New York, 19 September 2022 (TDI): Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations met Gustavo Petro, the president of Colombia on Sunday.

In the meeting, António Guterres and Gustavo Petro discussed the Colombian government’s plan for strengthening peace and security. The government is putting in efforts to safeguard the rights of the vulnerable community to a safe livelihood away from violence.

Furthermore, they discussed the plans of the government to fight inequality for the sake of sustainable development. Gustavo Petro also explained how the government plans to address the issue of drugs in Colombia.

António Guterres said that the UN supports the efforts of Colombia in all the matters discussed in the meeting.

The United Nations and Colombia

Colombia has been a part of the United Nations since 1945. It joined just after the San Francisco Charter was ratified on the 5th of November.

In 1946, Colombia was chosen for the first time for a seat in the United Nations Security Council.

UN Mission in Colombia

On the 12th of April 2022, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia informed that the armed groups in some parts of the country are again targeting those communities victimized during the civil war, which officially ended with the signing of a historic Final Peace Agreement in 2016

The United Nations Security Council had sent a UN Verification Mission to Colombia to resolve that conflict.

The Head of the UN Verification Mission added, “Violence is also exacting a particularly high toll on indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities in the form of killings, displacements, and the increasing recruitment of minors.”

Along with these issues, Colombia has been facing rising child labor, sexual violence against women, and threats and violence against journalists.

United Nations has been working with the government of Colombia since 1945 to resolve the nation’s humanitarian crisis.

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