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14-Oct-2020 00:02:24
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, told the Security Council that “there have been historic and undeniable achievements” in the implementation of the Colombia Peace Agreement, “but enormous challenges still remain.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 14 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Aerial shot, exterior UN Headquarters

14 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Colombia:
“There have been historic and undeniable achievements along the way, but enormous challenges still remain. A continued commitment by the parties to the implementation of the Agreement is required, as well as the active participation of Colombian State entities and civil society to ensure that the achievements are built upon and truly sustainable.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Colombia:
“The decision by what was the largest armed group in the country to lay down its weapons voluntarily has contributed significantly to the overall reduction of violence since the signing of the Peace Agreement. Unfortunately, some of the areas that suffered immensely during the conflict continue to be besieged by violence from other actors who continue attacking social leaders, human rights defenders, former combatants and entire communities. Recent massacres in various departments have served as a painful reminder of how innocent civilians, including young people, are falling victim to the actions of these groups.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Colombia:
“The Colombian peace process demonstrates the value of ensuring the meaningful participation of women and the importance of taking into account both how women have been affected by conflict and, even more importantly, how they can contribute to conflict resolution. Challenges still remain in terms of improving security for women social leaders and human rights defenders, ensuring a more robust participation of women former combatants in reintegration efforts, and addressing the scourge of sexual and gender-based violence, which has seen an upsurge during the pandemic.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Claudia Blum de Barberi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Colombia:
“I want to emphasize the priority given by the government to women’s participation in the Peace with Legality policy, including in decision-making, implementation and as beneficiaries. Fifty-one gender indicators of the implementation plan show that more than 870,000 women have been benefited with its actions.”
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The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, today (14 Oct) told the Security Council that “there have been historic and undeniable achievements” in the implementation of the Colombia Peace Agreement, “but enormous challenges still remain.”

Presenting the Report of the Secretary-General on the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Ruiz Massieu said, “a continued commitment by the parties to the implementation of the Agreement is required, as well as the active participation of Colombian State entities and civil society to ensure that the achievements are built upon and truly sustainable.”

The Special Representative said the decision by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARCs) to lay down its weapons voluntarily, “has contributed significantly to the overall reduction of violence since the signing of the Peace Agreement.” Unfortunately, he added, “some of the areas that suffered immensely during the conflict continue to be besieged by violence from other actors who continue attacking social leaders, human rights defenders, former combatants and entire communities.”

Ruiz Massieu said, “the Colombian peace process demonstrates the value of ensuring the meaningful participation of women and the importance of taking into account both how women have been affected by conflict and, even more importantly, how they can contribute to conflict resolution.”

He stressed that “challenges still remain in terms of improving security for women social leaders and human rights defenders, ensuring a more robust participation of women former combatants in reintegration efforts, and addressing the scourge of sexual and gender-based violence, which has seen an upsurge during the pandemic.”

For her part, Colombia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Claudia Blum de Barberi emphasized “the priority given by the government to women’s participation in the Peace with Legality policy, including in decision-making, implementation and as beneficiaries. Fifty-one gender indicators of the implementation plan show that more than 870,000 women have been benefited with its actions.”
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