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Source: Republic of Colombia

Bogotá (Nov. 10/20). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, through the Directorate of Migration, Consular Affairs and Citizen Service, led, together with the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare, the regional cooperation session for the protection of migrant and refugee children and adolescents Venezuelan within the framework of the Quito Process.

At the opening of the session, Ambassador Héctor Arenas Neira, Coordinator of Migratory Affairs of the Colombian Foreign Ministry, highlighted the importance of promoting regional and inter-institutional cooperation for the benefit of migrant children and adolescents (NNA), as well as deepening the exchange of information and good practices as working instruments.

In this technical space, emphasis was placed on the need to create focal points in each country of the region to work in a coordinated and effective way in identifying opportunities to improve cooperation, always with the objective of assisting and ensuring effective protection and full respect for the human rights of Venezuelan migrant and refugee children and adolescents.

It should be noted that in this meeting – in addition to the countries of the region that are members of the Quito Process – delegates from some countries of the Group of Friends of the Quito Process also participated, which allowed progress in identifying possibilities for international cooperation to overcome the existing gaps.

Likewise, the valuable support of UNICEF is highlighted for, as agreed in the Joint Declaration of the VI International Technical Meeting on Human Mobility of Venezuelan Citizens in the Region – Santiago Chapter (September 23-24, 2020), “develop regional cooperation mechanisms that strengthen state capacities for assistance and protection of the rights of Venezuelan migrant and refugee children and adolescents (NNA) ”.

Colombia will continue to exercise leadership in the treatment of human mobility of Venezuelan citizens in the region, under the parameters of safe, orderly and regular migration.

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