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The Oslo Forum process strives to critically examine the current practice of conflict mediation. The themes raised at each event are intended to provoke discussions, suggest interesting questions and propose new or unconventional approaches. 

Background papers and interviews are prepared prior to the retreats to set the tone for discussions and to sensitise participants to current debates and innovative ideas.

Background papers and interviews do not represent the positions of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD).

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Oslo Forum 2014 - Meeting Report
Abstract

One hundred of the world's eminent mediators and peace process actors - nearly half of them women - attended the 2014 Oslo Forum, sharing practical experiences and engaging in lively debates on current peacemaking practice and mediation trends. The theme of the 2014 Oslo Forum was ‘engaging with radical groups’. In line with this, participants discussed the feasibility of dialogue with extremist groups, such as ISIS and Boko Haram. Another common thread running through the discussions at the Forum was the geopolitical flux gripping the international system. Participants also considered specific case studies, including the historic peace agreement achieved in the Philippines this year; the international failure to stop the conflict in Syria; and other peacemaking efforts in South Sudan, Colombia, Nigeria, and the Central African Republic. Additionally, attendees examined the phenomenon of popular uprisings against democratically elected governments, and the use of force as a tool of peacemaking. The Forum also offered a valuable opportunity to exchange comparative lessons and experiences on national dialogues, and to reflect on specific mediation challenges such as the fragmentation of conflict parties. This meeting report provides a summary of the discussions and highlights the issues which emerged during the retreat.

by
Paul Dziatkowiec, Sabina Avasiloae and Till Papenfuss,
12 Aug 2015
Oslo Forum 2013 - Meeting Report
Abstract

Over 140 of the world's eminent senior mediators and peace process actors attended the 2013 Oslo Forum, sharing practical experiences and engaging in lively debates on current peacemaking practice and mediation trends. In line with this year’s overarching theme, ‘Through a Different Lens: innovative approaches to mediating conflict’, participants explored areas that had previously garnered little attention among a mediation community that usually focuses on traditional forms of armed conflict and peacemaking methods. Sessions on negotiating with criminal gangs and the unique role of faith-based actors in peacemaking allowed mediators to think ‘outside the box’ and draw unique lessons for their work from atypical contexts. Also in line with the same theme, participants explored creative approaches to conflicts in Syria, the Sahel, Somalia, and other complex environments. As such, the Oslo Forum once more served as a ‘laboratory’ for new and innovative approaches to peacemaking. This meeting report provides a summary of the discussions and highlights the issues which emerged during the retreat.

by
Paul Dziatkowiec, Sabina Avasiloae and Till Papenfuss,
12 Aug 2015
Africa Mediators' Retreat 2013 - Meeting Report
Abstract

The fourth Africa Mediators’ Retreat took place in Zanzibar, Tanzania in November 2013. More than 40 senior conflict mediators and peace process actors attended, together with key decision-makers, eminent thinkers and government representatives with significant experience in peacemaking across the African continent. The event was co-hosted by the HD Centre, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation. Three days of lively discussions covered a broad range of complex issues and peacemaking challenges across the continent including the role of the International Criminal Court in Africa; the role of religion in African politics: the mediator’s potential bridging role between religious and secular political stakeholders; assessing the potential for dialogue with extremist groups; the interplay between elections and conflicts in Africa; the role of the mediator in developing models for governance; and the utility of force during peacemaking.

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Paul Dziatkowiec, Sabina Avasiloae, Till Papenfuss,
12 Aug 2015
Oslo Forum 2012 - Meeting Report
Abstract

Over one hundred of the world’s eminent senior mediators and peace process actors attended the 2012 Oslo Forum, sharing practical experiences and engaging in lively debates on current peacemaking practice and mediation trends. Participants included the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi; lead singer of U2, Bono; Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre; Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Bildt ; Myanmar’s Minister of Industry, U Soe Thane; President of the International Crisis Group Louise Arbour ; and Head of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process in the Philippines, Teresita Quintos Deles.

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Paul Dziatkowiec, Eva Elfenkämper & Sabina Avasiloae,
12 Aug 2015
Oslo Forum 2011 - Meeting Report
Abstract

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue co-hosted the Oslo forum 2011 from 21 to 23 June in Oslo.
The ninth of its kind, the forum was a unique opportunity for senior third-party conflict mediators and other key peace process actors to share their experiences, identify challenges and reflect on their own and others’ practice in a discreet setting and informal atmosphere.

by
The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue,
12 Aug 2015

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Report - Oslo Forum 2015
The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) is pleased to present the 2015 Oslo Forum Report.

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