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October 2009

October 30, 2009

Firmado Acuerdo de Cooperación y Asistencia en Seguridad entre Colombia y Estados Unidos

Firmado Acuerdo de Cooperación y Asistencia en Seguridad entre Colombia y Estados Unidos

Bogotá, 30 oct (SP). Los gobiernos de Colombia y Estados Unidos firmaron el Acuerdo complementario para la cooperación y asistencia tcnica en defensa y seguridad.
El acuerdo se basa en el total respeto a los principios de igualdad soberana, integridad territorial y no intervención en los asuntos internos de otros estados.
Los ministros de Relaciones Exteriores, Jaime Bermdez; Defensa, Gabriel Silva; e Interior y Justicia, Fabio Valencia Cossio; y el Embajador de los Estados Unidos, William Brownfield, suscribieron este viernes el acuerdo en el Palacio de San Carlos.

October 19, 2009

The US is going to maintain economic pressure on narcotics traffickers centered in Colombia

The US is going to maintain economic pressure on narcotics traffickers centered in Colombia

THE WHITE HOUSE. Office of the Press Secretary. Press Release. Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1622(d), provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. In accordance with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the emergency declared with respect to significant narcotics traffickers centered in Colombia is to continue in effect beyond October 21, 2009.
The circumstances that led to the declaration on October 21, 1995, of a national emergency have not been resolved. The actions of significant narcotics traffickers centered in Colombia continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States and to cause an extreme level of violence, corruption, and harm in the United States and abroad. For these reasons, I have determined that it is necessary to maintain economic pressure on significant narcotics traffickers centered in Colombia by blocking their property and interests in property that are in the United States or within the possession or control of United States persons and by depriving them of access to the U.S. market and financial system.
BARACK OBAMA

October 16, 2009

Colombia Participates with 4 Films in the DC Latin American Film Showcase

Colombia Participates with 4 Films in the DC Latin American Film Showcase

 Free screenings at the Inter-American Development Bank, Landmark E Street Cinemas, GALA Theatre, Georgetown University, Martin Luther King Public Library, and at Embassies (Argentina, Chile and Venezuela)
Press release. The Ibero-American Cultural Attachs Association (AACIA), announces the 2009 DC Latin American Film Showcase with Portugal and Spain.   For 20 years the Cultural Attachs Association has been organizing successful film festivals and, this year, the free series will run from October 20 to November 7 in nine different venues throughout Washington DC.  More than 30 movies from 15 different countries will be screened at the Inter-American Development Bank, Landmark E Street Cinemas, GALA Theatre, Georgetown University, Martin Luther King Public Library and the Argentinean, Chilean and Venezuelan Embassies.
The showcase begins on Tuesday, October 20 at the Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center Auditorium with the Washington area premiere of the Brazilian film by Mauricio Farias - VERONICA.
In addition to recently released fiction films, the showcase includes the screening of documentaries and movies that offer a retrospective view of the history of Ibero-American cinema.  All films are in Spanish or Portuguese with English subtitles, unless otherwise noted.  

October 16, 2009

Presentación del Nuevo Documento Conpes sobre Política Integral Migratoria Colombiana

Presentación del Nuevo Documento Conpes sobre Política Integral Migratoria Colombiana

New York, octubre 15. La Nueva  directora del Programa Ministerial Colombia Nos Une Ximena Botero de la Torre,  se reunirá con la comunidad colombiana del área triestatal entre el  23 y el 25 de octubre  para presentar el nuevo documento Conpes sobre Política Integral Migratoria aprobada  recientemente por el  Congreso de la Repblica.
Estas reuniones que se realizaran los días 23 de octubre en Queens, 24 de octubre en Filadelfia  y 25 de octubre en  Elizabeth, serán de suma importancia, ya que la doctora Botero le explicara a la comunidad los  beneficios de  dicha política y la forma como los colombianos pueden hacer uso de ella desde el exterior. Adicional a este tema  explicara el programa Plan Retorno Seguro que busca darles asesoría a  los  colombianos que deseen  regresar al país.
A las  reuniones asistirán la Vicerrectora de la Universidad Abierta y a Distancia UNAD Claudia Toro, la rectora de la UNAD Miami Magdalena Pinzon, quienes vendrán a recoger las  inquietudes de  la comunidad, para con base en ellas trabajar en la elaboración de los programas de educación superior.
Por su parte  María Paulina Restrepo explicara el proceso para adquisición de vivienda en Colombia a travs del programa Mi Casa con Remesas y el Cónsul General de Colombia Francisco Noguera Rocha, finalizara la jornada con una charla sobre el proceso electoral que se  avecina en el  2.010
La charla del día  23 de octubre en Queens será  transmitida en directo por la Organización Colombia en Mi a travs de un canal de televisión (Broadcast). A esta transmisión tendrán acceso  todos los colombianos que quieran participar desde cualquier lugar del mundo. Las instrucciones para acceder a dicha transmisión serán enviadas en un próximo boletín.
Posterior a la transmisión, la Organización Colombia en Mí abrirá salas virtuales para la discusión del documento entre funcionarios de Cancillería y miembros de la comunidad que deseen participar.
Calendario de reuniones con la comunidad de New York, New Jersey, Pensilvania, Connecticut
Viernes Octubre 23: Queens
Horario: 6pm - 8:30pm
Lugar: Centro Cívico Colombiano
90-37 Corona Avenue
Elmhurst, Queens, New York 11373
Inscripciones: 718 699 4833
Sábado Octubre 24: Filadelfia
Horario: 11:00 am 2:00pm
Lugar: Restaurante Los Tacos, 5104 N 5th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19120
Inscripciones: (267) 258-2594
Domingo Octubre 25: Elizabeth
Horario: 10:00am a 1:00 pm
Lugar: Restaurante Escalona
1265 North Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
Inscripciones: (201) 342-6022
Para descargar el documento Compes 3603 hacer click aqui.
Si desea ver las agendas completas favor visitar: www.consuladodecolombiany.com

