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29 Jul 2016 description

CHOCO, Colombia/ GENEVA | 29/7/2016

LWF supports community claim to regulate gold mining in Colombia

(LWI) - "If gold mining was no longer possible, I would have to leave,” says Orlinda Romaña, 38, a single mother with seven children who has worked in artisanal mining since she was 11.

“But I do not want to go. I want to stay here. This is my house. I have nowhere to go and I need to work to live well. Mining is the only income I have," she says.

28 Jul 2016 description
report UN Women

For Colombian women, ending violence against women is a precondition for peace. For decades, they have underlined this ask in their peacebuilding efforts, but their work remains less visible. A new programme supported by UN Women and partners seeks to bring women’s contribution and perspectives to the forefront.

“Only bullets don’t kill us, indifference does too,” says Maryerlis Angarita, a rural leader from Montes de María, Colombia, who started telling women’s stories of the war after her mother disappeared.

28 Jul 2016 description

20,000 people affected by gale and heavy rain in Colombia- Update: UNGRD reports that the gale and heavy rain that occurred on July 21, 2016 has affected a least 4, 028 families (approximately, 20,000 people) in 60 districts. The Departmental Committee for Disaster Risk Management (CDGR) continues to provide support with the help of local relief agencies and others to provide a needs assessment. Currently, 60% of districts have been assessed, but it is estimated that the number of affected families will amount to 5,000. (OS: OCHA)

27 Jul 2016 description
report UN Women

This statement is attributable to Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, and Zainab Hawa Bangura, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

On 24 July 2016, we celebrated with the people of Colombia the historic commitment by the Government and FARC-EP at the Havana Peace Talks Table to ensure that one of the agreement’s fundamental objectives is to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. The implementation of this commitment …

26 Jul 2016 description
report AlertNet

by Anastasia Moloney | @anastasiabogota | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Monday, 25 July 2016 17:23 GMT

BOGOTA, July 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Colombia's government and FARC rebels have pledged to improve access to land for women and ensure perpetrators of sexual violence, including rape, will not be eligible for amnesty as part of ongoing peace talks to end five decades of civil war.

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26 Jul 2016 description
report UN Women

This statement is attributable to Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, and Zainab Hawa Bangura, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

On 24 July 2016, we celebrated with the people of Colombia the historic commitment by the Government and FARC-EP at the Havana Peace Talks Table to ensure that one of the agreement’s fundamental objectives is to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.

25 Jul 2016 description

As of July 22, 2016, there have been 585 events and nearly 25,000 families have been affected throughout the entire country. The attention and preparation of the communities, through the implemented contingency plans, has reduced the vulnerability and impact. (OS: UNGRD)

23 Jul 2016 description
report UN Women

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence Zainab Hawa Bangura, will visit Havana, Cuba, from 23-24 July. The UN representatives will join the event organized by the parties, which will publicly present the important achievements made by the Gender Sub-Commission composed of representatives of the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

22 Jul 2016 description

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Friday 7/22/2016 - 18:32 GMT

Venezuela's economic crisis has sent a huge but largely ignored wave of people into Colombia, and many more could be on the way, a senior UN refugee official said.

"It's a silent arrival of a lot of people who are crossing the border and staying illegally on the Colombian side," said Martin Gottwald, the United Nations Refugee Agency's representative in Colombia.

20 Jul 2016 description
report IRIN

By Kristy Siegfried

In the midst of bloody, drawn-out wars like those raging in Syria and South Sudan, it can be hard to envisage a peaceful outcome. But the fact that one of the world’s longest-running armed struggles finally appears to be drawing to a close offers a glimmer of hope and even some lessons for resolving other seemingly intractable conflicts.

19 Jul 2016 description

Heavy rains in the municipality of Caucasia, Antioquia Bajo Cauca, affected close to 26 neighborhoods and forced 22,000 people to leave their homes. The Department for Disaster Prevention (DAPARD) and the Office of Infrastructure are coordinating to remove the debris that has dammed a creek in southwest Antioquia. (M: EL TIEMPO) (M: RCN RADIO)

18 Jul 2016 description
report Peace Direct

Historic ceasefire agreements between FARC and the Colombian government have brought an end to a 50-year conflict. The battle for peace now lies with the Colombian people, says Fabio Andres Diaz.

14 Jul 2016 description

Highlights

  • The Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed the “end of conflict” agreement and called a referendum for the Colombian population to approve the final peace accord.

  • The agreements maps out the processes of the ceasefire and cessation of hostilities, disarmament, security guarantees for FARC fighters who transition to civilian life, the reintegration process for FARC members, and the cantonments where the FARC will assemble its forces.

14 Jul 2016 description
report Al Jazeera

Key to lasting peace in Colombia with FARC rebels may lie in the story of chocolate-producing peasant farmers.

Bogota, Colombia - A chocolate-producing community of peasant farmers who faced deadly violence after declaring themselves neutral in Colombia's five-decades-long civil war could hold the key to a lasting peace as a historic ceasefire approaches this month.

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13 Jul 2016 description
report AlertNet

by Anastasia Moloney | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 12 July 2016 09:00 GMT

SAN RAFAEL, Colombia, July 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kneeling down in the middle of a minefield, Noralba Guarin uses a spade to scrape away the hard red earth on a remote wooded hillside in southwestern Colombia.

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12 Jul 2016 description

After more than 50 years and over 340,000 lives lost, the end of the conflict between the Colombian Government and FARC guerilla forces is now in sight. The Federal Foreign Office has been engaged in Colombia for many years. 

Since the appointment of Tom Koenigs as the German Special Envoy to the Colombian Peace Process by Foreign Minister Steinmeier, cooperation has been extended further. This includes support for the political settlement negotiations as well as humanitarian assistance, stabilisation and postconflict peacebuilding measures.

11 Jul 2016 description

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Monday 7/11/2016 - 20:06 GMT

A peace deal being negotiated with FARC rebels will ultimately be determined by a referendum previously mooted by the Colombian government, the official leading negotiations with the insurgents said Monday.

"If the public says 'No,' the process stops and there will be no result," Humberto de la Calle said in an interview with El Tiempo newspaper.

That would also mean "that we would have lost 'four years of our lives.'"

10 Jul 2016 description

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Sunday 7/10/2016 - 22:19 GMT

FARC rebels in Colombia have clashed with government forces in the center of the country, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said Sunday, as the two sides push to finalize a historic peace deal.

"This took place 48 hours ago in La Uribe. A FARC patrol unit came upon an army rapid response team patrol and engaged," Villegas said.

"There were a number of injured," Villegas said without giving a number or the severity of the injuries. The rebels were offered medical assistance, he said.

08 Jul 2016 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Thursday, 7 July 2016 23:38 GMT

By Nelson Acosta and Sarah Marsh

HAVANA, July 7 (Reuters) - A leader of Colombia's FARC rebel group said on Thursday it was investigating why a breakaway unit is opposing a potential peace deal with the government that would end five decades of war.

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