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Regional Conference entitled
"National and regional defence and security challenges in Latin America: the role of Parliaments"
21 and 22 November 2011
Bogota (Colombia)

Latin America is increasingly taking steps to promote confidence-building in defence matters.  It is crucial that parliaments provide a critical contribution to these efforts.  Moreover, the region faces important security challenges many of which are of a cross-border nature.  Regional and bilateral arrangements, along with strong national action, are therefore crucial in developing effective responses, most notably in the fight against international organized crime.  Parliamentary oversight is essential to ensure that the Government adequately equips and puts to use the security sector and to embed it in a democratic structure in the implementation of the tasks entrusted to it.

The Conference in Bogotá, which is organized by the National Congress of Colombia, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, will provide an opportunity for participants to exchange experiences regarding effective responses to current defence and security challenges in the region and good practices of effective parliamentary oversight.  The event is aimed at parliamentarians from Latin America, and particularly those who work on security issues (members of defence, budget or foreign affairs committees) and the parliamentary staff of such committees.


Practical and substantive documents related to the Seminar are available
in Spanish and in Portuguese, which will be the only working languages for this particular event.

Final report (Relatoria) PDF [Spanish]
Invitation letter (Invitación) PDF [Spanish] [Portuguese]
Provisional programme (Programa provisional) - version 18/11/2011 PDF [Spanish] [Portuguese]
Background note (Nota de antecedentes) PDF [Spanish] [Portuguese]
Practical information (Información práctica) PDF [Spanish] [Portuguese]
Registration form (Formulario de inscripción) MS Word [Spanish] [Portuguese]
PDF [Spanish] [Portuguese]
Hotel reservation form (Formulario de reserva de hotel) MS Word [Spanish] [Portuguese]
PDF [Spanish] [Portuguese]
Presentation of : Mr. William Godnick, Mr. Martin Piechot, Mr. Sebastián Ovejero (21 Nov), Mr. Armando Rodriguez Luna, Ms. Patricia Arias, Ms. Alexandra Moreno Piraquive, Mr. Sebastián Ovejero (22 Nov), Mr. Philipp Fluri
Background documents

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