October 15, 2009

STATEMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT OF COLOMBIA

STATEMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT OF COLOMBIA

In response to the decision of the Justice of Ecuador involving the General Commander of the Armed Forces of Colombia in legal proceedings concerning the events of March 1, 2008, the Government of Colombia stated today that:
1. It does not recognize the extraterritorial authority of the Ecuadorian courts to investigate and prosecute former and current Colombian officials, as it was stated on September 24, in the Communiqu issued by both governments.
2. It will protect through all the available means any current and/or former Colombian official, facing similar circumstances and reiterates that the defense and safety of these officials is a State responsibility.
3. As has been stated in the roadmap agreed by the two governments, this issue should be handled in meetings devoted to sensitive issues.
4. Under these circumstances, the Government of Colombia proposed to postpone the next meeting of COMBIFRON scheduled for Friday, in Ibarra - Ecuador.
5. Colombia restated to the Government of Ecuador the need to find a solution to this problem in order to advance in the

October 15, 2009

Statement by Vicepresident Francisco Santos on children and armed conflict

Statement by Vicepresident Francisco Santos on children and armed conflict

Press Release. Ministry of Foreign Affairs. New York, 12 October 2009. Statement by Vicepresident on the occasion of the presentation of the United Nations Secretary General’s report on Colombia on the question of children and armed conflict 
Mr. President
Members of the Working Group
Madam Special Representative of the Secretary General for children and armed conflicts
UNICEF Director of Emergency Operations
On behalf of the Colombian State, I would like to thank the President of the Working Group, the Ambassador of Mexico, Mr. Claude Heller for the invitation to participate in this meeting, convened within the framework of the implementation of the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism provided for in Resolution 1612.
An objective that we all share, to which my Government attaches a fundamental priority, has brought us together in this meeting: strengthening the protection of children against the violations resulting from the violence generated by the remaining illegal armed groups in the country.
To achieve this purpose, it is essential to start with an objective diagnosis of the Colombian reality and a comprehensive understanding of the particular circumstances of violence that has swept through the country.
Colombia, as it is highlighted in the Report, is a democratic State built on the basis of a Social Rule of Law (Estado Social de Derecho), in which guaranteeing the respect and enjoyment of Human Rights is a main priority. Our country has the mechanisms for a wide and pluralistic participation under which people of all political tendencies enjoy full guarantees to freely exercise their rights.
In Colombia there is no justification for violence with alleged political goals, nor there support for violence exercised under any guise. Our democracy gives us the political authority to say that the illegal armed groups FARC and ELN, funded by illegal drugs, are not insurgents fighting against oppression, but terrorists against freedom. As President Uribe said a few days ago in the General Assembly, violent groups cannot hide their criminal intent or feign ideological positions that are denied by their deeds, and that have no place in a democracy like Colombia’s.
In order to confront the terrorist violence, we Colombians have supported since 2002 a series of policies implemented by the State, which have allowed to significantly reduce criminality all throughout the country, and have improved the conditions for security and protection for all persons, including children.
Among these, I want to highlight the Democratic Security Policy aimed at protecting the rights of Colombians and strengthening the rule of law and the democratic institutions that were previously under threat. The continuation of this policy, whose effectiveness is acknowledged by the international community, is a constant demand by Colombian society.
Another decisive process for the country in recent years has been the demobilization of more than 52 thousand members of illegal armed groups. In this manner, the self defense groups that used to exist have been collectively dismantled. In addition, thousands of members of the FARC and ELN have disarmed individually and have given themselves up voluntarily to the authorities. This process is taking place within the framework of a special piece of legislation for justice, peace and reparation for victims, and cannot be obstructed.
Colombia has structured institutions and makes enormous efforts to decisively advance the fulfillment of the rights of all its citizens. Furthermore, with this in mind, we do not hesitate in punishing those who from the State might commit individual acts that affect such rights.
This reality has been verified by the international community. Colombia has allowed both national and international scrutiny of all its actions. It maintains an open invitation to all international human rights representatives and mechanisms, both from the United Nations and from the Inter American system. We voluntarily accepted the Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review, and we welcomed most of its recommendations.
Mr. President:
Colombia expects that from the analyses conducted in this Working Group, constructive and applicable proposals and alternatives emerge that adapt to the national circumstances, which are clearly different from the other cases that have been examined here.
Taking into account this overall context, the Government values the recognition contained in the Report, regarding the actions and strategies led by the State, and the progress made in different fields that have had a positive impact on the protection of children. The Colombian State has assumed its primary responsibility for the protection of children that live in its territory, through the implementation of integral policies and the strengthening of the institutions that work in this field.
We have taken note of the challenges identified in relation to the six grave violations referred to in the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism. The Report illustrates the difficulty posed in guaranteeing Human Rights in Colombia, by the activities of the illegal armed groups FARC and ELNm and it also includes references to other criminal gangs dedicated to drug trafficking.
I must open parentheses here to clarify that the criminal gangs described in the Report as "new illegal armed groups" neither have a military structure organization, nor do they have the capacity to control territory. They are solely motivated by drug trafficking and organized crime. In that regard, the Secretary General of the OAS has made statements through the work of its Support Mission that has accompanied Colombia in the monitoring of the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration processes. The Secretary General stated before the OAS Permanent Council that these groups "have a criminal profile, and are closely (linked) to drug trafficking activities", making it clear that these gangs "are not related at all to paramilitary activities, which have disappeared from the Colombian scene".
Being outside the scope of the mechanism of Resolution 1612, the issue on these gangs is not, of course, an item that should be discussed in this Working Group. The transnational crime of drug trafficking is a global challenge for all countries including Colombia. Our State, in line with its international commitments to combat drug trafficking, has acted decisively to confront the phenomenon of these criminal gangs with encouraging results.
As for the activities of the FARC and ELN, the Government acknowledges the way that the Report reflects how these illegal armed groups, through criminal activities, prevent children in Colombia from fully enjoying their rights.
These terrorist groups have deliberately turned their violent and criminal acts against children by committing the six grave violations monitored by the Mechanism. The Colombian State has pursued and will continue to pursue decisively those responsible for such violations. These criminals must be prosecuted with the full weight of the law, and they must be denounced and censured by the international community.

