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06 Dec 2016 description

FAO event focuses on ways to assist Colombia's comprehensive rural reform

6 December 2016, Rome - FAO will support Colombia in carrying out a comprehensive rural reform aimed at strengthening food security and peace, including measures which address issues of land access and restitution on behalf of the millions of farmers affected by the conflict that plagued the country for more than 50 years.

02 Dec 2016 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12606

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Román Oyarzun Marchesi (Spain):

02 Dec 2016 description

On December 01, strong rains in Cali caused flooding and landslides. Within the preliminary report of the emergency, 6 deaths due to a landslide in the neighborhood of the Siloe were reported, in addition to damage to the electric system and 14 destroyed homes. (M: EL PAIS)

02 Dec 2016 description
report Red Cross EU Office

Plagued by conflict and with very little hope for the future, the people of Catatumbo in Norte de Santander are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Disease prevails due to poor water and hygiene conditions, and unexploded ordnances and land mines pose the constant threat of detonation. With almost no transportation and a general absence of basic health services, the population in Catatumbo face high levels of vulnerability and isolation.

02 Dec 2016 description

The Secretary-General is greatly encouraged by the ratification, by Colombia’s parliament, of the Peace Agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP). He congratulates the parties and the people of Colombia whose determination to achieve peace has been a source of inspiration around the world.

01 Dec 2016 description

GENEVA (1 December 2016)  – UN High Commissioner for Human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has welcomed the ratification by the Colombian Congress of a revised peace agreement with the Farc rebel group that aims to end more than five decades of conflict. 

“I urge the Government, all political parties, including the opposition, as well as civil society, to put aside their differences, and start working for the accord’s prompt implementation,” the High Commissioner said. 

01 Dec 2016 description

BOGOTA, Dec 1 (Reuters) - The Colombian government said its peace negotiations with the National Liberation Army (ELN) were postponed to Jan. 10 while the guerrilla force conducts internal consultations and is to free a kidnapped politician.

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01 Dec 2016 description

1 December 2016, 10:27 UTC

The ratification of the peace agreement marks the beginning of a new and hopeful chapter in Colombia’s history, but the real hard work starts now, Amnesty International said today.

Last night, Congress ratified a revised version of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) after the original deal was rejected by a referendum on 2 October.

The ratification paves the way for the FARC to begin to demobilize and disarm in a process to be implemented over six months.

30 Nov 2016 description
report Voice of America

The latest peace deal between the Colombian government and the rebel group known as FARC is one step from approval after the country's senate voted in favor of the agreement on Tuesday.

The lower house of Congress is considering the measure Wednesday.

A previous version of the agreement was struck down in a national referendum, but the revised deal signed last week in Bogota by President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo Londono needs only to be approved by lawmakers and not the public.

28 Nov 2016 description

New peace agreements signed on November 24 between the Colombian government and FARC guerillas aim to revive a deal the two parties struck in September, after four years of negotiations. While the new agreements will avoid the referendum pitfall that derailed the previous process, ending the longest running civil war in the Western Hemisphere will depend on political opponents accepting compromise—something they have been unwilling to do in the past.

25 Nov 2016 description

ERRATUM

The delegations of the National Government and the FARC – EP hereby state for the record that the following mistakes have been noticed in the document entitled “Final Agreement for the End of the Conflict and the Construction of a Stable and Long-lasting Peace”, dated November 12, 2016:

25 Nov 2016 description

The Secretary-General welcomes the signing of the new peace agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People´s Army (FARC-EP), following broad consultations with political and social sectors. He commends the parties for their determination to bring this long-standing conflict to an end. He congratulates all who participated constructively in the dialogue that led to the new agreement.

25 Nov 2016 description

“The new peace agreement signed today between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the FARC, holds out hope that vast numbers of people displaced within their own country can finally return home. We warmly welcome the firm commitment of both sides to end the longest armed conflict in Latin America.

24 Nov 2016 description

Ceremony marks the six-month countdown for the 7,000-strong rebel movement to abandon their weapons and form a political party

By Helen Murphy

BOGOTA, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos and Marxist FARC rebel leader Rodrigo Londono signed a revised peace accord on Thursday in a far more sober ceremony than a first deal rejected last month by millions at a plebiscite.

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24 Nov 2016 description

As a peace deal to end Latin America’s longest-running conflict advances, young people are setting an example with a push to end hostility among neighbours.

By: Viviana Murillo and Regina de la Portilla | 24 November 2016

LA GLORIA, Colombia – A group of displaced youth in Colombia’s Amazon region have set their elders an example with a scheme to heal suspicion and hostility in their divided community.

24 Nov 2016 description

Heavy rains and the overflow of rivers Baudó and San Juan have affected at least 20 409 families (approximately 80 000 people) in 20 municipalities of the department of Chocó. Five people have been reported dead, four of whom children.

Municipalities have distributed emergency kits to the most affected families (provided by UNGRD - National Unit for Disaster Risk Management), covering their needs for two weeks. But the massive loss of crops represents a serious risk for the population in the near future.

23 Nov 2016 description

Revised accord to be signed and sent to Congress for approval after original draft was rejected in Oct. 2 referendum amid objections it was too favorable to rebels

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21 Nov 2016 description

Bogotá, November 21 - The United Nations Country Team and the UN Mission in Colombia express concern about violent actions, including recent killings, targeting social leaders in several conflict-affected areas.