Happy New Year!

Dec. 31, 2014

Dear Readers–

As this year draws to a close, I am grateful for my health, a loving family, and supportive friends and colleagues.  I continue to be inspired by the work that so many of you and others are doing to make “peace on earth” more than just the words on a holiday card.

It has been a privilege to accompany and bear witness to the Colombian peace process.  The re-birthing of a society seeking to emerge from decades of war is no easy task.  Nonetheless, with two years of conversations at the peace table in Cuba on track, civil society engaging in conversations to define new paths forward, continued efforts to ascertain and accept responsibility for wrongs committed on all sides, and a unilateral, indefinite ceasefire in effect in Colombia since Dec. 20–precarious though it might be (see FARC’s “early warning” that “the truce is under siege” in Antioquia here)–2014 is ending on a hopeful note.

This year I will continue to monitor developments in Colombia and at the peace tables in Havana.  I  invite you to share your experiences, insights, and challenges, and welcome your feedback and ideas for improving my blog.

As many of us relax and continue to celebrate the new year, the peace negotiators, the various sub-commissions that have been established in Havana, and the international guarantors continue their work.  Stay tuned for updates and latest developments in my next blog.

In the meantime, I wish each of you a joyous new year and a renewed spirit.  May 2015 will find us closer to realizing our collective dreams for making the world a more peaceful and just place.  Happy New Year!

About Ginny Bouvier

Love reading, writing, thinking, and working with people to make the world a better place. Family and friends, yoga, travel, photography, perusing dessert menus keep me sane. Latin American enthusiast. Peace practitioner yearning for justice. Heading up the Colombia program at the U.S. Institute of Peace, but tweets and posts are my own.
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2 Responses to Happy New Year!

  1. Liss says:

    Hola feliz año nuevo recuerdas que estuvimos en el hotel Dann en Junio del 2014pues bien
    Ahora hago parte del Concejo Nacional de Paz el 9 de octubre el presidente Santos nos juramento en la casa de nariño.
    Cuando vienes a Colombia tenemos mucho por hacer y aportar al proceso de Paz y esto debe ser sostenible en el tiempo los que hacemos parte del CNP nos reuniremos el 26 de enero 2015. Se hablara del Plan Nacional de Desarrollo recursos con los que trabajara el país a nivel nacional
    Con aprecio Elisabeth Atis Orgullosamente indígena tel 3207689784. oficina calle 23 Numero 7-61 Ap 302 Bogota
    Gestora Social a nivel nacional de la Organización Autoridades Indígenas de Colombiano AICO


    • Hola Elizabeth–Sí, me acuerdo de ti. Felicitaciones por tu posición en el Consejo. Espero que este foro sea un espacio que puede impulsar muchas ideas e iniciativas para la paz y es sumamente importante tener tu voz allá. Estaré al tanto de la reunión el 26 de enero. Me gustaría saber cómo va y tus impresiones. Abrazo, Ginny


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