Tuesday 6th December 2016, 12.30-14.00h, Sheikh Zayed Centre

FAO´s role in supporting the implementation of the Comprehensive Rural Reform for the realization of peace in Colombia

Joint Side Event SP1, SP3, SP5 and IR-2 (RLC)

Relevance to the Council’s Agenda:

The event raises awareness on territorial rural development and food security in a post-conflict setting. The event will address issues of sustainable management of natural resources, the implementation of the voluntary guidelines to improve land governance for food security and nutrition, land conflict resolution, employment generation strategies under high-biodiverse environments, territorial-food security systems, social protection, and inclusive markets for a poverty reduction strategy as part of the core of both Council and Peace Agreements in Colombia.

FAO has played an important role in supporting the Colombian Government in the implementation of comprehensive rural development. Along with the European Union and civil society organizations, FAO has been asked by the Government to help implement the Peace Accord 1 regarding the Comprehensive Rural Reform. While the peace accord was not approved in the recent plebiscite, integrated rural reform remains as a priority government policy.

The session will discuss the content of the Comprehensive Rural Reform (that was part of the Peace Agreement 1), strategies to promote comprehensive rural development and the role of FAO and other partners in supporting this process and scaling up ongoing related initiatives, with a view to strengthening the link between peace and food security. Consequently, the discussion will focus on the following themes:

  1. Access to land and tenure security and their relevance to build the nueva ruralidad in Colombia, particularly to strengthen family agriculture and ultimately, promote food security.
  2. The integration of the Voluntary Guidelines into the new policy and institutional framework regarding land, forests and fisheries to promote the Comprehensive Rural Reform, including the strengthening of the National Land Agency.
  3. How the international community (i.e. the UN system, donors and partners) can effectively contribute to the development of the Comprehensive Rural Reform and of territorial development plans and ultimately, to strengthening peace in Colombia.

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Chair: Mr. J. Graziano da Silva, Director-General

12:30 - 12:35

Introductory remarks by the Chair, J. Graziano da Silva, Director-General

12:35 – 12:40

Presentation on the Peace Process in Colombia and the Comprehensive  Rural Reform, by the  Ambassador of Colombia to Italy.

12:40 – 12:45

Remarks by Ambassador Jan Tombiński, Permanent Representative of the Delegation to the European Union

12:45 – 12:55

Screening of video on the implementation of the VGGT in Colombia

12:55 – 13:15

Keynote presentation: “Scaling up comprehensive  rural development initiatives: the implementation of the VGGT to promote peace and food security” by Mr. Rafael Zavala, FAO Rep.  Colombia

13:15 - 13:20

Cesar Jerez, ANZORC, Colombia

13:20 – 13:25

Remarks by Ms. Marcela Villarreal,  Director, OPC

13:25 – 13:55

Questions, comments from the floor, comments from the podium

13:55 – 14: 00

Wrap up by the Chair


Responsible Officers:

Rodrigo Castañeda (OPCP), Benjamin Davis (SP3), Javier Molina (OPCL), Adoniram Sanches (RLC)

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