Mr. President:
Colombia understands that the work of the United Nations is inspired by a spirit of cooperation that will provide the Colombian State with opportunities to continue to consolidate its institutional capacities and efforts towards achieving the best for the welfare of children. With this understanding in mind, we voluntarily accepted the Mechanism provided for in Resolution 1612.
In this context of cooperation, we believe that the recommendations of this Working Group could make a significant contribution to consolidating a partnership between the Government and the United Nations to forcefully demand that the illegal armed groups cease their acts of violence against children, including their recruitment and use. Likewise, to strengthen the cooperation in the actions that the democratic institutions of Colombia are implementing to restore the security and protection of all Colombians, including children.
There is one issue to which I want to make a frank and direct reference. The modality of direct dialogue between United Nations representatives and non-State armed groups that have been considered elsewhere, cannot be transferred to our country without putting at risk the coherence and continuation of processes that constitutionally are under the direction of the National Government.
Therefore it is necessary that all initiatives proposed within the framework of the Mechanism contained in Resolution 1612, not only take into account the context described above, but that they are properly channeled through the National authorities and with the prior and express consent of the Colombian Government, as provided for in the procedure agreed upon with the Special Representative of the Secretary General.
Colombia has demonstrated with verifiable fact the National Government’s readiness to have a dialogue with illegal armed groups, in search for opportunities of reconciliation, but it has demanded that this dialogue takes place under a cessation of armed activities by these groups and with a genuine demonstration of their willingness to reach agreements. Unfortunately, these groups, as mentioned in the Report, persist in their violent actions and show no reliable signs of wanting reconciliation. As the Report also mentions, the illegal armed groups "made" commitments more than a decade ago not to recruit children but have shown no intention so far of fulfilling these commitments.
Under these conditions, the formulation of action plans that do not take into account the context of the Colombian reality could prove disappointing. It is not acceptable to the Government, or to Colombian society that has been subjected to the criminal actions of these groups, that a likely dialogue be used by the same groups, as in past opportunities, to prepare new attacks against the population and its legitimate institutions, to obtain some kind of political recognition to their actions, or to weaken the policies that are being implemented with great effectiveness.
Rather than considering procedures that seek to endorse such terrorist groups as political interlocutors, the Monitoring Mechanism must strengthen the international pressure that is already being exerted on them to cease their violent actions.
Lastly, the Colombian State wishes to reiterate its commitment to make every necessary effort to guarantee the full enjoyment of Human Rights to all the inhabitants in its territory, in particular, the rights of children.
Based on this constructive spirit, the Colombian State expects that in its conclusions, the Working Group expressly registers the need to continue working together with the Government to find, as noted by the President of the Working Group in his letter of invitation, effective solutions of cooperation that positively benefit the enjoyment and exercise of the rights of children in Colombia.
Thank you very much

October 8, 2009

Colombia improved five positions in the Human Development Index

Colombia improved five positions in the Human Development Index

The country now ranks 77, climbing to the group of countries classified with High Human Development, according to the Human Development Report 2009, issued by the United Nations Development Program. The Human Development Index (HDI) measures the average achievements in life expectancy at birth, adult literacy rates and enrollment in different levels of education and dignified life in terms of per capita income and power purchasing. And is considered the best indicator to measure a country's development. The new scale, Colombia was very close to Brazil, which ranked 75. The best Latin American country is Chile located, since 44, followed by Argentina, 49th. Norway continues to lead the global honors. The Scandinavian country exceeds, in order, to Australia, Iceland and Canada. In the top 10 there are few changes compared to 2006, with the exception of France, passing the post 11 to 8, behind Sweden and ahead of Switzerland, Luxembourg while leaving the platoon. The countries that occupied the bottom three places in the HDI this year are, in this order, Niger, Afghanistan (including for the first time since 1996) and Sierra Leone respectively. In other words, a child born in Niger can expect to live just over 50 years, that is, 30 years less than one born in Norway. Moreover, differences in per capita income are enormous: each dollar of income earned by a person in Niger, earning U.S. $ 85 in Norway.Click here to download the complete report

