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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 2008 - Meeting Report
Abstract

Oslo forum 2008 aimed to examine the prospects for mediation in a challenging environment.
Some 90 participants debated who can be talked to and about what and whether imminent changes in world politics (especially US politics) herald significant changes; what support mediators need and what support is available. Specific discussions included experiences of local mediation and the significance of gender sensitivity as a mediation tool. Also, the challenges to dialogue in Iraq, and Dafur/ Chad featured prominently, along with a spotlight on former combatants’ views on demobilisation and disarmament. Situation reports from Somalia, Nepal, Cyprus, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Abkhazia were delivered by experienced mediators during informal breakfast sessions.

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The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue,
12 Aug 2015
Asia Mediators' Retreat 2008 - Meeting Report
Abstract

The Asian Mediation Retreat was co-hosted by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, in cooperation with the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS). The retreat emphasised that dialogue and mediation are not Western concepts, but that Asia is very much part of the debate and practice. More than fifty mediators, experts and peace process actors from around Asia participated in the Asian Mediation Retreat, including senior officials and envoys from India, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore and the Philippines.
Discussions looked at mediation trends in Asia, the role of big powers in negotiating an end to disputes, energy security and engaging with extremists. Participants also discussed the peace processes in Indonesia and Nepal and debated mediation and security in fragile states. A special highlight was an off the record interview of former Indonesian Foreign Minister Ali Alatas.

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The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue,
12 Aug 2015
Oslo Forum 2007 - Meeting Report
Abstract

Dialogue in a divided world: power, potential and pitfalls
The fifth annual event of its kind, the Oslo forum 2007’s agenda followed the arc of a peace process, covering vision, dialogue as the pre-eminent methodology, craftsmanship, power and interests, and finally implementation.
Drawing on this structure, the sessions were dedicated to a range of topical issues, including mediator-led situation reports from Darfur, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nepal and Sri Lanka; the potential and challenges for dialogue in Somalia, Afghanistan and Iran; the challenges of transformation from armed group pariahs into politicians with perspectives from Nepal and Northern Ireland; the use of psychological approaches in mediation; the potential for public opinion polling as a peace process management tool and identifying pragmatic strategies to address the ongoing lack of women and their perspectives at formal peace tables.

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The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue,
12 Aug 2015
Africa Mediators' Retreat 2007 - Meeting Report
Abstract

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue co-hosted with the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation the first retreat for senior mediators and key peace process actors in and from Africa.
The Retreat examined current mediation processes, including in Darfur and Somalia. Participants discussed the challenges of implementing agreements and of long-term peace-building, the recent development in the Cote d’Ivoire peace process, the current capacity for and practice of mediation in Africa and the role of the International Criminal Court.

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The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue,
12 Aug 2015
Oslo Forum 2006 - Meeting Report
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Mediating today's conflicts for tomorrow's peace: Improving practice by confronting reality
The fourth annual event of its kind, the Oslo forum 2006 focused on the delicate balance mediators need to strike between the needs of a particular mediation process and growing demands at the international level such as human rights standards, the war on terror and restrictions on whom to engage with. The Oslo forum 2006 was exceptional in bringing together senior conflict mediators and other key peace process actors, who seek to resolve conflict through dialogue, in total some 65 participants. Participants benefited from active discussions with selected guest speakers, including Gerry Adams, President of Sinn Féin, Luis Moreno Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and Javier Solana, High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Secretary General of the Council of the European Union.

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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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