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23 Nov 2017 description

Improving the mediation of armed conflict

A global series of mediation retreats

The Oslo Forum is widely acknowledged as the leading international network of conflict mediation practitioners. Co-hosted by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Oslo Forum regularly convenes conflict mediators, high-level decision-makers and key peace process actors in a series of informal and discreet retreats.

23 Jun 2011 description

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (the HD Centre) is pleased to announce the new 2010 Annual Report.

The Annual Report provides a review of some of the HD Centre’s projects and an introduction to some of the people who have contributed to the success of that work.

From the peace process in Mindanao, to humanitarian mediation in Darfur, and advising on election dispute resolution in Somaliland, the annual report presents tangible evidence of where the HD Centre’s strengths – independence, impartiality and flexibility – are having the greatest impact.

28 Feb 2011 description

by Christine Belle & Catherine O'Rourke

Women at the Peace Table: Asia Pacific Opinion Series - N=B04

Introduction & Background

On the 31 October 2000 United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 1325 (SCR 1325) was adopted providing for a range of measures aimed at the inclusion of women in the prevention, management and resolution of violent conflict. In particular, several of the resolution's provisions addressed the role of women and gender in peace negotiations and agreements.

06 Nov 2009 description

Katia Papagianni

Les initiatives de rétablissement et de construction de la paix prévoient souvent un partage du pouvoir au sein de gouvernements de transition. Le partage du pouvoir garantit la participation de représentants de groupes importants aux décisions politiques, non seulement au sein du pouvoir exécutif mais également dans les domaines législatif, judiciaire, militaire et policier. Pendant une période de transition, le partage du pouvoir entre groupes rivaux limite le risque de prépondérance d'un parti au détriment de la sécurité de tous les autres.

22 Jul 2009 description

Meeting report

Executive summary

The Oslo forum 2009 took place against the background of a new optimism, largely heralded by the new US administration and its emphasis on civility in international relations. After a period of confrontation marked by the 'war on terror' and weakening of mediation efforts, there is now a renewed demand in many areas for diplomacy and negotiation.

14 Jul 2009 description

By Chris Fomunyoh

Introduction

Beyond major conflicts in Africa over the territorial integrity of states such as Sudan and Somalia, many recent conflicts on the continent are ignited by grievances over bad governance and exclusionary political practices. In many cases, flawed or failed elections have either precipitated political disputes or aggravated simmering tensions into an outburst of conflict.

27 Mar 2009 description

Executive Summary

The African Mediators' Retreat 2009 was co-hosted by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre) and the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation on 24-27 March in Zanzibar. As part of the Oslo forum series - the endeavour of the HD Centre and the Norwegian government to work towards the strengthening of mediation practice - the African Mediators' Retreat 2009 was the second event taking place in Africa.

24 Jun 2008 description

Katia Papagianni

Power-sharing transitional governments are common ingredients of peacemaking and peacebuilding efforts. Power sharing guarantees the participation of representatives of significant groups in political decision making, and especially in the executive, but also in the legislature, judiciary, police and army.