Dec. 31, 2014
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!