Supporting Prevention, Mediation and Sustainable Peace
DPA Issues Updated Funding Appeal
Over 50 countries came together on 1 December to show their support for DPA and its programme of work as set out in the just-issued 2017 Update Multi-Year Appeal. DPA depends for as much as one third of its activities on extra-budgetary funding, making the Appeal essential to the UN’s conflict prevention and mediation efforts. Addressing the meeting, DPA chief Jeffrey Feltman called the Department’s partnership with donors “invaluable”. Donor support had “helped us support parties to move from situations of armed conflict and civil unrest to negotiating tables, and made it possible for us to work across all regions of the globe,” he said.
The 2017 Appeal reflects the importance DPA is placing on the “Sustaining Peace” agenda emerging out of the recent assessments of the UN’s work on ensuring peace and security. The global community was operating “a paradigm shift about how we make and nurture peace, through the Sustaining Peace resolutions,” he said.
Instead of different actors or institutions dealing exclusively and in isolation with certain aspects of conflict, “Sustaining Peace” aims to knock down artificial barriers in order to enable those with valuable expertise and resources to contribute at different stages to preventing conflict and making peace durable.
“The Sustaining Peace agenda is a tremendous opportunity for truly joined up action to make prevention work better than it ever has, to forestall conflict, but also to anchor peace and set the stage for durable development,” Mr. Feltman said.
The meeting was also an opportunity to highlight DPA’s successful resource mobilisation results in 2016. The Department has already reached 100 per cent of its funding target for the year. “I think this confirms donors’ trust in DPA’s ability to deliver results and apply flexible funding where it is mostly needed,” Mr. Feltman told Politically Speaking.