30 Jun 2016 by Arnaud Peral, Resident Representative a.i., UNDP Colombia
Today more than ever we need to pursue an optimistic approach in the firm conviction that we will be better off with peace than with war: and this outlook applies to all areas across the board – social, economic and environmental.
The armed conflict has left an immense ecological footprint and has limited the extent to which Colombia can achieve development through biodiversity.
Food Security Snapshot - Early prospects for 2016 cereal production favourable - Cereal imports expected to remain at high levels in 2016/17 marketing year - Rice prices declined in June - Improved prospects for food security following peace accord agreement and cessation of hostilities between Government and FARC
Early prospects for 2016 cereal production favourable
By Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli, Senior Associate on the Andes
By Kristian Herbolzheimer
by Renata Segura
Yesterday’s agreement between the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) marks a definite step on the road to peace. It is an occasion to be hopeful for the future and to strengthen our resolve to support this exemplary peace process.
As United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has highlighted, this historic bilateral ceasefire agreement demonstrates that through perseverance, dialogue and dignity it is possible to end a war which has affected so many women and men in Colombia.
Bogotá/Brussels | 23 Jun 2016
Havana, Cuba | AFP | Thursday 6/24/2016 - 01:17 GMT
by Alexander Grosbois in Havana with Alina Dieste in Bogota
The Colombian government and FARC rebels signed a ceasefire and disarmament agreement Thursday, one of the last steps toward ending a half-century conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people.
The deal puts a definitive end to fighting in Latin America's longest civil war, which has torn the country apart with shootings and bombardments in its coca-rich jungles and hills.
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at the signing of the bilateral ceasefire agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People's Army (FARC-EP), in Havana today:
Buenos días, es un honor estar con ustedes en este día tan importante para Colombia y para América Latina y el Caribe. Estoy muy complacido y agradecido de tener la oportunidad de disfrutar una vez más de la hospitalidad de Cuba.
Havana, Cuba | AFP | Thursday 6/23/2016 - 21:28 GMT
The signing of a definitive ceasefire between Colombia's government and the FARC rebels caps three and a half years of negotiations in Cuba and opens the way to sealing a once-and-for-all peace deal.
The ceasefire is the fifth of six major points to be agreed upon through the negotiations.
While the outstanding point has to do with how the final peace deal should be ratified, there are other questions that have yet to be resolved:
NEW YORK/ BOGOTA, 23 June 2016 – “UNICEF welcomes the signing today by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP), Colombia’s main armed opposition group, of a bilateral ceasefire and hostilities agreement to end the conflict in the country.
“Generations of children in Colombia have known nothing but war over the past 50 years. Thousands of boys and girls have been killed, injured, orphaned, forcibly displaced, recruited into armed groups, sexually abused and kept out of schools.
Havana, Cuba, 23 June 2016
The Secretary-General met today with the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos Calderón. The Secretary-General congratulated the Government of Colombia on the important agreement reached with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People's Army on a ceasefire and the laying down of arms. He noted that the agreement was a clear demonstration of the parties’ commitment to reach a Final Peace Agreement in the near future.
WFP Colombia launched the first multi-purpose cash based transfer project in the region to benefit women that suffered gender-based violence. Training activities on nutrition started with 60 women in Medellin.
WFP will assist women and their children in order to end the cycle of violence and food insecurity through their re-integration into society via sustainable income-generating activities.
Havana, Cuba | AFP | Wednesday 6/22/2016 - 20:58 GMT
by Alexandre GROSBOIS
Colombia's government and the FARC guerrilla force agreed Wednesday on a definitive ceasefire, taking one of the last steps towards ending Latin America's longest civil war.
The announcement heralds an end to a half-century conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people in the jungles of the major cocaine-producing country.
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Caritas Internationalis’ Colombia Working Group asks the European Union to maintain and strengthen its support for the Colombian peace process.
The EU has a key role to play to ensure the end of a conflict that has ravaged Colombia for almost 50 years, and from which too many are still suffering.
Monsignor Hector Fabio Henao, director of Caritas Colombia and a member of the Caritas Colombia Working Group, met last week with representatives of the European Union to discuss the role of the international community in the peace process.
On Wednesday, June 8, 2016, a landslide occurred in La Mansa near Carmen de Atrato. The National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) confirmed the death of 8 people; 30 are still missing. Search and Rescue responders from the National System of Disaster Risk Management worked all day Thursday and continued today.
GENEVA (13 June 2016) – The United Nations Working Group of Experts of People of African Descent today expressed alarm over reports of violence toward people of African descent in Colombia, and called on the authorities to take concrete and urgent measures to protect the Afro-Colombian communities in the country.
The expert panel’s call comes at a time when several Afro-descendant leaders have been subjected to intimidation, including death threats as they continue their campaign in favour of their territorial rights.
The Colombian government and FARC rebels have issued a joint statement stipulating that the final agreement on ending the conflict and building sustainable and long lasting peace in Colombia is to be deposited in Switzerland. The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) welcomes this statement. The FDFA has been providing specialised expertise for the negotiations between the Colombian government and FARC rebels.
June 6, 2016
The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today received the twenty-first semi-annual report of the Secretary General on the Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia (MAPP/OEA), which includes the main observations regarding the peace process that is underway in the country.