International Seminar on Interculturality Truth, Justice and Intercultural Dialogue for Reconciliation

When, local time: 
Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 9:00am to Friday, 15 September 2017 - 6:00pm
Colombia, Cali
Type of Event: 
Meeting by Member States or Institutions
Andrés Morales,

The Pontifical University Javeriana of Cali and its dependence − the Institute of Intercultural Studies −, the Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers and UNESCO convene the 7th International Intercultural Seminar: Truth, Justice and Intercultural Dialogue for Reconciliation in Cali, Colombia, on 14 and 15 September 2017, organized with support from the Ford Foundation and the Solidarity Foundation of the University of Barcelona.

The Seminar will generate space to reflect and debate on building peace, territory, interculturality, territorial peace, transitional justice and reconciliation. Reflection, intercultural dialogue and debate will evolve around the fifth point of the "Final Agreement for the End of the Conflict and the Construction of a Stable and Long-Lasting Peace" in Colombia, with the presence of national and international speakers, and representatives from the communities, generating a dialogue between diverse groups around the subject.

Specific Objectives will be to:
• Identify the challenges and opportunities from the territories in the areas of Truth, Justice and Intercultural Dialogue, and the main axes to promote reconciliation.
• Promote the implementation of the Agreement for rural communities and victims.

The agreement to terminate the conflict with the FARC-EP, known as the "Final Agreement for the End of the Conflict and the Construction of a Stable and Long-Lasting Peace", is signed.

Based on this fact and knowing that the conflict has left a wounded society, it is important not only to think and recognize reconciliation as a fundamental act to create a new country that provides a stable and lasting peace, but really to observe what are those tools that could let us know what and how we can approach and make reconciliation a reality.

In this sense, the tool that offers the agreement and that is the field that transcends its political character is the fifth point denominated Integral System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Repetition (SIVJRNR). From this, the history of the conflict and those responsible for it, will be reflected. It is essential that communities take ownership of this system, understand it and make use of the fundamental principles, such as the participation of victims and truth .

The importance of this point of the agreement can be related to the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022), born from a necessity to establish new connections between cultural diversity and universal values and that reinforces the commitment of the states of fostering intercultural and interreligious dialogue and the promotion of understanding and cooperation in the service of peace.

In this context, UNESCO, the coordinating institution of the Decade within the United Nations system, has proposed intercultural dialogue as a way to promote peacebuilding and thus, reconciliation. This proposal is valuable in the Colombian context. Given the importance of the fifth point of the General Agreement, it is important to know the position of communities on the subject and how they consider appropriating its application and implementation. This is fundamental to build a bridge between the different jurisdictions in Colombia, and indigenous and transitional justice.