The story of UNMIL [Book]: The Liberia Peacebuilding Plan

A Liberian Women’s Peace Group member performs during celebrations for the 10th Anniversary of the peace agreement at the Centennial Pavilion in Monrovia. Photo: Staton Winter | UNMIL | 19 Aug 13

20 Apr 2018

The story of UNMIL [Book]: The Liberia Peacebuilding Plan

In 2016, the Security Council, in resolution 2333, requested the Secretary-General to submit a plan to demonstrate how the UN and international partners will assure continued peace and security in Liberia. An intense consultative process led by UNMIL and the Government produced the Peacebuilding Plan.

A Reference Group of Government representatives, the National Civil Society Council, UNMIL, the UN Country Team and the donor community guided the formulation of national peacebuilding priority areas and areas of possible ongoing assistance.

The Peacebuilding Plan established a timetable for Liberia’s transition, focusing on two phases and a roadmap for action, while providing guidance to achieve a peaceful, just and inclusive society, based on the rule of law and respect for human rights.

Phase I outlines the actions required of the UN system in support of the Government’s commitment to embed durable national capacities before UNMIL’s departure. Phase II, from April 2018, will last for a period to be determined by the new Government, in principle not longer than 2020. During this phase, longer-term peacebuilding priorities will be integrated into development frameworks necessary to ensure ongoing support to national efforts to mitigate, prevent and manage risks of conflict.

The President of the Security Council issued a statement in July 2017 encouraging the Government and all stakeholders to strive to fulfil the Plan’s commitments. The Peacebuilding Commission acknowledged the Plan as an example which could be emulated by other post-conflict countries.