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26 Mar 2015 description

El Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo –BID aprobó el crédito por 70 millones de dólares para comenzar a ejecutar a través de la Financiera de Desarrollo Territorial-FINDETER, el Programa de Apoyo al Desarrollo Sostenible del Departamento de San Andrés, Providencia y Santa Catalina.

​​​​La UNGRD será la encargada de la supervisión y la entidad responsable ante el Gobierno Nacional de este gran proyecto que busca soluciones a largo plazo para mejorar la calidad de vida de todos los isleños.​​​

Este programa abarcará los siguientes componentes:

25 Mar 2015 description

Liliana has overcome adversity through hard work and has now inspire a whole community. At 28 years old, Liliana’s future was cut short due to conflict; she grabbed her few belongings and fled with her husband and three children to a safer area of the country. Today, her family situation is different, full of triumphs and accomplished dreams.

25 Mar 2015 description

•Bogota: Barrio San Blas, Saturday March 21. 190 people had to be evacuated due to landslides and heavy rains which caused the collapse of three houses, at least another 30 are at risk. (fo: BomberosBta; mc.: RCN; El tiempo).

19 Mar 2015 description

La Havane, Cuba | | Thursday 3/19/2015 - 17:11 GMT

Colombia's leftist FARC guerrillas urged President Juan Manuel Santos Thursday to intervene to save their unilateral ceasefire, saying ongoing army attacks put it at risk.

"We want to ask President Santos to do something to save the unilateral, indefinite truce the FARC has declared to the country, to immediately stop these operations against guerrilla forces," said Ivan Marquez, the rebels' chief negotiator at ongoing peace talks with the government.

17 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Recent report analyzes the prospects for the international humanitarian community in a post-agreement scenario.

  • The Committee on the Rights of the Child manifests concern about PDAGs’ high level of child recruitment .

  • Threats and drought main causes of access constraints .

  • UN and WB observe the dramatic situation of Buenaventura.

  • Cartagena+30 : the need to adapt to new contexts .

FIGURES

17 Mar 2015 description

Departament of Antioquia: Forest fires. Six forest fires have been reported in the municipalities of Ituango, Anzá, Urrao, Caicedo, Itagui and Medellín. The most critical area is the municipality of Anzá, due to the size of the fire. 24 of the department's southwest municipalities remain on red alert, as well as Urabá, Magdalena Medio and north of the department. (o.s.: DESASTRES-COLOMBIA).

16 Mar 2015 description

Summary

In the present report, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights welcomes the efforts of the Government of Colombia to meet its human rights obligations and the progress made in the pursuit of a negotiated end to the internal armed conflict.

The High Commissioner describes how sustainable peace will require substantial efforts to overcome inequalities in access to political and economic rights and public services. He also highlights the need to address past violations, including extrajudicial executions.

16 Mar 2015 description
report Geneva Call

Geneva Call welcomes the humanitarian agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC–EP) “on the cleaning and decontamination of the territory of the presence of antipersonnel mines […], improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and unexploded ordnance (UXO), or explosive remnants of war (ERW) in general.” This agreement was concluded on 7th March 2015 in Havana, Cuba.

13 Mar 2015 description

Colombia - Over 1,100 demobilized Colombians created their own businesses in 2014 as part of the reintegration process established by the government through the Colombian Reintegration Agency (ACR).

With support from IOM and USAID, as well as regional partners, 1,158 (221 women and 937 men) ex-combatants created a total of 1,119 new businesses. They included 1,084 individual ventures and 35 joint ventures.

12 Mar 2015 description

Bogota, Colombia | | Thursday 3/12/2015 - 14:53 GMT |

Eight people were hurt in a bomb attack against a police convoy in Bogota on Thursday, authorities in Colombia said.

Five officers and three civilans were injured when explosives that had been planted on the side of a road detonated just as the police convoy was passing by.

Officials said a motorcycle that was part of the convoy caught fire as a result of the blast.

12 Mar 2015 description

Event: Earthquake in the Northern Region of Colombia
Date and time of event: 10-03-15 / 15:55
Date of report: 11-03-2015 / 10:00 am.

Highlights:

• 14 municipalities in 8 departments were affected.

• There are no reports of deaths, one injured in Betulia, Santander.

• Five hospitals in the department of Santander suffered some type of damage.

• At least 140 houses affected in Betulia, Santander, some may inhabitable.

11 Mar 2015 description
  • An earthquake of magnitude 6.2M, at the large depth of 147km, occurred in the department of Santander in northern Colombia on 10 March, at 20.55 UTC. The epicentre was located approximately 30km south-east of the departmental capital city, Bucaramanga.

  • USGS PAGER estimates that approximately 166 000 people were exposed to 'Moderate' shaking.

11 Mar 2015 description

Bogota, Colombia | | Wednesday 3/11/2015 - 16:21 GMT

by Philippe ZYGEL

Colombia will stop air raids on Marxist FARC rebels for a month, President Juan Manuel Santos announced -- a major stride in a peace process aimed at ending Latin America's longest-running civil war.

Peace talks have been under way since 2012 but the president's gesture was an unprecedented step towards ending the conflict, which has killed more than 200,000 people and uprooted more than five million.

10 Mar 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA, March 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Colombia, one of the most mine-scarred countries in the world, could be free of landmines in a decade after the government and FARC rebels reached a historic agreement on landmine clearance during peace talks in Cuba, an anti-landmine group said.

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09 Mar 2015 description

that Norwegian People’s Aid has been asked by both parties in the ongoing peace talks on Colombia to lead and support with the clearance of landmines, improvised explosive devices and other unexploded ordnances.

NPA has worked with Humanitarian Disarmament and Mine Clearance for the last 20 years in more than 40 countries worldwide, and is among the leading organizations in its field.

NPA has been involved in Latin America since the 1980’s with a variety of development projects, and in Colombia the last 10 years with various partner organizations.

08 Mar 2015 description

Havana, Cuba | | Saturday 3/7/2015 - 19:58 GMT

by Francisco JARA

Colombia's government and Marxist FARC rebels announced Saturday they had reached a deal on demining, a stride forward on a key issue to negotiate peace after decades of conflict.

Army and FARC leaders met for the first time in what one diplomat called "unprecedented" talks.

06 Mar 2015 description
report AlertNet

Author: Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Illegal mining and drug-fuelled gang violence will still force thousands of Colombians from their homes each year, even if a peace deal emerges from current talks with Marxist rebels, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) predicted.

The number of freshly displaced Colombians fell by 40 percent last year from 2013, a drop attributed largely to a unilateral ceasefire by the rebels, whose talks in Cuba with government negotiators have lasted two years.

05 Mar 2015 description

Havana, Cuba | | Thursday 3/5/2015 - 16:25 GMT

Colombian army generals met commanders from leftist guerrilla group FARC for the first time Thursday to begin work on a ceasefire proposal aimed at ending their five-decade conflict.

The meeting marks the first time that military commanders from both sides have sat down together to discuss an end to the guerrilla war.

Peace talks have been going on in Cuba for the past two years, but have thus far involved government and rebel negotiators, not military commanders.

05 Mar 2015 description
report UN News Service

4 March 2015 – In eradicating sexual violence related to Colombia’s internal armed conflict, the main challenge now is translating resolve into tangible solutions in communities where the crime continues to occur, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Sexual Violence said at the conclusion of her trip to the Latin American country.