More than 100 prominent conflict mediators, high-level decision makers and actors in peace processes gather in Norway this week to reflect on mediation initiatives at a time of major shifts in global and regional power.
This year’s event marks the 20th anniversary of the Oslo Forum, the leading series of retreats for international mediators and peacemakers. The Forum is co-hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD).
The two-day meeting offers participants a discreet, informal setting to share perspectives and assess the state of mediation and peacemaking against a backdrop of rising geopolitical competition, increasing conflict and the growing impact of climate change, social media and other factors that fuel conflicts.
“Now, 20 years on, the Oslo Forum remains as relevant as ever in times of growing uncertainty around the world,” said Anniken Huitfeldt, Norway’s Foreign Minister. “It is in our common interest to promote peaceful and stable societies and to limit the suffering caused by war.”
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