IASC Event on Colombia
IASC Event on Colombia
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Humanitarian Situation in Colombia
The bilateral ceasefire between the Government of Colombia and FARC-EP guerrillas and the signing of a peace accord in September 2016 had a positive impact on a number of humanitarian indicators (e.g., a fall in mass displacement, massacres and armed actions). Nonetheless, Colombia faces humanitarian situations and needs as a result of the impact of the armed conflict, armed violence and natural disasters. The constant presence of non-state armed groups and other groups responsible for armed violence which dispute territorial control and illicit economies continue to create humanitarian emergencies and protection risks for the civilian population. The briefing will cover the current humanitarian situation and needs as well as the plan for 2017.
Presenters for the briefing
The presenter will be Gerard Gomez, Head of OCHA Colombia. Gerard Armand Gomez has a long experience in emergency assistance and preparedness, including supporting and advising governments and international humanitarian partners on humanitarian coordination and response.
Mr. Gomez started his professional career with the United Nations in 2002 as Regional Advisor for Disasters Response in OCHA Quito, Ecuador. In 2005 Mr. Gomez was named the Head of OCHA Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Panamá.
Mr. Gomez led the development of the United Nations Emergency Technical Team (UNETE) and the Risk, Emergency and Disaster Working Group for Latin America and the Caribbean (REDLAC). He is also author of several publications about emergencies management. Mr. Gomez has led several emergency missions in the Latin American Region as team leader United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team, including two months in Haiti supporting the Humanitarian Country Team and the emergency response as Senior Humanitarian Advisor.
Before joining the UN, Mr. Gomez worked during 13 year for Medecins Sans Frontieres. Mr. Gomez was born in Saint-Raphaël, France, in 1959. He has a degree in Social and Economic Science, a Master in Logistics Organization, studies in Anthropology and speaks fluently Spanish, English and French. He is married and has two sons and one daughter.