Arnaud Peral is country director of the United Nations Development Program in Colombia. He has worked for the last 20 years in Latin America and the Caribbean in areas such as sustainable human development, democratic governance, south-south cooperation, crisis and natural disaster prevention; conflict reduction and peace building. He has fostered key partnerships with governments, civil society, private sector, the Academia and international cooperation. Before his arrival to Colombia in 2014, he served in Brazil, Mexico, New York and Cuba.
The environment stands to benefit enormously from a peace deal to end Colombia's half-century old conflict. The country's immense biodiversity offers opportunities for post-conflict development, social integration, and economic growth. Arnold Peral, director of UNDP in Colombia, offers insight into what's next for Colombia.