name: Republic of Colombia (Spanish: República de Colombia)
· Population :47,698,524
Mestizo and white 84.2%, Afro-Colombian 10.4%, Amerindian 3.4%, Romani
<.01, unspecified 2.1% · Religions: Roman Catholic 79%, Protestant 14%, other 2%, unspecified 5% · Official language: Spanish Government: · President: Juan Manuel Santos · Prime minister: Stefan Löfven · Type of government: Presidential republic · Decision making body: Congress Economics: · Main contributors: agriculture, industry, services, energy · Major imports: industrial equipment, chemicals, paper products, fuels · Major exports: petroleum, coal, emeralds, coffee, nickel, cut flowers, bananas, apparel · Main trading partners: United States, China, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Canada Less economically developed Infrastructure: · Transportation: Bad transport infrastructure, poorly maintained roads and inefficient public transport.
· Communications: Morden telephone system, around 60%
of population has internet. However, infrastructure remains bad in rural
Clean water and sewage coverage is
accessible to almost all of the city, and about 70% of those in rural areas
have potable water and sewage pipelines. Wastewater is mostly left untreated
due to lack of basic treatment facilities.
Colombia has 3 types of music, namely
Cumbia, Vallenato and Llanera, all of which are well known internationally
Colombian handicraft is world
renowned. Much of Colombian culture is influenced by Spanish culture.
Paisa, Tamales, Sudado De Pollo,
Footbal and cycling are the most
popular sports, and Tejo is its national sport. Other Colombian sports
include Rana and Chaza.
· Location: Northern South America, bordering
the Caribbean Sea
states, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru
South American country with coastlines on both the North Pacific Ocean and
relevant points to topic 1:
· As many as 50000 Colombian women are
trafficked into prostitution each year
· The Government fully complies with
the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons. Despite
this, U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in
Persons placed the country in “Tier 1” in 2017.
· In December 2006, UNODC Colombia
received a UN21 Commendation award for its anti-human trafficking activities
relevant points to topic 2:
· 1 in 10 Colombians are internally
displaced due to armed conflict, and require humanitarian aid.
· From 2002 to May 2009, nearly 200,000
murders were committed by illegal armed groups.
· Colombia is included in the European
Commission’s list of forgotten crises – a serious humanitarian crisis whose
people receive insufficient international aid.