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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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Asia Mediators' Retreat 2006 - Meeting Report
Abstract

Challenges and opportunities for conflict mediation in Asia
The Asia Mediators' Retreat 2006 was dedicated to practical discussions about current peace processes and peace-building efforts. Also, the role of autonomy arrangements in efforts to resolve conflict was scrutinized.

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The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue,
12 Aug 2015
Oslo Forum 2005 - Meeting Report
Abstract

Conflict mediation: diverse approaches, common dilemmas
With global military spending at a longtime high, continuing inter-state wars and proposals for the creation of a UN Peacebuilding Commission and a UN Mediation Support Unit, the Oslo forum 2005 had a vast array of topics to draw from. Is the international community consistent enough in its ambition to resolve armed conflict given the insufficient collaboration and cooperation between actors? Will a UN Peacebuilding Commission have the strength to overcome this challenge? How can patience in peacebuilding and peacemaking be reconciled with the immediate demands to end murderous wars and to meet international standards? Some 30 participants discussed these and other issues, and sought to jointly examine their different approaches.

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The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue,
12 Aug 2015
Asia Mediators' Retreat 2005 - Meeting Report
Abstract

TIt's time to talk
Following recommendations of participants at the Oslo forum, the Asia Mediators' Retreat 2005 was the first regional retreat to focus on Asia and explore regional challenges and approaches, notably in dealing with armed groups.

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The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue,
12 Aug 2015
Oslo Forum 2004 - Meeting Report
Abstract

Conflict mediation: building international capacity
The Oslo forum 2004 focused on gaps in knowledge, capacity and commitment in the international community's response to armed conflict. Are policies well informed or are they shaped by assumptions and prejudice? Is the international community committed enough - both politically as well as financially - to critically monitor and adapt our strategies until a conflict is truly resolved? How best to engage with conflict parties, including armed groups? How to monitor and verify progress? What risks and opportunities does an emerging international criminal jurisdiction hold for conflict mediation? Some 20 participants debated these questions looking at practical ways in which existing gaps could be addressed.

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The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue,
12 Aug 2015
Oslo Forum 2003 - Meeting Report
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Sharing experiences on issues and approaches
The very first of what has become a successful series of annual events, the Oslo forum 2003 explored the key challenges mediators face and how to generate and uphold the momentum for mediation and peacemaking.

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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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