PBC Chair Lauber, ASG Bintou visit Burundi
Amb. Jürg Lauber, Chair of the Burundi Configuration at the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) and Ms Bintou Keita, UN Assistant Secretary General for Africa wrapped up a weeklong stay in Bujumbura on 7 February 2020.
The two officials came visiting as preparations gathered pace for Burundi’s general elections slated for May this year.
The trip itself came hot on the heels of a PBC meeting held earlier last week in New York to discuss possible assistance towards peaceful elections in the country. It was also part of continuing efforts to help Burundi smoothen economic ties with international partners.
During the visit Amb. Lauber and ASG Keita held discussions with senior government officials, diplomats, and UN agency chiefs in Bujumbura. They also met with political and religious leaders, as well as representatives of the civil society.
Ms Bintou Keita further met separately with First Lady Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza for updates on the 2nd International Women’s Conference that the latter hosted in Bujumbura in October last year.
The Peacebuilding Commission is an intergovernmental advisory body of the United Nations that supports peace efforts in countries emerging from conflict. It promotes integrated strategies for post-conflict peacebuilding and recovery by bringing the relevant actors together and marshaling resources.