Colombia is the most densely biodiverse per square kilometer country of the seventeen megadiverse countries. With territory in the Amazon Rainforest to both a Caribbean and Pacific coastline the natural wonders alone are reason enough to visit this country. Like much of South America, Colombia has had a turbulent history with strong European influences, as well as military dictatorships, and low intensity armed conflict with guerrilla groups. In the 21st century Colombia has made significant changes and its process to peace is a fascinating saga for sociologists and domestic politicians alike.
3 places to visit in Colombia
LA GUAJIRA PENINSULA
Did you know?
Bogota is the highest capital city in the world
The government not only tolerates graffiti, but also encourages and sponsors street art
Bogota has the largest bicycle path network in South America with more than 300km
One out of every five butterfly species is found in Colombia
Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world
Colombia only has summer; because there is no winter near the equator, it has sunlight throughout the year
From Inception to Implementation
Colombia and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
10-Day Faculty-Led Program in Bogota Colombia
The United Nations began to draft the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2012, to establish the next set of goals to be accomplished by the year 2030 following the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The drafting of the SDGs required a close study of the shortfalls of the MDGs and to develop alternative collective action strategies for the eradication of hunger and poverty worldwide. Through a series of working group discussions amongst relevant stakeholders, 17 goals were agreed upon.
In February 2015, before the goals were finalized and approved in September Colombia created the: Inter-Agency Commission for the Preparation and Effective Implementation of the Post- 2015 Development Agenda and the SDGs, hereafter the Inter-Agency Commission and put forward the first proposal for the for the SDGs. Their early adoption and initiative was highly influential in the initial discussions and formulation of the SDGs.
In this program students will have the opportunity to visit a country that served not only as a pioneer and leader in the region but also meet with officers directly related to the implementation of the SGDs and the National Development Plan in Colombia from government offices to non-governmental bodies such as think tanks as well as private sector entities and international organizations. Not only will these meetings discuss Colombia’s beginning but also its current status and progress related to the implementation of the SDGs in the country.
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DAY 9: Visit United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Office in Bogotá
The SDGs are a global effort spearheaded by each country under the auspices of the United Nations. Visit the offices of the United Nations Development Programme which is directly involved in the monitoring and evaluation of countries progress and offers international support.
DAY 6: Visit to National Planning Department
The National Planning Department historically has been the department which defines the country’s developmental and economic strategies, among others. In 2015 the SDGs were assimilated into these plans and students will have the chance to visit one of the epicenters in the country focusing on the Colombian strategy of development.
DAY 4: National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE) Panel
DANE is a member of the Inter-Agency Commission, in this session speakers will speak about the indicators they have chosen to measure the country’s progress, not only as to why they were chosen but how they are being measured and reported. They will also speak to the inclusion of Big Data in analytics and the benefits and insights such information can provide.
A 12-Day Faculty-Led Program
in Bogotá, Colombia
Since 1964 Colombia has been in continued armed conflict domestically. FARC, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People's Army, is a guerrilla movement which at its inception was a Marxist-Leninist movement. While there are other similar groups in the country the FARC has historically been the strongest, largest and most problematic for Colombia.
In 2012 tentatives talks began between the Colombian government and FARC often through intermediaries. It was a more than four year process with negotiations back and forth on both sides with the culmination in November 2016 of the signing of a historic peace deal by the president of Colombia and the FARC Leader Timochenko. In this program students will study closely the negotiations speaking with individuals and organizations directly involved in the negotiation processes.
Peace Processes in the Modern Age
Colombia’s Reintegration of Anti-Governmental Groups
A 14-Day Faculty-Led Program
in Bogotá and Cali, Colombia
One visit to Bogotás Museo del Oro will have students believing in the mythical city of El Dorado. With the wealth and quantity of artifacts collected in this space it is no wonder that explorers and adventurers were searching the country for a city of gold.
During this program students will have the opportunity to visit not only the collection but two sites where some of these same artifacts were found. The first site being the National Archeological Park of Tierradentro. The second visit will be to the San Agustín Archaeological Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is also considered the world’s largest necropolis. Interspersed between site visits the program will include lectures and discussions with anthropologists and archeologists with a focus on pre-colonial civilizations.
Colombia and The Myth of El Dorado
Discovering the History of Colombia's Ancient Civilization