EU, UNDP launch a new project to help sustain peace in Mindanao

Apr 27, 2016

27 April 2016, Manila, Philippines – The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched today a new project that aims to sustain peace efforts in Mindanao.

 

EU Ambassador Franz Jessen and UNDP Philippines Country Director Titon Mitra presented the "Support Peace-Bangsamoro Project" that will be implemented from 2016 to mid-2017.

 

With funding of € 1.2 million (Php63 million) from EU, UNDP will implement the Support Peace-Bangsamoro project that aims to a) support capacity-building for local leaders and other stakeholders on public administration and parliamentary processes, b) strengthen the constituency for peacebuilding in the Bangsamoro, including establishing partnerships with local government units and civil society organizations c) develop platforms that will enable the youth and women to actively engage in peacebuilding, and d) provide support to the Third Party Monitoring of the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

 

EU Ambassador Franz Jessen said: “We would like to keep the dialogue open to strengthen peace-building efforts even in the grassroots level. This initiative would contribute to ensuring participation of all stakeholders especially women and children in local processes, decision-making and conflict mitigation for sustainable peace."

 

"The EU recognizes UNDP’s experience and expertise on implementing peacebuilding projects and we are pleased that our partnership will continue.”

 

UNDP Philippines Country Director Titon Mitra said, “The security situation in conflict affected areas in Mindanao is potentially volatile with the non-passage of the legislation to create a Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. Peacebuilding efforts need to be deepened and this project will make an important contribution to the difficult but critical process of securing a lasting peace. UNDP and the EU have a long-standing partnership on and commitment to peacebuilding initiatives in Mindanao.”

 

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For more information, please contact:

 

UNDP

Jaclyn Grey, Communications Associate, UNDP Philippines

+63917 581 0495 || jaclyn.grey@undp.org

Alma Evangelista, Team Leader, Recovery and Peacebuilding Unit, UNDP Philippines

Alma.Evangelista@undp.org

Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines

Thelma Gecolea, Public Affairs Officer

Phone: +63 2 859-5124

e-mail : Thelma.Gecolea@eeas.europa.eu

Website : http: //eeas.europa.eu/delegations/philippines

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