Representatives from the 15 Member States of the U.N. Security Council will visit the country between February 7 and 11, at the invitation of President Gustavo Petro's Government, to follow up the achievements and challenges of the 2016 Peace Agreement, as well as peace talks with ELN guerilla and the self-proclaimed Central General Staff (EMC).
Bogota, February 5, 2024
From February 7 to 11, the 15 Member States of the U.N. Security Council will visit Colombia to verify the progress of the implementation of 2016 Peace Agreement with FARC, as well as the peace talks with ELN guerilla and the self-proclaimed Central General Staff (EMC).
This is the Security Council's third visit to the country, and the first after the extension of the United Nations Verification Mission's mandate, through the UNSCR 2673 on 11 January 2023, to verify and monitor the rural reform advance, the implementation of the Ethnic Chapter of the Peace Agreement and the ceasefire with ELN.
It will also be the opportunity for the Security Council to engage in dialogue with representatives of ethnic communities, to allow a comprehensive perspective of the National Government commitments to achieve a transformation on the territories, peacebuilding efforts and protection of life.
During this visit, the Security Council will meet peace signatories participating in reintegration processes, as well as Government officials leading the Peace Agreement implementation, victims, civil society, and members from other institutions.
“The U.N. Security Council visit is an expression of support and confidence on Colombia, as an example of global success, regardless of the difficulties", Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia said on statement to media.
The Security Council made 2 previous visits to Colombia, in May 5 and 6, 2017, to express support for the peace process and learn thoroughly about the implementation of the Peace Agreements, and a second visit, between July 11 and 14, 2019, led by the ambassadors of Peru, Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, and United Kingdom, Jonathan Guy Allen.
The representatives had the opportunity to visit one of the transition and normalization zones, to verify the successful reintegration of former combatants.
The UN Security Council established the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia (Verification Mission) in 2016, following a joint request for UN support from the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia–People's Army (FARC-EP).
The UN Verification Mission mandate is monitoring and verifying the laying down of arms and a definitive bilateral ceasefire and cessation of hostilities following the signing of a peace agreement between the Government and the FARC-EP in 2016.
The Mission head is Carlos Ruiz-Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Colombia.
The U.N. Security Council
The United Nations Security Council is one the six principal bodies of the United Nations, with authority to issue binding resolutions on Member States.
Five of their members are permanent: China, France, United States, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Russian Federation.
The 2024 non-permanent members are Albania, Brazil, Ecuador, United Arab Emirates, Gabon, Ghana, Japan, Malta, Mozambique, and Switzerland. Guyana holds the Security Council Presidency on February 2024.