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Swiss Delegation Engages in Colombia’s Peacebuilding Efforts


The Swiss congressional delegation has arrived in Colombia to address issues including international cooperation and peacebuilding. Credit: Presidencia Colombia

The Swiss congressional delegation has arrived in Colombia to address issues including international cooperation, peacebuilding, and the protection of human rights. The meeting takes place within the framework of the commemoration of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Colombia.

The agenda includes meetings with key figures such as Luis Gilberto Murillo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and with senior officials in charge of peace talks, such as Otty Patiño, High Commissioner for Peace, Gloria Cuartas, director of the Unit for the Implementation of the Peace Agreement, and representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Swiss delegation’s cooperative program in Colombia

The participation of the European country in Colombian affairs dates back to 2001 and is driven by shared interests such as promoting democracy, mitigating climate change, and protecting the environment. Colombia is one of the few countries in the world where Switzerland maintains a presence of its three cooperation entities: the Secretariat of State for Economic Affairs (SECO), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and the Peace and Human Rights Division (DPDH).

The dialogue is part of the 2021-2024 Switzerland’s Cooperative Program, which aims to align Colombia’s current needs with its solid experience in international cooperation. Key areas of intervention include protection and access to basic services, promotion of peace and conflict prevention, regional competitiveness, and job creation.

The Colombian president recently traveled to Switzerland

Colombian President Gustavo Petro visited Switzerland on January 16 to participate in the World Economic Forum. During the visit, the focus was primarily on environmental topics, related to energy transition and economic decarbonization. Furthermore, through the rental of a venue named ‘Casa Colombia’, the government promoted tourism and foreign investment. Showcasing Colombia’s culture and gastronomy, the place served as a platform to publicize the country to forum attendees, featuring the motto “Colombia, The Country of Beauty” at the entrance.

The Swiss delegation will tour the regions that have benefited from the agreements and review progress on rural development projects. Switzerland demonstrates its commitment to Colombian challenges, as stated in the cooperation program document: “The general objective of Switzerland is to strengthen the institutions, communities, and civil society of Colombia on their path towards lasting peace through sustainable and resilient economic development, the reduction of inequalities, and attention to humanitarian needs.”

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