South Africa can strengthen its peacebuilding engagements with the United Nations (UN) in a number of ways. In particular, South Africa has several opportunities to play a leading role in the structures of the UN peacebuilding architecture. The country has considerable experience in peacebuilding, ranging from its own peaceful transition to democracy to its engagements on the African continent. As such, South Africa can promote African views on peacebuilding at the UN. South Africa can also contribute to important debates, such as those surrounding the 2015 UN peacebuilding review. This paper draws on field research carried out by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in May 2014.