inter-governmental body plays an important role in improving the lives of ordinary people affected by the conflict.

"Peace-building activities produce tangible results on ground," Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told the UN General Assembly during a review of the activities of the Commission, which was established in 2005.

Despite the many silos in the United Nations system, member States must strive to better utilise the PBC's work and to enhance its interaction and advisory role to the principal United Nations organs, the Pakistani envoy said.

Pakistan had seen the result of PBC's work as a member of the Commission as well as as one of the top troop contributors to countries where much of this work takes place, she added. "This experience confirms our belief that strengthening the peace-building architecture and advancing the peace-building agenda are not just important but imperative," Maleeha Lodhi said.

The Ebola crisis in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone had exposed the challenges of consolidating peace, but the Commission’s nimble and flexible response had brought coherence to its efforts, providing valuable lessons to absorb, she said.

Maleeha Lodhi said that the Peacebuilding Fund was languishing as a result of unpredictable funding.

"PBC's focus on domestic resource mobilisation is important, but enhancing international financial support and ensuring its predictability is critical," she added.

Referring to the landmark resolution adopted concurrently by the 193-member Assembly and the Security Council on improving peacebuilding architecture, she said that lasting peace was possible only through prevention of conflict and addressing its root causes.

Inclusivity was the lynchpin for sustaining peace, requiring close partnership with national stakeholders and respect for national priorities and policies, Maleeha said.

"An enhanced role for women and youth is also critical and essential for success,"  she added. In conclusion, the Pakistani envoy hoped the review process would “breathe new life” into the Commission, making it more responsive and effective.