Reconcile every day, accept the past, build our future.
Colombia is a country that has experienced more than 50 years of war. Although a peace agreement has been signed, the emotional scars left by this conflict require a period of healing. Through dialogue with those who have caused us pain and through forgiveness, we can take great steps toward reconciliation and a new beginning.
Leonardo Párraga is a global citizen acting in a local context. He believes that peace, development, and happiness in society start at a personal level, that is why he is in a constant process of self-actualization. Leonardo is the founder of the BogotArt Foundation, fostering social inclusion through the arts and the co-founder of the campaign Cartas por la Reconciliación (Letters for the Reconciliation), aiming to bridge the social divide between ex-combatants from FARC and the civil society through a safe space for dialogue. He is the first winner of the Youth Carnegie Peace Prize, recognizing the role of young peacebuilders in generating sustainable peace. Leonardo is also the Youth Ambassador for the Peace Palace.