New York, 21 January 2011 – Ambassador Sanja Štiglic, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations spoke at the UN Security Council open debate on Post-conflict peacebuilding under the Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first ever Security Council Presidency with special focus on institution building, a prevalent challenge in a number of societies which have just emerge from conflict.
Ambassador Štiglic stressed that national and international efforts in the early post-conflict period should primarily focus on meeting the most urgent and important peacebuilding objectives, such as establishing security, building confidence and trust in a political process, delivering initial peace dividends, and expanding core national capacity.
Peacebuilding requires coherent, comprehensive and consistent efforts by many different actors working together. Ambassador Štiglic pointed out that in this process, dependence on international assistance has to be gradually but steadfastly reduced and self-reliance promoted. She also emphasized the need to promote and recognize the role of women, who must be empowered to contribute to the decision-making and implementation of institution building.