Sharing experiences and insights
Mediation is increasingly seen as a successful means of resolving armed conflicts and the growing number of actors involved testifies to its emergence as a distinct field of international diplomacy. The pressured working environment of mediation rarely provides much opportunity for reflection.
With the Oslo Forum series, the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), offer conflict mediation practitioners an ideal setting to openly reflect on and learn from their experiences to help improve conflict mediation practice and enhance the status of the profession.
HD began operations in 1999 and has since become one of the world's leading conflict mediation organisations.
Norway has been involved in a number of peace and reconciliation processes since the early 1990s. The nature of Norwegian involvement ranges from official facilitation of negotiations, to sponsoring back channels for secret negotiations, to taking part in and supporting international coalitions in such processes.
The Norwegian work for peace and reconciliation is characterised by long-term contributions and commitments, flexible resources and close cooperation with national and international NGOs. A central element in Norwegian peace efforts is to support and strengthen the UN’s capability of responding to armed conflicts.
HD is an independent Swiss Foundation dedicated to helping improve the global response to armed conflict. It attempts to achieve this by mediating between warring parties and providing support to the broader mediation community.
HD is driven by humanitarian values and three primary goals: to reduce the humanitarian consequences of conflict, increase security, and ultimately contribute to the peaceful resolution of conflict.