Around 100 of the world’s most prominent armed conflict mediators and peace process actors will gather in Oslo, Norway from 16 to 17 June 2015, to share their experiences of peacemaking as part of the 2015 edition of the Oslo Forum.
The Forum is organised jointly by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, a private diplomacy and conflict mediation organisation. It brings together senior conflict mediators, major actors in peace processes, key decision-makers and eminent thinkers on an annual basis to reflect on current peace processes and to strengthen the practice of conflict mediation internationally. Among other things, the event seeks to function as a ‘laboratory’ where participants can explore innovative approaches to peacemaking and test working assumptions.
Distinguished participants at the 2015 Oslo Forum will include the President of the Republic of Colombia, H.E. Mr Juan Manuel Santos; the Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, H.E. Dr Masoumeh Ebtekar; the Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, H.E. Mr Nasser Judeh; the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Ms Retno L. P. Marsudi; the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr Jeffrey D. Feltman; the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda; the Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E. Mr Olusegun Obasanjo; as well as Oxford Professor and distinguished scholar, Sir Paul Collier, and many others.
The overarching theme of the 2015 Forum will be ‘Peacemaking in the new world disorder’, reflecting the momentous events that have shaken up the international system over the last year including deepening geopolitical fissures, the fragmentation of states following the ‘Arab Spring’, the seizure of territory by non-state armed groups, and challenges to state sovereignty in Europe. These developments are bound to affect the practice of mediation and peacemaking over the coming years.
The Forum will feature panel discussions, debates and roundtable sessions on a variety of topics including:
- The Islamic State phenomenon: searching for suitable responses;
- Colombia: negotiating a new future;
- The Arab Winter: insecurity and instability in Northern Africa;
- Tackling Nigeria’s multifaceted security challenges;
- Negotiating ceasefires: learning from experience;
- Prospects for rapprochement between Iran and the West; and,
- A mediator’s dilemma: managing versus solving conflicts.
The Oslo Forum began in 2003 and is regarded as the leading international forum and network of mediators and peace process actors. The series features an annual global event in June in Norway as well as regional retreats in Asia and Africa.
The informal and discreet nature of the gatherings – held behind closed doors – offers a unique opportunity to bring key experts and peacemaking actors together to engage in frank exchanges on often sensitive conflict issues.
The event aims to improve mediation practice through facilitating open exchange, debate and reflection as well as providing informal networking opportunities and space for conflict parties to advance their negotiations. The Forum has contributed to improving understanding of peacemaking issues and mediation practice worldwide.
Attendance at the Oslo Forum is by invitation only and the Chatham House Rule applies throughout the event. However, interviews may be arranged with participants on request.
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