PEACE LABORATORIES IN COLOMBIA March 2006. EU COUNCIL DECLARATIONS ON COLOMBIA.
“The Council underlines the “EU’s objective to continue to cooperate closely with LA to promote our common values and interests, and to contribute jointly to peace and security, protection and promotion of Human Rights and the strengthening of citizens’ participation and democracy, social cohesion, sustainable development including the protection of environment and …..
COUNTRY STRATEGY PAPER (2002-2006)
“The EC’s main objective is to support Colombia’s search for peace. In this area, fithting against the main root-causes of the conflict such as marginality, inequality, social exclusion and exterme poverty are a priority”
RESPONSE OF THE EC
The CE in Colombia
Local Projects: 84 amounting M€ 118,9 M (80,4%)
1. Sentence T-025 (7 feb./2004): Reiterates that the State has not accomplished with its legal obligations of taking care of the rights of the displaced populations (Law 387/99).
2. Decree 250 (7 feb./2005): The Government establishes a guarantee framework for the adoption of the National Plan for the Integral Attention to Displaced population.
3. The “Acción Social” announces $ 5.1 billon to cover the Plan in 2006. That would be, an increase of 800% of the resources for this objective.
“Towards a Communitarian State”
The Plan outlines the construction of a Participative State that involves the populationin the completion of the social purpose; a managerial State that invests with effectiveness and austerity the public resources; and a decentralised State that privileges the regional autonomy with transparency. The social equity in the depressed areas will be promoted, through the promotion and support of the Regional Development and Peace Programs – PDPs.
The high indices of violence on all levels, disrespect of human rights, which prevent the achievement of a life with dignity in a peaceful coexistence.
A weak governability due to the absence of the State as regulator and articulator of what is public, as well as a fragmented civil society.
An excluding and non sustainable socio-economic development which continues to generate poverty and violence.
Instrument of support to local and regional dynamics
Social processes of participation and institutional strengthening
Implementation of projects and programs that arise from the base of communities as an answer to the armed conflict.
Political, cultural, social and economic transformations.
Collective construction of lasting peace conditions, based on a life with dignity.
Signature of FC
in MM as of 2005
III Laboratorio de Paz
MetaMethodology for the selection of Meta and Montes de María
Collectively built the conditions for a lasting peace and a peaceful coexistence, with the creation of conditions for more licit economic opportunities and social security for all the inhabitants.
Establish the initiatives of peace and “Alternative” local development, as a contribution to the construction of a transparent and efficient rule of law, promoting a lower level of illicit production and drug trafficking, plus a reduction in conflict and violence and an increase in reconciliation.
III Peace Laboratory
Geographic Component (Montes de María and Meta)
i). Peace and Human Rights: The strengthened and organised civil society constructs spaces and instruments for the respect and validity of human rights and peaceful coexistence with the institutional support.
ii). Participative good governance: The strengthening of the institutions and the democratic governance with citizens participation.
iii). Sustainable Integral Development: a sustainable socio-economic development that improves the living conditions or the poorest population, in harmony with the environment.
iv). Ethnic Groups: Forms of government, autonomies and cultures of strengthened ethnic groups, in order to face their vulnerability in front of the risks associated with conflict and increase their capability of participation on the different territorial levels from their plans of life.
v). Women, young people: Strengthened organisations which guarantee their participation, articulation and interlocution and by this, guarantee their rights.
It is a politic declaration from the EC and the Colombian Government of backing to these groups and networks of civil society and of rejection to all forms of violence against them.
Identification and construction of public Development and Peace policies with national, regional and local character, in order to attend the local causes of violence and violations of human rights.
(*) Includes TA services, studies, etc.