October 8, 2009

APPREHENSION OF THE ALLEGED MURDERERS OF THE AW INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY MEMBERS

APPREHENSION OF THE ALLEGED MURDERERS OF THE AW INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY MEMBERS

PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY OF DEFENSE. Bogotá, October 6 (SP). The Ministry of National Defense informs that those responsible for the murder of 12 members of the Awa indigenous community on August 26 earlier this year were apprehended, thanks to the joint efforts of the National Police and the Office of the Attorney General. This result highlights the benefits of effective cooperation between the Ministry of National Defense, the Public Force and the judicial authorities.
A thorough criminal investigation led to the apprehension of three people, including the mastermind and the perpetrator of this heinous crime. These subjects were members of the band Los Cucarachos’, a criminal organization involved in drug trafficking, extortion and kidnapping.
The operation that led to the arrest was conducted by a special Life Area (rea de Vida) Group of the Dijin (Central Directorate of the Judicial Police and Intelligence) in the township of La Guayacana, Tumaco municipality.
The National Government appreciates the cooperation of the citizens, as it led to the whereabouts of the murderers, and has announced a 130 Million Pesos reward to those who provided such information.
The band Los Cucarachos’ and specifically those apprehended are currently under investigation for other massacres, kidnappings and extortions the Department of Nario.
Information that is still being verified indicates that at least one of the detainees was a former member of the Daniel Aldana’ group of the Farc.
COMUNICADO DE PRENSA MINISTERIO DE DEFENSA.  Bogotá, 6 oct (SP). El Ministerio de Defensa Nacional informa que como resultado de un trabajo conjunto de la Policía Nacional y la Fiscalía General de la Nación, se logró la captura de los asesinos de los 12 indígenas awá, (hecho) ocurrido el 26 de agosto pasado. Este resultado exalta los beneficios de la cooperación eficaz entre el Ministerio de Defensa Nacional, la Fuerza Pblica y las autoridades judiciales.

Despus de un intenso trabajo de investigación criminal, fueron capturadas tres personas responsables de la autoría intelectual y material de este horrendo crimen. Los capturados integraban la banda de Los Cucarachos’, organización delincuencial dedicada al narcotráfico, la extorsión y el secuestro.

El operativo de captura fue realizado por un grupo especial del rea de Vida, de la Dijin, en el corregimiento La Guayacana, Municipio de Tumaco.

El Gobierno Nacional agradece la colaboración de la ciudadanía que permitió dar con el paradero de los asesinos y anuncia que pagará una recompensa de 130 millones de pesos a quienes dieron información.

La banda de Los Cucarachos’, y específicamente los capturados, están siendo investigados por otras masacres, secuestros y extorsiones en el departamento de Nario.

Información en proceso de verificación sealaría que al menos uno de los capturados perteneció a la columna Daniel Aldana’, de las Farc. 
 

October 8, 2009

Fareed Zakaria interviewed President Alvaro Uribe on the war against narco terrorism

Fareed Zakaria interviewed President Alvaro Uribe on the war against narco terrorism

CNN. GPS FAREED ZAKARIA
Fareed Zakaria interviewed President Alvaro Uribe on the war against narco terrorism.
The interview took place during President’s Uribe last visit to the United States to attend the United Nations General Assembly.
Here is a link to the video of their conversation: Watch video

October 19, 2009

Se crea Comisión del Hemisferio Occidental de Política Antinarcóticos, de carácter bipartidista.

Se crea Comisión del Hemisferio Occidental de Política Antinarcóticos, de carácter bipartidista.

BOLETN DE PRENSA. Washington, DC. El jueves 15 de octubre el subcomit del Hemisferio Occidental del Comit de Asuntos Exteriores de la Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos EEUU se reunió para discutir la política de drogas de Estados Unidos en el hemisferio. Durante la sesión, se aprobó el proyecto de ley HR2134 que crea una Comisión del Hemisferio Occidental de Política Antinarcóticos, de carácter bipartidista.
La Comisión tendría el propósito de revisar y evaluar la política de reducción e interdicción de drogas ilícitas en países del Hemisferio, así como la política de reducción de la demanda en Estados Unidos y en el continente. Este proyecto, ingresó al subcomit en abril de 2009 y su proceso legislativo debe continuar en el Comit de Asuntos Exteriores, tanto en la Cámara de Representantes como en el Senado de Estados Unidos.
El Presidente del Sub-Comit del Hemisferio Occidental y co-autor de este proyecto, Congresista Elliot Engel (D-NY), afirmó que: La revaloración de la política contras las drogas ilícitas, ciertamente no significa el rechazo a los programas existentes, los cuales buscan reducir el abastecimiento de drogas ilícitas. Al contrario,  debemos continuar apoyando a nuestros amigos en el continente, así como ellos combaten los carteles de las drogas en sus propios países. Sin embargo, debemos hacerlo con objetivos claros en mente y de forma más holística y coordinada.
Esta iniciativa recoge la preocupación de varios congresistas, centros de pensamiento y la Administración con respecto a los resultados de la lucha contra las drogas. Muchos han coincidido en que para obtener mejores resultados en este campo e incrementar la seguridad en el Hemisferio, es importante desarrollar una estrategia más holística.
Esto va de la mano con la postura y acciones de Colombia. En repetidas ocasiones, el país ha invitado a los vecinos a trabajar como región en la lucha contra las drogas, y a entender que se trata de un problema complejo, que abarca producción, consumo, distribución, adicción y asuntos conexos. Como lo ha afirmado el Presidente Uribe, La lucha mundial contra las drogas es una responsabilidad comn y compartida, por lo que exige un enfoque multilateral, integral y equilibrado. Solo mediante los esfuerzos coordinados se podrán obtener mayores resultados, sostenibles en el tiempo.
Anexo: Proyecto de Ley, descargar documento aqui.

