Peace in Colombia crucial step towards sustainable development, leaving no one behindJun 23, 2016
Statement of UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Jessica Faieta on the Colombia agreement
New York, 23 June, 2016 - The announcement today by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People’s Army (FARC-EP) of the important agreement on the ceasefire and the laying down of arms is of historic importance not only to Colombia but also to all of Latin America and the Caribbean.
The agreement shows the parties’ commitment to reaching a Final Peace Agreement in the near future, a key milestone for all Colombians, who will benefit from a lasting peace.
After 50 years of armed conflict that has left more than eight million victims and displaced over six million women, men and children, Colombians will begin paving their path towards a new era.
Peace is a crucial first step for sustainable development, especially for Colombia, one of the most biodiverse countries in the world.
Peace will enable considerable advances in the social, economic and environmental fronts while leaving no one behind.
Peace also opens space to consolidate democratic governance in the entire country—at the national and local levels—expanding access to quality public services and goods to conflict-affected women, men and children who have been excluded for over five decades..
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) congratulates all parties involved and continues committed to working with the Government and society so that all Colombians reap the benefits of peace, improving people’s lives and addressing the upcoming challenges and opportunities of a historic new era that is about to begin.