Political will and inclusive building of a common agenda: the conclusions of the seminar of the Vice Presidency and the UN

The international experience seminar on re-meeting, organized by the Vice Presidency of the State and the United Nations System in Bolivia, ended this Tuesday with the proposal of three conclusions to promote dialogue, political will and the inclusive shaping of a common agenda.

The event, which began on Tuesday, June 22nd, was attended by international and national experts who presented their experiences in various conflict and dialogue processes, as well as personalities such as Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchú.

“These two days made it possible for us to learn from international and national experiences. We gathered ideas, suggestions and basically started this conversation about the necessary conditions to create a space for reunification in the country, ”said Susana Sottoli, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Bolivia.

The international official pointed out that youth, women, populations who normally have no voice should come first in these dialogues.

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“That’s the idea behind this process. We want to open the space to reinforce voices that are a little tired of the conflict and polarization and can do a lot for the future of Bolivia, ”he said.

Vice President David Choquehuanca stressed that from Bolivia we can show that it is possible to build unity.

“It is good to go beyond democracy, majorities and minorities. Because in a democracy there is the word submit, minorities submit to majorities and submitting to one’s neighbor is not good, like not working, stealing, submitting to one’s neighbor is not good, ”he reflected.

The three conclusions

Political will, fundamental to dialogue. It was highlighted that the role of government and civil society organizations is essential in promoting dialogue across differences. “Political will is essential for the construction of dialogue spaces. We need to realize that the reunion is not just an event, but a process that continues over time and requires the determined commitment of the leaders, ”concluded one of the working groups.

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An inclusive and participatory agenda. The working groups highlighted the importance of opening participatory encounter mechanisms that reflect the diversity of the country and formulating a working agenda that focuses on common challenges such as the fight against discrimination, inequalities and the eradication of violence. As one of the closing points states, “the challenge is to avoid monopolizing the debate in political spaces”.

Promote an environment conducive to reunification. Throughout the seminar, they also reflected the importance of creating a favorable context for dialogue, deactivating polarizing discourses, and giving more space to voices trying to build and achieve balance. “It is important to understand that our problems are profound and that working on these issues requires disabling the sense of threat first to enable our voices,” concluded one of the working groups.

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