The National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) reported that the overflow of the Rio Frio River and mudslide led to 100 destroyed houses, blocked roadways, and a loss of bridges. In addition about 3,000 hectares of crops were affected. The overflow of the Rio Frio River was due to heavy rains that affected the municipalities of Algeciras, Rivera and Campoalegre in Hualia Department. No deaths were reported; however, about 2,000 people were evacuated from the Rio Negro neighborhood. The Huila Department remains on red alert due to hydro-meteorological conditions.
The Rio del Loro River damaged houses, supplies, crops and livestock, leaving more than 1,800 families affected. They are being relocated to temporary shelters. A main road is completely blocked by the overflow of rivers and other debris, preventing the complete passage of vehicles towards the south of the department. Four municipalities that have been affected by the avalanches are: Algeciras, Campolegre, Rivera and Neiva. (M: CARACOL)
Bogotá, Colombia, 19 February 2017 - Around 300 men and women arrived on 18 February at the zone of Agua Bonita, in the department of Caquetá, central Colombia, where the UN Mission will verify the laying down of arms. This movement completes the arrival of around 6,900 FARC-EP men and women, some of them pregnant or with small children, to begin their transition to civilian life.
96 more families displaced: The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that the 53 families in Tibú and 43 in the municipality of Teorama in Norte de Santander have been forcefully displaced. These families will seek refuge in Venezuela. (M: EL ESPECTADOR)
For the last few months APOPO has been providing capacity building and technical assistance to Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas (CCCM) – the Colombian campaign to ban landmines. Yesterday, the two CCCM non-technical survey teams that APOPO trained reached a first milestone – they were accredited by the Colombian Mine Action Authority and will begin operations at the end of the month.
USAID supports the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Colombia through the Recruitment Prevention and Reintegration (RPR) Program. The RPR Program provides institutional strengthening for the Government of Colombia (GOC) to support legal, social and economic reintegration services to demobilized adults and disengaged children, as well as to prevent new recruitment.
Bogotá February 14, 2016 - The UN Mission in Colombia hails the completion of almost all FARC-EP movements to the Zones where the laying down of arms will take place, with the recent entry of the members of the 33rd Front into the Zone of Caño Indio, in the Municipality of Tibú, department of Norte de Santander, after several days of interruption near the municipality of La Gabarra.
In 2015, the government and FARC rebels agreed to work together to remove landmines during peace talks in Cuba
By Anastasia Moloney
BOGOTA, Feb 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Colombia, one of the most mined countries in the world, aims to remove all landmines and other explosives by 2021 after the government and FARC rebels signed a peace deal last year, a top government official has said.
Bogotá, February 10, 2017 - The National Direction of the Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM) presents the progress of activities carried out from January 28 to February 10, 2017, related to the movements of FARC-EP members from the Temporal Pre-grouping Points (PPT) to the zones and points where the laying down of arms will take place, based on the protocols governing the Bilateral Ceasefire and Cessation of Hostilities and the Laying down of Arms:
The Humanitarian Donor Group in Colombia was officially formed in January 2014, and includes the participation of OCHA, ECHO, PRM, and the Embassies of Canada, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Spain and Germany. The main objectives of the Humanitarian Donor Group are:
To contribute to strategic decision-making on humanitarian funding.
To position and raise awareness on humanitarian issues and Colombia’s humanitarian situation.
On 7 February 2017, the Colombian government and the second largest Guerrilla Group in Colombia, the National Liberation Army (Ejército de Liberación Nacional – ELN) initiated the public phase of the Peace Talks, in Quito, Ecuador. Postponed since March 2016, following two years of informal negotiations, because of preconditions set by the Colombian government regarding the release of former Congressman Odín Sánchez Montes de Oca. The path was finally paved for the start of the public stage of the Peace Talks with the release on 2 February this year of Mr.
The Secretary-General welcomes the launch on 7 February in Quito, Ecuador, of formal peace talks between the Government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army (ELN). Resolving this conflict is essential to achieving a comprehensive peace in Colombia, to saving lives and to advancing sustainable development across the whole country.
Bogotá, February 03, 2017 - The National Direction of the Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM) presents the progress of a verification as well as the conclusions of three breaches and two violations of the Bilateral Ceasefire and Cessation of Hostilities (CFHBD, in the Spanish acronym), which occurred in different parts of the country, as follows:
BOGOTA — A shallow, 5.6-magnitude earthquake rattled residents of Colombia's largest city on Monday, leading office workers to evacuate buildings and forcing the city's airport to temporarily close.
The earthquake struck shortly after 8 a.m. local time and was centered in the department of Huila, about 185 miles (300 kilometers) southwest of the capital. It had a depth of 23 miles (37 kilometers), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
President Juan Manuel Santos said there were no immediate reports of damage.
As Colombia begins official peace talks with the second largest guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), on 7 February, Colombia’s rural leaders continue to face threats and violence in their efforts to implement peace. Last week alone, 8 community leaders and land restitution claimants were killed in just one region in Colombia - Urabá.
On the first day of her official visit to Colombia, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, met on 1 February in Bogotá with high-level government representatives to outline UNESCO's contribution to the process of consolidating peace and reconciliation.
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ariane Rummery – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
The humanitarian situation in Colombia´s border areas remains deeply challenging, according to a recent study by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and the Colombian Ombudsman.
Colombian authorities, FARC-EP leader and Deputy Chief of Observers of the UN Mission in Colombia received members of the FARC in La Guajira
La Guajira, Colombia, February 1, 2017 -More than 200 men and women of the FARC-EP marched today to the Transitional Point of Normalization of Pondores, department of La Guajira, in northern Colombia, according to figures from tripartite Monitoring and Verification Mechanism, composed of the Government, the FARC-EP and coordinated by the UN Mission in Colombia.