21 April 2008
Launching seminar in Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa - 30 May 2007
Eleven years after the signing of the Peace Accords that brought an end to 36 years of civil war in Guatemala, security is still a primary challenge for the consolidation of democratic principles and institutions.
UNDEF is supporting a project, implemented by the participating agencies of the UN system in Guatemala, - UNDP, UNAIDS, UNHCHR and UNICEF - which aims at strengthening the participatory process to further develop local synergies between communities and state authorities to address social violence.
This two year initiative is articulated on a threefold strategy which seeks to:
Launched a year ago, the project has achieved significant progress regarding its main goals:
Launching seminar in La Democracia - 30 May 2007
The first phase of activities focused on the setting up of the spaces
of dialogue in the three municipalities selected for project implementation:
La Democracia, Santa Lucią Cotzumalguapa and La Gomera.
Simultaneously, the state representatives' input has been sought through a series of political consultations. In each Municipio, an introductory seminar contributed to reinforce the political awareness of local authorities on participatory process to address social violence successfully.
Furthermore, partnerships with the local private sector, such as the sugar producers' association, were launched.
Meeting with the Vice Ministro de Gobernacion - 15 May 2007
The purpose of the spaces of dialogue is to enhance democratic dialogue
on violence prevention through a multidisciplinary approach including
health protection and human rights defense and focusing on vulnerable
groups of the society.
Currently, the project is concentrating on finalizing the production of educational materials to support the training program.