Lausanne, Switzerland, 8 December - The Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany signed a new agreement to support the “Joint UNDP-DPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention”. The contribution of 4 million Euro will support nationally led peace efforts in the Chad Lake Basin, West Africa, Horn of Africa and Arab States regions; through the deployment of UN Peace and Development Advisors who play a critical role in enabling the conditions which prevent conflict and establish the conditions to achieve lasting peace in these contexts.

The agreement was signed today by Mr. Jens Urban - Deputy Head of Division for Crisis Prevention, Stabilisation, Peacebuilding and Mediation, and Mr. Magdy Martínez-Solimán - Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - in Lausanne, Switzerland, where more than 40 Peace and Development Advisors and conflict prevention specialists gathered to reflect on their work and discuss innovative approaches to identify entry points for preventive action at the national, regional and global level.

The Joint UNDP-DPA Programme is an innovative initiative that brings together the political and development arms of the United Nations to jointly enhance UN’s support to countries in sustaining peace. Recognizing that national ownership, inclusivity and sustainability of peace efforts are key to success, the Joint Programme works on a premise that national actors are best placed to carry preventive work forward. The Programme is implemented by UNDP and the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA) working closely with the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO).

Since its inception in 2004, and drawing on a dedicated cadre of Peace and Development Advisors, the Programme has provided support to the UN Resident Coordinators and to UN Country Teams in over 50 countries, working to strengthen national capacities for conflict prevention, dialogue, mediation, and reconciliation. The programme has supported the creation of national peace structures in countries as diverse as Ghana, Tunisia and the Philippines.

With its contribution, the Federal Foreign Office of Germany continues its partnership with the Joint Programme that started in 2016. Other countries supporting the Joint Programme are: Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the European Union, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea and The United Kingdom.

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