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27 Apr 2016 description

Philip Hammond has arrived in Colombia

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has arrived in Colombia to highlight the UK’s support for the country’s peace process and fight against narcotics during visits to Bogota and Cartagena.

Visiting Colombia for the first time as Foreign Secretary, Mr Hammond is on the first stop of a tour of Latin America that will include Cuba and Mexico.

26 Apr 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Four urgent humanitarian challenges in Colombia, ICRC

• The communities of Litoral de San Juan continue facing critical humanitarian issues, Red Departamental de Mujeres Chocoanas.

• A decrease in mass displacement, but limitations on mobility and access continue in the first quarter of 2016

• Children and adolescents face constraints to access to education in Córdoba.

Humanitarian challenges in Colombia will not disappear with a peace agreement

26 Apr 2016 description

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Tuesday 4/26/2016 - 02:12 GMT | 229 words

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos reshuffled his cabinet on Monday in what he said was preparation for a looming peace deal to end a half-century conflict with armed rebels.

"This will be the cabinet of peace... of the post-conflict phase," he said in a speech.

"For that reason it will be composed of people from all regions and all political leanings."

25 Apr 2016 description

Bogotá, April 25: A new report “Deforestation and Indigenous Peoples Rights in the Colombian Amazon” co-published by social justice and environmental NGO DEDISE and Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) underlines the critical role of secure land and territorial rights and traditional knowledge in sustaining one of the most culturally and biologically diverse forests on the planet.

24 Apr 2016 description
report Guardian

Women who had lost everything to conflict came together in their struggle for survival, learning the skills to build a neighbourhood of 102 homes

Sibylla Brodzinsky in Turbaco

As with most Colombian cities, the roads of the busy northern town of Turbaco are laid out in a grid of numbered streets and avenues. But in one particular neighbourhood the main thoroughfare has a special name: Street of the Women Warriors.

21 Apr 2016 description

Jennifer Campbell and Louise Guénette

After 50 years of civil war, Colombians are starting to contemplate a future that holds peace. As negotiations between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) progress, many are looking beyond the signing of an accord at the issues that will be key to its successful implementation and enhance the broader peace process.

20 Apr 2016 description
report Global Communities

Land tenure insecurity inhibits the development of Colombia’s rural areas and agricultural sector, prevents the government from addressing the country’s development challenges, and is responsible for an armed conflict that devastated the country for over 50 years.

19 Apr 2016 description

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Tuesday 4/19/2016 - 15:34 GMT

by Alina DIESTE

President Juan Manuel Santos says Colombia has a "golden opportunity" to uproot the drug trade in this world hub of cocaine production, once a 50-year conflict with leftist insurgents is put to rest.

Lasting change, however, also requires a new international consensus on how to deal with the problem, he warned in an interview late Monday with AFP, adding that it makes more sense to treat addicts than to put them behind bars.

19 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

  • WFP assisted 6,800 people from indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities in Chocó, one of the most conflict-affected provinces. This strategy seeks to improve the food security of vulnerable families affected by forced displacement or extreme poverty, and stabilise economic conditions. WFP supported community orchards for the cultivation of traditional foods and trainings to strengthen social organizations.

19 Apr 2016 description
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The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2016/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 11 150 000

19 Apr 2016 description

Tacueyó, Colombia | AFP | Tuesday 4/19/2016 - 03:09 GMT

by Florence PANOUSSIAN

Alejandro was just 15 when he left home to join Colombia's leftist FARC rebels -- one of thousands of children recruited to fight the government during the deadly decades-long conflict.

Three years on, he is back home, in school and readjusting to normal life thanks in part to a program based on the unique world vision of his Nasa Indian tribe, who live in the country's southwestern Cauca department.

18 Apr 2016 description

30 March 2016 - For many years, UNODC has implemented alternative development initiatives in Colombia by providing technical assistance to over 100,000 family farms that were previously dependent on illicit crops for income. These projects also assist farmers in selling their products in competitive domestic and international markets.

The products of sustainable farm enterprises have now moved one step closer to home. Since February, hundreds of personnel and visitors can now purchase alternative development products on the premises of UNODC's central office in Bogota.

14 Apr 2016 description

Bojana Djokanovic examines new and hopeful prospects for accounting for tens of thousands of missing and disappeared persons in Colombia

13 Apr 2016 description
report Peace Direct

April 13 2016: A recent spike in assassinations and violence in has far-reaching implications for ongoing peace talks in Colombia, says Fabio Andres Diaz.

The assassination of political actors in Colombia is not a new story, but one that seems to repeat itself in particular territories. Violent acts have spiked in the last few weeks with the assassination of civil society leaders and political actors. The implications of these assassinations are endangering the advances made in the peace process in Havana, and could jeopardise the future of Colombia in a post-agreement phase.

12 Apr 2016 description

Declaration of public emergency due to drought in Córdoba and Cesar Departments: More than 80% of the rural population in the municipality of Valencia, Cordoba was affected by drought and was declared a public emergency on April 6, 2016. 13 of the 15 districts in the municipality are without potable water. In the Department of Cesar, a public emergency due to drought was also declared on April 8, 2016. El Niño has brought intense droughts and heavy job and economic losses in the agriculture sector. There are 45,000 agricultural producers that are affected in Cesar.

12 Apr 2016 description

GENEVA, April 12 (UNHCR) – Peace talks between the Government of Colombia and the rebel National Liberation Army, or ELN, that seek to end more than half a century of fighting are welcome. They should pay special attention to the rights of victims, especially internally displaced people and refugees, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has said.

08 Apr 2016 description

Havana, Cuba | AFP | Friday 4/8/2016 - 18:09 GMT

The leader of Colombia's FARC rebels on Friday rejected President Juan Manuel Santos's demand to set a date to disarm, showing that tensions are still marring the peace process.

Santos last month called on the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to set a "precise and clear" date to put down their weapons, after the two sides missed a self-imposed March 23 deadline to deliver a final peace accord.

07 Apr 2016 description

Heavy Rain and flooding caused 1,200 people to become homeless: Due to heavy rainfall, 1,200 families in Fuente de Oro, Meta Department have been affected by the overflowing of Ariari River on April 5, 2016. Many are left homeless and taken to shelters and humanitarian assistance has been requested by authorities. (M: HSBNOTICIAS)