October 19, 2009

Puntos de inscripción de cdulas

Puntos de inscripción de cdulas

1. Estados de Washington D.C., Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia y Delaware Puestos de inscripción: La Embajada de Colombia en Estados Unidos, la Misión de Colombia ante la Organización de Estados Americanos y el Consulado General de Colombia en Washington. Los horarios de atención al pblico son: Embajada de Colombia en Estados Unidos (2118 Leroy Place, NW, Washington DC, 20008), en horario de lunes a viernes de 9:00 am a 1:00 pm y de 2:00 pm a 5:30 pm Misión de Colombia ante la OEA (1609 22nd st, NW, Washington DC, 20008), de lunes a viernes de 9:00 am a 4:00 pm en jornada continua Consulado General de Colombia en Washington (1101 17th Street NW, Suite 1007), de lunes a viernes de 9:00 am a 1:00 pmEl Decreto Ley 2241 de 1986 y la Ley 6 de 1990 sealan que el ciudadano en ejercicio sólo podrá votar en el lugar donde aparezca inscrita su cdula de ciudadanía, conforme al censo electoral, para verificar si su cdula ya está inscrita en alguno de los puestos de votación, puede consultar www.registraduria.gov.co 2. Estados: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania y ConnecticutPuestos de inscripción:- En New York existen cinco puestos de votación habilitados: Brentwood, Long Island; Manhattan (sede del Consulado General de Colombia); Port Chester; Queens y White Plains.- En New Jersey hay ocho puestos de votación habilitados: Atlantic City, Dover, Elizabeth, Hackensack, Morristown, Paterson, Trenton y Union City.- En Pennsylvania existe un puesto de votación habilitado en la ciudad de Filadelfia.Cabe anotar que el Consulado General de Colombia en Nueva York, de acuerdo con la circunscripción que le corresponde, inscribirá por primera vez a los connacionales residentes en el estado de Connecticut.Esta sede consular ha solicitado a la Registraduría Nacional del Estado Civil la autorización para la creación de un puesto de votación en este Estado y estamos a la espera de una respuesta sobre el particular. En caso de que la apertura del nuevo puesto de votación en Connecticut no se d y teniendo en cuenta que en las elecciones pasadas algunas personas residentes en ese estado inscribieron sus cdulas en el puesto de votación correspondiente a la ciudad de Boston, para las próximas elecciones de 2010 podrán seguir votando en Boston. Las personas que deseen cambiar su sitio de votación e inscribirse en las ciudades de Bridgeport y Danbury, podrán votar en el puesto de Port Chester, Estado de Nueva York.Para mayor información al ciudadano, puede consultar el Decreto Nmero 3903 del 8 de octubre de 2009, en el que encontrará información detallada sobre el proceso de inscripción de cdulas, así como la programación establecida por el Consulado General de Colombia en Nueva York para llevar a cabo las inscripciones.

October 19, 2009

Latin America: Time for Reform, Not for Complacency

Latin America: Time for Reform, Not for Complacency

Brookings. By Mauricio Cárdenas, Director, Latin America InitiativeOctober 19, 2009 Since the beginning of the financial crisis, Latin America has faced both challenges and opportunities. The region has dealt very well with the challenges, but still has to seize this crisis as an opportunity to make important reforms to solve longstanding problems.
A construction worker tightens steel bars at a residential apartment building construction site in Valparaiso, Chile.
It is evident that economic conditions in the region are already showing signs of improvement. Industrial production, housing construction, and consumer and business confidence levels are on the rise, relative to what happened in the first two quarters of 2009. With the exception of Mexico, the economic contraction is likely to be mild this year. In some countries, such as Colombia and Peru, positive economic growth in 2009 is still a likely possibility.
Why is Latin America overpeforming relative to the developed world? To a large extent this is the result of good policies, not good luck. What is remarkable about this crisis is the widening of the policy space in Latin America, meaning that governments have been under pressure to introduce measures that mitigate the effects of the crisis and, interestingly, they have had more policy options available than in the recent past.
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October 29, 2009

