The 2018 Asia Mediation Retreat took place in Beijing from 16 to 17 October bringing together Asian peacemakers from governments, international institutions and non-governmental organisations.
Norway’s Foreign Minister, Ms Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, delivered the opening remarks and underlined the centrality of mediation in preventing, de-escalating and resolving conflict. She said that the fact that the Retreat was taking place in Beijing was in itself an inspiration given China’s increasing engagement in the field of mediation.
The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) facilitated the signing, on Thursday 27 September 2018 in Sévaré, of a unilateral commitment towards a ceasefire by Youssouf Toloba and his armed group, Dan Nan Ambassagou, in the context of the conflict which opposes the group to other community armed groups in central Mali.
The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) has joined the Smart Peace consortium, a global group of specialist organisations which will develop an innovative four-year conflict resolution programme to address the challenges of building sustainable peace in some of the world’s most fragile and conflict-affected regions.
The leaders of the Dan Nan Ambassagou armed group, representing the Dogon community, have declared a unilateral ceasefire on 2 July 2018 in Mopti, in the context of the conflict which opposes the group to armed actors within the Fulani community in central Mali. This intercommunal conflict, which has been ongoing for more than a year, has fueled the high degree of instability currently affecting the region.
In support of efforts to mitigate the consequences of conflicts worldwide, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) today hosted a closed-door roundtable on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in conflict settings at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
The event, organised jointly by the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations (UN) Office in Geneva and Legal Action Worldwide, explored creative and innovative legal approaches to addressing SGBV in conflict.
The NCP, which forms an integral part of the United Nations’ (UN) action plan for Libya, seeks to give a say to all Libyans in shaping the response to the ongoing crisis, including those who have not been able to participate in the political process until now. It represents a unique opportunity for all Libyans to contribute to fostering stability, advancing national reconciliation and shaping the future of their country.
Changing minds together!
Demonstrating the value of conflict mediation
Mediation offers a proven and cost-effective method for resolving armed conflicts. More than 70 per cent of conflicts which ended between 1985 and 2015 were resolved through an agreement. However, measuring the impact of mediation efforts remains a challenge for both practitioners and donors.
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.
Peacemaking and mediation literature has often portrayed neutral ‘outsiders’ as the most suitable mediators, given their physical and emotional distance from the parties in conflict. However, in many parts of the world, communities in conflict prefer to deal with ‘insiders’ whom they already trust, who are part of the local society’s fabric, and who can make a long term commitment to resolving the conflict.
HD RELEASES ITS 2016 ANNUAL REPORT
The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) continued to expand its operations in 2016, responding to a growing demand for its experience and skills in engaging with those involved in armed conflict, particularly hard-to-reach groups. By the end of 2016, HD had more than 40 ongoing projects in over 25 countries, working at the heart of the world’s most dangerous conflicts in Africa, the Middle East and Europe, as well as East and Central Asia.
NOUVELLE PUBLICATION – CENTRE DU MALI: ENJEUX ET DANGERS D’UNE CRISE NÉGLIGÉE
Longtemps restées dans l’ombre des dynamiques politiques et sécuritaires à l’œuvre au nord du Mali, certaines populations des régions centrales de Mopti et de Ségou – singulièrement la communauté peulh – revendiquent désormais d’être entendues.
Complicated conflicts with many disparate actors have become increasingly common in the international system. The extreme fragmentation of the Syrian opposition in the ongoing civil war embodies this ‘new normal’ for civil wars. Fragmentation affects a number of conflict dynamics, including the turn to violence, internecine conflict among parties, targeting of civilians, collaboration with the state, and the extent to which opposition movements are accommodated.
This year’s Oslo Forum, which took place between the 14-15 June, was attended by around 100 prominent mediators, peace process actors and high-level decision-makers. The report from this meeting, which is released today, summarises the discussions during the event.
Mediation through a media lens
Interviews from the Oslo Forum 2016 on the nexus between mediation and the media
What are the responsibilities of the media during a conflict, and during a peace process? Can media reporting influence the behaviour of conflict parties, or the outcome of negotiations?
Mediators of armed conflict and actors in peace processes rarely have the opportunity to reflect on experiences, compare lessons learnt, and develop a shared understanding of good practice in the field. In support of their work, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) initiated the Oslo Forum in 2003 with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The issues facing mediators of armed conflict and actors in peace processes are both numerous and complex, and peacemaking is often undertaken in highly competitive and politically-sensitive environments. To help mediation practitioners face these challenges, every year the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) organises the Oslo Forum jointly with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The leadership of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) welcomed confirmation today by the European Union (EU) of its continued support for promoting stability, peace and development in the region of Mindanao, in the southern Philippines.
A wide spectrum of influential figures from Benghazi, including key political, social and community leaders, have today endorsed a historic Humanitarian Appeal for Benghazi.