Innovations in the Colombian Peace Process
Mariano Aguirre, Director, NOREF - Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center
Néstor Osorio Londoño, Ambassador of Colombia to the United Kingdom
Kristian Herbolzheimer, Director of the Philippines and Colombia Programmes, Conciliation Resources
Chair: Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House
With the signing of a ceasefire on June 23, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are close to a comprehensive peace agreement following nearly four years of peace talks in Havana.
In doing so, they have developed a number of innovative approaches such as a clear procedural distinction between peace negotiations and the peace process; positioning the rights of the victims at the centre of the talks; addressing the structural problem of rural development; creating a gender sub-commission; and planning for implementation long before the agreement is signed.
In a newly published report, the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center (NOREF) and Conciliation Resources have documented a number of these innovations. The panel will look at the findings of the report and discuss which innovations might provide valuable lessons for peace processes elsewhere in the world.