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)
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.
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.
H.E. Mr. Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
Minister of Foreign Affairs
H.E. Mrs. María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar
UN Ambassador of Colombia
María Emma Mejía Vélez