Canciller presentó documento Conpes de Política Integral Migratoria

Canciller presentó documento Conpes de Política Integral Migratoria

Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores. Oct 28 /09. Durante la presentación del Documento Conpes de Política Integral Migratoria, que se llevó a cabo en el Palacio de San Carlos, el Canciller, Jaime Bermdez Merizalde, afirmó que "el Estado debe tener una visión integral en cuanto al tema de las migraciones".
El Documento resume los lineamientos, estrategias y programas del Gobierno Nacional con el fin de potenciar el desarrollo de la población colombiana residente en el exterior y los extranjeros que viven en el país. Este programa de la Cancillería fue diseado por Colombia Nos Une, cuya coordinadora es  Ximena Botero de la Torre, y por el Departamento Nacional de Planeación.
La política aborda las diferentes dimensiones de desarrollo de la población migrante, así como las reformas institucionales necesarias para su correcta implementación. Además, es el resultado de diferentes procesos de concertación y análisis con las comunidades de colombianos residentes en el exterior y las instituciones del Estado encargadas del tema migratorio.
Tiene su eje de desarrollo en la defensa, protección y garantía de los derechos de todas las personas involucradas en los procesos migratorios y la creación de escenarios que beneficien la decisión de migrar bajo condiciones de libertad, en las que los ciudadanos construyan su propio destino con el acompaamiento y protección del Estado.
"Hoy el Estado colombiano cuenta con más herramientas para desarrollar una política más audaz, con mayor compromiso y esfuerzo para atender a las comunidades, así como para atender a quienes quieren retornar", sealó el Canciller.
Recordó que la Cancillería y el Gobierno Nacional iniciaron un propósito de disear una estrategia de política integral y que en este proceso han participado entidades nacionales, regionales, el sector acadmico como la Universidad Nacional, entro otras instituciones.
Aseguró que el Documento Conpes implica compromisos concretos y reales de las distintas entidades del Estado. "Este es apenas uno de los tantos pasos de los que hay que dar", agregó.
"Nosotros no teníamos la posibilidad, hace hasta muy poco, de que las familias de las personas que viven fuera de Colombia tuvieran atención de las cajas de compensación. Eso ya es un hecho", explicó el Ministro Bermdez.
Insistió en que es preciso trabajar mucho más en cómo ayudar para canalizar las remesas de los colombianos en inversiones y actividades productivas.
 

October 27, 2009

Our vision, Colombia in 2025

Our vision, Colombia in 2025

 This video reflects the deep transformation our country has undertaken since the beginning of the XXI Century.
This is the country we are building day by day

October 26, 2009

MinDefensa se reunió en Washington con el Secretario de Defensa de Estados Unidos

MinDefensa se reunió en Washington con el Secretario de Defensa de Estados Unidos

26 de octubre de 2009 - El Ministro de Defensa, Gabriel Silva, fue recibido esta maana en el Pentágono por el Secretario de Defensa de Estados Unidos, Robert Gates, con quien discutió temas como el fortalecimiento de la colaboración y el trabajo conjunto entre ambos países.El Ministro afirmó que sostuvo un diálogo constructivo y abierto con el Secretario Gates y su equipo de trabajo. Realizamos un análisis de la evolución del narcotráfico y el terrorismo, como asuntos de la mayor relevancia para la agenda de seguridad regional. Tambin discutimos programas e iniciativas que nos permiten ser más eficaces en la lucha contra estas manifestaciones del delito, dijo el Ministro Silva.Por su parte, el Secretario Gates reafirmó el compromiso de Estados Unidos con Colombia, manifestó su disposición a continuar trabajando de la mano con un país que ha sido un gran aliado de Estados Unidos, y anotó que se trató de un encuentro positivo, que permitió avanzar en los programas de cooperación entre ambos países.Gabriel Silva estuvo reunido con la administradora encargada de la DEA, Michele M. Leonhar, con quien discutió tambin la lucha contra el narcotráfico y los diversos programas que desarrollan ambos países.En la tarde, el ministro visitó el Cementerio de Arlington, donde presentó una ofrenda floral a la Tumba del Soldado Desconocido, como un sentido homenaje a todos los soldados que han caído en combate.La agenda del Ministro de Defensa continuará en Washington maana, con reuniones de alto nivel con funcionarios de la Administración, como el General James Jones, asesor del Consejo de Seguridad Nacional, con quien se encontrará en la Casa Blanca; y James Steinberg, secretario adjunto del Departamento de Estado; entre otros. Además, sostendrá un encuentro con formadores de opinión en el Diálogo Interamericano.Esta primera visita del Ministro de Defensa a Estados Unidos, permite continuar avanzando temas prioritarios para las relaciones bilaterales, fortaleciendo las iniciativas comunes de ambos países, y estrechando una relación valiosa, que ha mostrado significativos avances en las áreas de seguridad, lucha contra el narcotráfico y fortalecimiento de las instituciones democráticas, entre otros asuntos.

October 22, 2009

Colombianos residentes en Estados Unidos ya pueden inscribir sus cdulas para votaciones del 2010

Colombianos residentes en Estados Unidos ya pueden inscribir sus cdulas para votaciones del 2010

