Peace strategy advances
The role of the corporate sector in the peace agreement
David Cortright, head of Political Studies and of the Peace Accords Matrix at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame University, USA, met with several of the country's businessmen and entrepreneurs to discuss the role that the corporate sector plays in the implementation of the peace accords.
On account of the recent signing of the peace accords between the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP group, the Institute is tasked with monitoring and tracking the implementation of the agreements set forth in Colombia. Furthermore, it tracks the implementation of over 30 peace accords through the Peace Accords Matrix, the largest database in the world regarding the implementation of comprehensive peace accords.
David Cortright is renowned as an academic and an expert in peace studies; he is the author and co-author of over 19 books related to conflict and the construction of peace. Throughout his lengthy professional history he has led public mobilization processes in favor of peace, and has worked as an adviser to several countries and international bodies, including the United Nations, the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict and The International Peace Academy.
His lecture was organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá, jointly with the Ideas for Peace Foundation and the Global Pact's Business Network.
Corporate contribution to the transitional justice
In the context of a private dialogue session, enterprise leaders, small and mid-size entrepreneurs, academics and legal advisers contributed their inputs, proposals and thoughts about the role the sector plays in the transitional justice mechanisms to be implemented in the coming months.
The exercise was held on August 16th, 2017, with a summoning from the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá (CCB) and the Institute for Integral Transitions (IFIT).
The session was dubbed "Inputs from entrepreneurs on transitional justice" and it is an important part of the construction of a propositional action agenda whose purpose it is to ensure a fair and adequate implementation of the different transitional justice mechanisms, specifically the Truth-Finding Commission and the Special Jurisdiction for Peace.
“Adaptation to the urban transitions in Colombia - Bogotá in the post-conflict stage”
A meeting of subject-matter experts was held on June 28th at the CCB's Chapinero facilities, in the context of the project dubbed "Adaptation to the urban transitions in Colombia - Bogotá in the post-conflict stage". Participants to the event included Héctor Olimpo Espinosa Oliver, Interior Vice-Minister for public relations; Juan Carlos Retrepo, Presidential Security Adviser; Lucas Uribe Lopera, Reintegration Program Director at the Agency for Reincorporation and Normalization; as well as other representatives from the City and the CAF, among others.
As a result of this meeting, new agreements were reached regarding the challenges in safety and urban development in the new Colombian context, as well as regarding the strategies, tools and cooperation between institutions towards urban security.
2017 Inaugural Academic Conference
Colombia's future, social justice and the economy
Close to 1.000 people heeded the invitation extended by the University of El Rosario: to rethink the country's future in terms of social justice and the economy. In this event, Colombia stood under the critical and assessing view of students academics and public and private stakeholders.