Berlin, 18 June 2023 (TDI): The Foreign Minister of Columbia, Álvaro Leyva Durán, met with ambassadors of Colombia in Europe. The purpose of the meeting was to share guidelines, updates, and progress of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The meeting aimed to discuss key issues that the ministry seeks to promote through its diplomatic representations worldwide. These issues include foreign policy with a gender approach, non-repetition in the construction of Total Peace, and more. 

The meeting was attended by officials from a variety of backgrounds and levels of experience. It included 14 ambassadors, six business managers, and two permanent representatives.

It allowed officials to showcase their achievements and milestones. It also facilitated discussions on addressing concerns and coordinating strategic matters on the international agenda. 

Key Discussions

The working meeting was honored by the presence of Mines Minister Irene Velez and Commerce Minister Germán Umaña.

They shared valuable insights on various topics such as energy transition, reindustrialization, investment, and tourism promotion policies. Additionally, they actively engaged with the heads of missions, addressing their inquiries and concerns.

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Foreign Minister Álvaro Leyva, along with Vice Ministers Francisco Coy and Elizabeth Taylor Jay, spearheaded the alignment exercise during the meeting.

The exercise aimed to inform senior officials about the budget allocation designated for the expansion of the Foreign Ministry.

This expansion will further strengthen their efforts to achieve the goals outlined in the National Government Plan “Colombia, World Power of Life.”

Cooperative Work with Europe

The meeting highlighted the cooperative work being carried out with the European continent, with financing provided for 948 peace projects worth over 334 million dollars.

Additionally, 36 bilateral cooperation projects focused on climate change have received contributions exceeding 118 million dollars, while 12 projects promoting renewable energies have been supported with contributions totaling 10 million dollars.

These resource allocations by European countries signify their commitment to supporting the consolidation of Total Peace.

Promoting gender-inclusive foreign policy

President Gustavo Petro and Foreign Minister Leyva have placed a high priority on addressing gender issues in their agenda. They actively advocate for the rights of women and other individuals within the community, both in bilateral and multilateral forums.

Through the establishment of clear objectives, the Foreign Ministry remains dedicated to fulfilling its commitment to the Government of Change. Their efforts focus on defending and ensuring the human rights of women, youth, girls, and other individuals within society.

The ministry is incorporating a comprehensive gender approach, aligning with international agendas, such as Goal 5 for Sustainable Development and UN Security Council Resolution 1325.

Non-repetition, the key to Total Peace

The meeting also provided insights into efforts concerning non-repetition. This included the act of recognition with Salvatore Mancuso, a demobilized leader of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, and other initiatives aimed at non-repetition, all of which contributed to the consolidation of Total Peace in the country.

Salvatore Mancuso

Salvatore Mancuso, a former leader of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), has acknowledged his role in the human rights violations committed by the paramilitary group during Colombia’s armed conflict. This recognition signifies a crucial step towards accountability and preventing the recurrence of such abuses.