 A partir de Octubre 19 hasta el viernes 6 de noviembre está programada la jornada de inscripción de cdulas de ciudadanía para las elecciones del 2010 en Colombia. La siguiente es una guía que pueden seguir los colombianos que viven en Estados Unidos:
Cuándo puede el colombiano que vive en el exterior inscribir la cdula de ciudadanía para votar?
La inscripción de cdulas de ciudadanía de los colombianos que residan o se encuentren en el exterior se efectuará en el periodo comprendido entre el lunes 19 de octubre y hasta el viernes 6 de noviembre de 2009.
Cómo es el proceso para inscribir la cedula de ciudadanía?
De conformidad con lo sealado por el artículo 116 del Código Electoral, para validar la inscripción se requiere la presentación personal del ciudadano con su cdula de ciudadanía en cualquiera de las tres versiones (blanca laminada, caf plastificada o amarilla con holograma), o pasaporte vigente como nicos documentos válidos, la dirección de residencia del ciudadano y la impresión dactilar.
Quines pueden inscribir la cdula de ciudadanía?
Todos los colombianos, mayores de edad, residentes en los Estados Unidos podrán inscribirse para ejercer su derecho al voto en las elecciones generales del ao 2010. Para ello se llevarán a cabo jornadas de inscripción de cdulas en las catorce (14) áreas geográficas donde se encuentran habilitados los puestos de votación.
Cuáles son los puntos de inscripción?
1. Estados: Washington D.C., Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia y Delaware
2. Estados: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania y Connecticut
3. Los demás Estados serán siendo actualizados a la menor brevedad posible.
Para mayor información al ciudadano, puede consultar la página de la Registraduria Nacional , en la cual se encontrará información detallada sobre el proceso de inscripción de cdulas, así verificar si su cdula ya está inscrita en alguno de los puestos de votación de los Estados Unidos:  www.registraduria.gov.co.
Asi mismo puede consultar el  Decreto Nmero 3903 del 8 de octubre de 2009, en el que encontrarán información detallada sobre el proceso de inscripción de cdulas.
 
 

October 22, 2009

Documento Conpes será presentado a la comunidad colombiana residente en el exterior por internet

Documento Conpes será presentado a la comunidad colombiana residente en el exterior por internet

 (La transmisión será originada este viernes 23 de octubre, desde la  sede del Centro Cívico Colombiano ubicado en Queens, New York, a partir de las 6:00P.M)
Nueva York, 21 de Octubre. El Consulado de Colombia en Nueva York, tiene el gusto de invitar a todos los colombianos(as) residentes en el exterior a la PRESENTACIN DEL NUEVO DOCUMENTO CONPES, SOBRE POLTICA INTEGRAL MIGRATORIA  a cargo de la directora del Programa Colombia Nos Une, Dra. Ximena Botero de la Torre.
La presentación se hará  en transmisión directa (Broadcast) por el canal de televisión virtual de la organización Colombia En Mi, el día viernes 23 de Octubre de 2009 a partir de las 6: 00 p.m. desde las instalaciones del Centro Cívico Colombiano ubicado en  Queens, Nueva York.
Los links para acceder a los espacios virtuales desde cualquier lugar del mundo son:
Canal de televisión:  http://politicaintegralmigratoria.migrantesoy.org/politicaintegralmigratoria/TV.html
Página web:  http://politicaintegralmigratoria.migrantesoy.org/politicaintegralmigratoria/INICIO.html
Sala virtual: https://colombiasoyyousa.ilinc.com/perl/ilinc/lms/vc_launch.pl?activity_id=twptfmv&user_id=
Para ingresar a la Sala Virtual usted debe hacer un registro previo en el siguiente link: http://www.colombiasoyyousa.org/contactanos-frame-set.html,  inmediatamente siga las instrucciones que se generan automáticamente. Usted debe  ingresar a la Sala Virtual 20 minutos antes de iniciar el foro.
Para mayor información acerca de la transmisión vía internet, escriba  a: eventos@colombiasoyyousa.org o llame  a los telfonos (973) 320 4882 o (917) 344 9433 en Nueva York. 
Grupos en FACEBOOK:
Estados Unidos
http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=yurany&init=quick#/group.php?gid=16617356121
Colombia:
http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=yurany&init=quick#/group.php?gid=44870669869
 
Nota aclaratoria:
La transmisión en directo solo se llevará acabo el día viernes 23 de Octubre desde el Centro Cívico Colombiano en Queens. En los días posteriores al evento, la Sala de Conferencias Virtual de la Organización Colombia en Mi  servirá para llevar a cabo una serie de foros sobre el documento CONPES, con el fin de incluir a todos los colombianos residentes en el exterior.
Que es el Documento Conpes?
El documento CONPES expone los lineamientos, estrategias y programas del Gobierno Nacional con el fin de potenciar el desarrollo de la población colombiana residente en el exterior y los extranjeros que viven en el país. La política aborda las diferentes dimensiones de desarrollo de la población migrante, así como las reformas institucionales necesarias para su correcta implementación. En l, tambin se describen los productos, actividades, presupuesto asociado y recomendaciones que serán ejecutadas para el cumplimiento de los lineamientos de política previamente propuestos. Descargar aqui documento completo
Durante la presentación del Documento Conpes, tambin serán expuestos los siguientes puntos:
- El Programa PLAN RETORNO SEGURO, el cual busca dar asesoría a los colombianos que deseen regresar al país.
- El Proceso para la adquisición de vivienda en Colombia a travs del programa MI CASA CON REMESAS, a cargo de la Dra. María Paulina Restrepo directora de este programa.
- La presentación de la UNIVERSIDAD ABIERTA Y A DISTANCIA UNAD que tiene el objetivo de recoger inquietudes y generar proyectos para elaboración de programas de educación superior en los Estados Unidos, a cargo de la Vicerrectora Claudia Toro.
- Explicación del PROCESO ELECTORAL 2010 EN EL EXTERIOR, a cargo del Cónsul General de Colombia en Nueva York, Dr. Francisco Noguera Rocha.

