The peace process and challenges of implementing a peace agreement
The formal peace negotiations between the government of Colombia and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) started almost two years ago. Six issues were identified as points for the peace agenda: land reform, political participation, illicit drugs, the rights of victims, disarmament, and the implementation of the peace agreement. Several rounds of negotiations have resulted in agreements about the first three points; the rest of the agenda is still under negotiation in Havana, Cuba.
The complexity of the negotiations foreshadows an extremely challenging implementation process for the final peace agreement, not only for the government and the FARC, but for the whole Colombian society. The role of civil society groups and women will be particularly important. The international community; the United Nations, regional organisations and various governments and financial institutions will play a decisive role in supporting Colombia during the post-conflict implementation phase. It is widely expected that a peace agreement in Colombia will be beneficial for the well-being of Colombian society, for Latin America as a whole, for the relationship between the region and the United States, for international security, and for Colombia’s immediate neighbours.
Together with Cuba, Norway facilitates the peace process. Norway has been engaged in Colombia for some time, supporting former peace initiatives and helping to establish dialogues.
In this seminar Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende will present the views of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Experts on Colombia with engage in a discussion with the aim to provide insights into and analyses of the importance of the Colombian peace process and the challenges the implementation of a peace agreement will present.
Please register your participation to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 8 October
10.00 Doors open
Rev. Dr. Trond Bakkevig, Chair of the board, NOREF
10.40 The peace process and implementation challenges
Børge Brende, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs
11.00 to 13.00 Panel discussion
Mariano Aguirre, Director, NOREF
Professor Benedicte Bull, Norwegian Latin America Research Network, University of Oslo
Virginia M. Bouvier, Senior Programme Officer, U.S. Institute for Peace
Knut Andreas Lid, Head of the International Department, Caritas Norway
Jared Kotler, Peace and Development Adviser, Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Colombia
Christian Visnes, Country Director, Norwegian Refugee Council, Colombia