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Department of Political Affairs

South America

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The Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are working towards ending more than five decades of armed conflict. In the Colombian capital, Bogotá, a Peace and Development Advisor (PDA) – deployed by the Joint UNDP/DPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention – supports the UN Country Team. The PDA brings together the UN’s political branch with the developmental UN agencies, funds and programmes operating in the country. Read more in a 2015 Politically Speaking story.
 
The importance of South America is highlighted by recent visits of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In December 2014, the Secretary-General visited Peru on the occasion of the COP20. In February 2015, he visited Paraguay; this was the first visit by a UN Secretary-General since Dag Hammarskjöld in 1959.
 
Mr. Ban also visited Chile in March 2015, where he attended a high-level event on “ Women in Power and Decision-Making ”, organized by the Government of Chile in cooperation with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women). Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is the former head of UN-Women. 
 
In 2014, the Secretary-General visited Bolivia, where he addressed the bloc of developing countries known as the Group of 77 (G77) and China, urging them  to work together to reduce poverty and inequality, while balancing the needs of the environment and addressing climate change.