Daniel García-Peña headed the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace between 1995 and 1998. He also led Lucho Garzon’s campaigns for the Presidency in 2002 and for mayor of Bogotá in 2003. He is currently director of Planeta Paz and professor of political science at the National University.
Mauricio García-Durán is a Jesuit priest and a doctoral candidate at Bradford University’s Department of Peace Studies. He has spent the last 14 years researching peace processes and social mobilisation for peace in Colombia. He has worked on programmes with the displaced population for CINEP and the Jesuit Refugee Service.
Mauricio Katz García worked at the Magdalena Medio Peace and Development Programme from 1996 – 2002, spending three years as deputy director. He works with international oraganisations and social movements in the formation of intersectoral regional development programmes.
Following an exchange between peace practitioners from Colombia and the Philippines, Bong Montesa, a Filipino participant, expressed some thoughts about Colombia and the actions of its government in this poem.
Following an exchange between peace practitioners from Colombia and the Philippines, Ariel Hernandez, a Filipino participant, compares the two countries' approaches to a selection of peace issues in this paper.
Peace processes which only include political and military players are potentially dangerous. Celia McKeon of Conciliation Resources explains why civil society's role is crucial in her chapter in 'People building peace II'.