Paso Colombia will announce the partnership “A Network for Peace and Security in Colombia” at the UN75 Global Governance Forum, which will be held virtually on September 16 and 17, as part of the preparatory dialogues for the UN75 Leaders Summit.
A Network for Peace and Security in Colombia aims to promote the inclusive rural development of peasant economies in the country’s territories most affected by conflict, the presence of armed groups and crops of illicit use. It will also address the present challenges facing these territories like the increase of violence, the murder of social leaders and the effects associated to COVID-19, which invite us to invest in health, food security and local market consolidation. Based on a new form of governance that multiplies local collective intelligence, this partnership takes advantage of the assets in the territories, and generates synergies with existing programs and projects to scale them up, transforming their beneficiaries into project partners, changing the dynamics of commercialization, impacting productivity, strengthening local governance networks and territorial organizations, empowering women and youth, developing resilience to emergencies associated with the presence of armed groups, and providing an appropriate response to the spread of COVID 19. This partnership integrates the collaborative efforts of organizations that include the United Nations Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Sustaining Peace, Organization of American States, Swedish International Development Agency, Colombia Peace Fund, University of Notre Dame, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, International Youth Foundation, The Scaling Up Community of Practice, and One Earth Future Foundation’s PASO Colombia program.
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The work method of this partnership is based on working with the rural communities as partners of their own development, agreeing with them a Territorial Work Plan to integrate actions for sustainable production, market creation, the strengthening of production infrastructures, and collective entrepreneurship. The communities are paid to make this Work Plan come true while they learn new skills in the process. All of this in a framework focused on the renewal of the socioeconomic fabric, environmental protection and the empowerment of women.
This partnership will be presented in the Global Governance Forum Peace and Security Partnerships Track to Colombia´s ex-president Juan Manuel Santos, a member of The Elders and Nobel Peace Laureate. Former President Santos will be presenting the conclusions of this track at the UN75 Leaders Summit, planned for September 21 in New York.
The UN75 Global Governance Forum
One Earth Future Foundation and a group of other institutions is hosting the UN75 Global Governance Forum, designed to facilitate discussion on issues of critical importance such as inclusive rural development, peace building, human rights, climate change and gender equality. The Forum will provide a virtual meeting space to bring together organizations from around the world to develop innovative proposals to address these issues. It is gathering diverse entities from civil society, the private sector, philanthropic organizations, academia, and other institutions to join the global conversation initiated by the United Nations in the context of its 75th anniversary. The Forum’s goal is to forge the design and implementation of strategies to address the increasingly complex problems arising today and in the coming years.
Scalable Partnerships for the Future We Want
The UN75 Global Governance Forum is organized around four thematic pillars: Peace and Security, Sustainable Development, Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, and Climate Governance. Across them, plenary presentations and breakout groups will catalyze new forms of multi-stakeholder partnerships to develop proposals, scalable and replicable, that will contribute to fulfilling the official commitments of the UN75 Intergovernmental Declaration.