On May 29, the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Mohammed al-Saadi, the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Paolo Lembo, and a representative of the Office of the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General, Niels Guenther, signed the Peace Building Priority Plan and five initial projects.
The Peace Building Plan receives its funding from a global United Nations fund set up to support peace building initiatives in countries affected by conflict. The Peace Building Priority Plan in Yemen has an overall budget of $12 million over two years. The purposes are to strengthen social cohesion at the sub-national and local level so communities become more resilient to conflict, to establish an institutional framework addressing long-standing grievances and lay the basis for accountable institutions that respect and protect human rights, and lastly, to ensure that outcomes of the transition are achieved and sustained through empowered women and men in an increasingly inclusive and transparent participatory process.
“Today marks an important step towards consolidating peace in Yemen,” said Paolo Lembo, the UN Resident Coordinator. “The National Dialogue Conference resulted in important consensus among the political forces in Yemen, but more should to be done to meet the aspirations of the people. The UN stands by Yemen to assist in the transitional period by providing seed funding to projects that could help people transform their lives and their relationship with the state,” he said.
The five projects signed focus on the provision of livelihoods to people living in conflict affected communities, peace and transition support, support to the implementation of transitional justice in Yemen, capacity development to national NGOs working in communities affected by conflict, and enhancing trust between security institutions and the general population.
So far the Peace Building Fund has allocated US $5 million to Yemen for the presidential elections, support for the National Dialogue and projects for women, youth and civil society organizations, as well as to support the Dismissals Commission and the Land Commission.