Posted on January 31, 2017 3:31 pm
Categories: Transitions

The Regional Challenges to the Implementation of the Peace Agreement — National Gathering Concludes in Bogotá (S)

The meeting was held in Bogotá January 30 and 31, and was sponsored by the Dialogues and Capacities for Territorial Peace Project. Land use and tenure, mining titles, the eradication of illicit crops and the safety and protection of social leaders were the central themes of the discussion between the territories and the national government that took place within the framework Of the forum “Regional Challenges to the Implementation of the Peace Agreement”.

The discussion involved different social leaders from the regions of Montes de María, southern Córdoba, Lower Cauca in Antioquia, southern Bolivar, Meta, southern Tolima, Cauca, Caquetá and Putumayo. For over one year, these leaders were trained in mediation and transformation of conflicts. Together with national entities, they analyzed the implementation of the Havana agreement and the road map toward building a territorial peace.

The exchange of ideas took place on the premise that the implementation of the Peace Agreement signed at the Colón Theater on November 24, 2016 between Government and FARC not only contemplates the FARC’s transit to demobilization zones but also includes the Participation of different national and territorial entities starting on from day D + 180. For that reason, the challenge is to start rebuilding the social fabric in the territories.  

For Diego Bautista, Territorial Peace Project Director of the High Commissioner for Peace, the country is entering a new stage that will be the implementation of what the concept of territorial peace means. “After working for more than two years in areas hardest hit by armed conflict, going from preparation to enlistment, we’ve started working on the implementation of the peace agreement,” he said to forum participants. El Espectador