The United Nations Security Council visited Agua Bonita, in Caquetá, to gain insight into the community-based reintegration processes
9 February 2024. The United Nations Security Council continued its visit to Colombia today, stopping at the former Territorial Area for Training and Reintegration (TATR) of Agua Bonita, in the municipality of La Montañita, Caquetá, where around 500 people live, including peace signatories and local community, committed to the reintegration and reconciliation process.
In Agua Bonita, the council members learned first-hand about the productive initiatives being carried out. “Agua Bonita has been a very solid process with productive initiatives that offer former combatants and the community renewed hope in realizing the dreams they envisioned when they signed the Peace Agreement,” stated Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia.
Accompanied by the delegation of the national Government, the Governor of Caquetá, the Embassies of Norway and Cuba, the peace signatories and United Nations agencies, the Security Council acknowledged the achievements obtained so far in the productive development of the projects and listened to the expectations that the community has regarding their sustainability and the consolidation of Agua Bonita as a social and community focal point in the region.
The visit also included a meeting with HUMANICEMOS DH, a unique organization in the world, made up of people in the process of reintegration, engaged in humanitarian demining actions. Their work is an effort to bolster reconciliation, the reconstruction of territories and environmental sustainability.
Later, in Bogotá, the Security Council convened with representatives from various civil society organizations, who shared their insights regarding implementing the Peace Agreement. Voices from human rights organizations, academia, think tanks, churches, ethnic organizations, the private sector, victims, youth, and farmers were central to the discussion and ratified their commitment to building peace.
The day concluded with a fruitful meeting with representatives of women’s organizations, who presented their recommendations for strengthening their participation in implementing the Final Peace Agreement and other ongoing peace dialogues.