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G8 Declaration on Cooperation and Future Action
on Stabilization and Reconstruction

St. Petersburg, July 16, 2006

1. The rapidly changing international environment and evolution of new threats and challenges demands more agile, adaptable responses from the international community. The international community should be prepared to support vulnerable states and people in the transition from conflict to sustainable peace with robust stabilization and reconstruction assistance. The UN is a primary actor in international peacekeeping and S&R operations. The UN has established a new Peacebuilding Commission that will provide more sustained, coordinated, and focused support to countries emerging from conflict. The UN is also in the process of establishing a Peacebuilding Support Office and a Standing Fund for Peacebuilding, and is revising its Integrated Mission Planning Process, in order to make more effective use of its institutional machinery. With the right level of partnership with members of the G8 and others including regional organizations, this will lead to better protection for civilian populations and a far more coordinated and strategic international approach to stabilization and reconstruction. Multilateral and regional organizations and states have focused significant resources on developing new tools for S&R in recent years. Individual states are trying to make better use of their national resources by integrating defense, development and diplomatic capabilities in support of joint planning and strategy for stabilization and reconstruction. 

2. The G8 has also sought to address deficiencies in the stabilization and reconstruction field, with a particular emphasis on Africa. All of these initiatives have produced benefits, but for these efforts to truly succeed, G8 heads of state acknowledge the need to establish a more coherent global approach to stabilization and reconstruction that enhances the UN's capabilities and provides complementary national and regional capabilities.  National capabilities are leading efforts and we can expect that international efforts will contain a blend of UN, regional and national initiatives. The G8 Heads of State commit as a group to establish a more coordinated approach with each other and key external partners to conflict prevention, stabilization and reconstruction that ties together existing initiatives - both inside and outside the G8 - and builds on them, by committing to the following measures:

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Measures to Enhance Collaboration in Stabilization and Reconstruction

Cooperation among G8 partners: We asked the Russian presidency to organize and lead consultations on this issue. G8 experts will invite representatives from the UN and appropriate regional organizations from a range of disciplines (development, security and diplomacy) to meet as soon as possible in 2006 after the conclusion of the UN General Assembly to discuss feasibility of implementation of the following measures.

Source: Official website of the Russian G8 presidency

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