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  • Official presentation of the Guidance Note of the Secretary General: "Reparations for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence"

    New York, August 1st, 2014. Ambassador Maria Emma Mejia and Head Director of the Unit for Attention and Reparation of Victims of Colombia, Paula Gaviria Betancur, participated as panelists at the official presentation of the Guidance Note of the Secretary General: "Reparations for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence".

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  • New York, June 10, 2014.

    On June 10, 2014, before Mr. Santiago Villalpando, Chief of the Treaty Section of the United Nations Division of Legal Affairs, Ambassador María Emma Mejía, presented the instrument of ratification to the amendment to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal of 22 September, 1995, in Geneva. With the deposit of this instrument, Colombia becomes the 79th State party of the Convention.

  • Candidate nominated by Colombia for first time was elected member of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    New York, 10 June 2014. The Seventh Conference of the States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities elected today among 21 candidates to Dr. Carlos Parra Dussán as a member of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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  • United Nations pays tribute to Gabriel García Marquez

    On Thursday, June 5, 2014, the Group of Friends of Spanish in the United Nations (GAE) paid tribute to the Nobel Gabriel García Márquez at the United Nations, New York. In this commemorative event, Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, John Ashe, President of the General Assembly, Ambassador Eduardo Ulibarri, President of CELAC

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  • New York, June 3, 2014

    Ambassador Maria Emma Mejia attended the Annual Session of the Executive Board of UNICEF, which included the participation of Queen Sofia of Spain, and also Mr. Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF.

    The Executive Board reviews UNICEF activities and approves its policies, country programmes and budgets. It comprises 36 members, representing the five regional groups of Member States at the United Nations. Its work is coordinated by the Bureau, comprising the President and four

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Latest Interventions


New York, April 29, 2014

Statement by H.E. Sra. María Emma Mejia at the Third Preparatory Committee to the Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)


Mr. President,

Allow me to congratulate you on your election as President of the Third Preparatory Committee. I and ensure you the full cooperation of the Colombian delegation in the efforts to promote the work of this Conference.

In 1986, Ixtapa (Mexico), the recently deceased Colombian Nobel of literature Gabriel García Márquez addressed the Meeting on Disarmament held in this city on the occasion of the commemoration of the 41 anniversary of the explosion of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima.

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New York, 25 April, 2014

Statement by H.E. Ambassador María Emma Mejia, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations at the Security Council, "Open Debate: Women, Peace and Security: Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict – Secretary General S/2014/181 13 March, 2014"


Ambassador Mejia point out that her country had faced many challenges after emerging from five years of armed conflict, emphasized that the global community should not tolerate the existence of a single victim, and must aspire for an end to armed conflict. Colombia had, through a 2011 law, developed a programme designed to help victims and survivors of sexual violence, with earmarked resources for compensation. The Government promulgated an institutional approach to provide holistic care for victims of violence in armed conflict and identify barriers to access for justice. Colombia's Defence Ministry had initiated a protocol for behaviour in armed conflict and created areas of protection to prevent the recruitment of minors. Those initiatives demonstrated Colombia's political resolve to deal with the phenomena of sexual violence against women in armed conflict so that all citizens could enjoy access to truth, justice and reparation.

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Juan Manuel Santos Calderon

H.E. Mr. Juan Manuel Santos Calderón

Maria Angela Holgin Cuellar

Minister of Foreign Affairs
H.E. Mrs. María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar

María Emma Mejía Vélez

UN Ambassador of Colombia
María Emma Mejía Vélez