Galvez, UN to beef up ties for Bangsamoro tran­si­tion

The Philippine Star - - NEWS | OPINION - By JOSE RODEL CLAPANO

Pres­i­den­tial ad­viser on the peace process Car­l­ito Galvez Jr. has urged the United Na­tions to con­tinue its as­sis­tance in pro­vid­ing ca­pac­ity devel­op­ment to key lead­ers in the Bangsamoro.

“Our fo­cus now is how to have good governance on the new Bangsamoro gov­ern­ment. I would like to re­quest the UN fam­ily to help us in men­tor­ing key lead­ers on how to be ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive in governance,” Galvez told of­fi­cials of var­i­ous UN agen­cies who paid him a courtesy call last Fri­day.

Galvez also thanked the UN for its con­tin­ued sup­port for the peace process.

“I think your projects that are peo­ple-cen­tered and those on hu­man re­source devel­op­ment are good. I would like to thank you for help­ing us and shar­ing the same goal,” he said.

Galvez cited the role of UN agen­cies in help­ing counter vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism, pre­vent­ing the re­cruit­ment of child soldiers, em­pow­er­ing women and de­vel­op­ing the whole Min­danao re­gion.

“I be­lieve that if we have peace in Min­danao, we have peace in the Philip­pines. If we have devel­op­ment in Min­danao, we have devel­op­ment in the Philip­pines,” he said.

The United Na­tions’ part­ner­ship frame­work is an­chored on the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals 2019-2023. It aims to achieve out­comes re­lated to peo­ple-cen­tered­ness, eco­nomic pros­per­ity and peace.

In his re­marks dur­ing the courtesy call, UN res­i­dent co­or­di­na­tor Ola Alm­gren ex­pressed in­ter­est in Of­fice of the the Pres­i­den­tial Ad­viser on the Peace Process (OPPAP)’s prac­tices in the peace process.

“OPAPP has con­trib­uted a lot to the global prac­tice. The UN is look­ing for­ward to your ex­pe­ri­ences and best prac­tices, hop­ing that you can par­tic­i­pate in global fora and share them as well as to work with you and your staff,” Alm­gren said.

Among the UN agen­cies present in the meet­ing were the United Na­tions Devel­op­ment Pro­gram, United Na­tions In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Emer­gency Fund, UN Women, In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Mi­gra­tion, and Pre­ven­tion on Vi­o­lent Ex­trem­ism.

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