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High-Level Dialogue

The U.S. and Colombian governments have developed and formalized a deepened, multifaceted bilateral engagement through the U.S.-Colombia High-Level Partnership Dialogue – a forum which facilitates collaboration in a new and broad range of issues such as energy, science and technology, climate change and environmental protection, culture and education, social opportunities, good governance and democracy and human rights. 

This forum, headed by Colombian Minister of Foreign Affairs Maria Angela Holguin and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, first convened in Bogotá, Colombia in October 2010. The second session was held in Washington, D.C. in May 2011.

Recently, on Thursday, March 1, the United States and Colombia advanced the longstanding strategic alliance between the two countries at the VII U.S.-Colombia High-Level Partnership Dialogue held in Bogotá, Colombia. Chaired by Minister of Foreign Affairs María Ángela Holguín, Assistant Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon and Deputy National Security Adviser General Ricky Waddell, the Dialogue has been critical to deepening relations between Colombia and the United States since it began in October 2010. The Dialogue aims to advance and expand the U.S.-Colombia alliance, particularly focusing on five key areas: economic and social opportunities; education, culture and sports; energy; the environment; and democracy, good governance and human rights.

The following are examples of specific activities developed by the different high-level working groups:


Improve collaboration in the regulatory and technical development of alternatives to hydrocarbons such as shale gas and methane gas, creating synergy in initiatives within the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), sharing best practices in energy efficiency, and supporting institutional development in mining, particularly those related to security and control processes. 

Science, Technology and Innovation

Identify mechanisms for cooperation and strengthening capacities on scientific areas such as: health, environment, agriculture, earth, atmosphere and space.

Biodiversity, Environmental Protection and Climate Change

Promote work in various areas, including prioritization of actions in climate change adaptation, support for the development of information systems on matters such as fisheries and forestry, and strengthening of practices in integrated forest management, incentives to prevent deforestation, and the National System of Protected Areas, among others. 

Education, Culture and Sport

Encourage the advancement of joint interests through information sharing on best practices about the use of projects such as “training trainers,” increasing the number of exchange students between the two countries, and improving collaboration between Colombian institutions and community colleges in the United States, among others. 

Economic and Social Opportunities

Promote and share experience in entrepreneurship, productive efficiency, mobile banking, financial inclusion and secured transactions, among others.