Calendario de reuniones con la comunidad del rea Triestatal
Octubre 23,24 y 25
Queens:
Viernes Octubre 23
 Horario: 6pm - 8:30pm
Lugar: Centro Cívico Colombiano
90-37 Corona Avenue. Elmhurst, Queens, New York 11373
Inscripciones: 718 699 4833

Filadelfia:
Sábado Octubre 24
Horario: 11:00 am 2:00pm
Lugar: Restaurante Los Tacos, 5104 N 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19120
Inscripciones: (267) 3386768
 
Elizabeth:
Domingo Octubre 25
Horario: 10:00am a 1:00 pm
Lugar: Restaurante Escalona
1265 North Broad Street. Elizabeth, NJ 07208
Inscripciones: (201) 342-6022
 

October 21, 2009

In 'Insomnio,' Nothing Gets Lost in Translation

In 'Insomnio,' Nothing Gets Lost in Translation

Spanish-Language Satire Deals With Cross-Cultural Issues
By Celia Wren. If only all last-minute fixes were as satisfactory as "El Insomnio Americano (The American Insomnia)."
When travel complications recently derailed a scheduled visit by a Colombian production, the 12th International Festival of Hispanic Theater, in Arlington, was in need of a new opener. Teatro de la Luna, which stages the annual cultural smorgasbord, lucked out by snagging Saulo García's "Insomnio," a Spanish-language solo show that's sly, funny, varied, spiffily produced and -- as if that weren't enough -- topical.
A Colombian living in Miami, García has a good-humored stage presence that's irresistible, even if you don't instantly understand every word coming out of his mouth. Performances of "Insomnio" (which continues through Saturday) and of other upcoming productions in the festival (which runs through Nov. 21) feature live English-language dubbing for Anglophone theatergoers. On opening night of "Insomnio," the gales of laughter that erupted regularly in the house occasionally made the dubbing hard to hear -- particularly during García's frequent bouts of improvisational audience-ribbing. But his animated face is so readable and fun to watch, and his vocal inflections so informative, that ticket holders stranded in the lingo of Shakespeare will have little trouble rolling with the moment.
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October 20, 2009

Letter from Ambassador Carolina Barco to Congressmen McGovern and Wolf

Letter from Ambassador Carolina Barco to Congressmen McGovern and Wolf

Please find here a copy of the letter sent by Ambassador Carolina Barco to Congressmen McGovern and Wolf regarding the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing to be held today.
"We are convinced this hearing offers a chance to highlight the progress we are making in the midst of a very complex environment, and the possibility to discuss ways to further the objective we all have of achieving peace in Colombia. This letter underscores the initiatives, achievements and commitment of the Government of Colombia regarding the protection of vulnerable populations, including Human Rights Defenders. As stated in the letter, the Colombian Government, from the President down, and all other State Institutions, recognize the fundamental role played by human rights advocates in strengthening democracy, freedom and the rule of law as well as in promoting and seeking respect for human rights.

October 20, 2009

STATEMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT OF COLOMBIA

STATEMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT OF COLOMBIA

Bogota, October 19, 2009 (SP). The President of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe Velez, stated today that:
The Vice President of Colombia, Francisco Santos, is a citizen of strong moral integrity, whose work has always been exemplary.  Our country is familiar with the leadership of the Vice President in the defense and promotion of human rights, and his unparalleled effort to end the scourge of kidnapping of which he was once a victim.

Statement by Vice President Francisco Santos Calderón:
Regarding the decision of the Deputy Attorney General's Office to re-open its investigation, Vice President Santos declared:
1. I respect the decision of the Deputy Attorney General and express my willingness to cooperate in any investigation. I would have preferred to be notified of such a decision instead of leaking the news in a way that is intended to cast doubt on my character and reputation, and that of the Government which has fought relentlessly against paramilitarism and has jailed paramilitary leaders.
2. I urge a prompt and effective investigation, which rules once and for all that these allegations are baseless, and ends the perpetuation of slander by those who are more interested in discrediting the Government than in the right of both victims and the country to learn and acknowledge the truth.
3. I request that the statements made by Salvatore Mancuso and Freddy Rendon before the Attorney-Delegate to the Supreme Court, leading to the re-opening of the investigation, are made available to the public.
4. My life as a journalist and as Vice President has been public. I have never been a friend or defender of drug traffickers, paramilitaries, guerrillas or corrupt persons. My commitment has always been to the truth, the institutions of peace and reconciliation, and to those affected by corruption and violence. I am hurt and surprised to learn that those who know my background and principles can believe that I could have backed the formation of a paramilitary unit anywhere in the country.
 

October 7, 2009

Textile Interests Support Colombian FTA

Textile Interests Support Colombian FTA

TEXTILE WORLD. By James A. Morrissey, Washington Correspondent. Although congressional ratification of the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has been held up for more than year over concerns about rampant crime and labor abuses, the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) says Colombia has cleaned up its act and the pact should be approved. In a letter to the chairman of the US Trade Representative's Trade Policy Staff Committee, NCTO Vice President Michael S. Hubbard said members of his association who have worked in Colombia for years through selling offices and joint ventures say they have witnessed the gains Colombia has made with regard to protection of Colombian workers' fundamental rights and "an extraordinary reduction in violence in the country." He also underscored the importance of more liberal trade with Colombia to the US textile industry.Read Article