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HD mediates between governments, non-state armed groups and opposition parties to reduce conflict, limit the human suffering caused by war and develop opportunities for peaceful settlements.

Since 1999, HD has facilitated scores of peace and conflict management agreements by working discreetly beyond the frontiers of traditional diplomacy, engaging parties that can be hard to reach and addressing sensitive issues.

As a non-profit based in Switzerland, HD helps to build the path to stability and development for people, communities and countries through more than 50 peacemaking projects around the world.

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Agro-pastoral mediation in the Sahel

Across the Sahel region, conflicts are growing more frequent and volatile along seasonal grazing routes between nomadic groups and farming communities. As demographic pressure, climate change and armed conflicts intensify the scarcity of natural resources, the micro-conflicts over transhumance are in danger of becoming militarised as inter-community and political tensions rise. To reduce the risks, the […]
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الاجتماع الليبيّ يدعو لإجراء انتخابات ديسمبر في موعدها المُقرّر

جنيف – 19 سبتمبر / أيلول 2021 – أكّدت عشرات الشخصيّات المشاركة في الاجتماع التشاوريّ الذي امتدّ لثلاثة أيّام في سويسرا، على أهمّية إجراء الانتخابات الرئاسيّة والبرلمانية في موعدها المُقرّر في شهر ديسمبر تجنّبا لمخاطر عودة الصّراع، كما دعوا الجهات المُختصّة للتّوصّل إلى الصّيغة الأكثر توافقيّة للتّشريعات اللازمة للانتخابات. وفي إطار الجولة الأخيرة من سلسلة […]
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Libyan meeting calls for December elections to be held as planned

GENEVA – SEPT 19, 2021 – At a three-day meeting in Switzerland, dozens of participants in Libya’s political transition endorsed the importance of holding planned presidential and parliamentary elections in late December to reduce the risk of renewed conflict and called on authorities to produce the laws for the polls in the most consensual way […]
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Where we work

What we do

Mediation and dialogue

Mediation and dialogue are the most effective, and cheapest, tools for preventing and resolving armed conflicts. They are the core business of HD, a globally connected private diplomacy organisation that operates discreetly to help conflict parties settle their differences.

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Mediation Expertise   

Providing effective support to mediators can increase the chances of successfully preventing, mitigating and resolving conflicts and of sustaining peace after an agreement is signed. HD offers this support by giving mediators access to the latest conflict resolution expertise and experience.

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Humanitarian Mediation

As part of its conflict mediation and dialogue activities, and where political dialogue may be difficult or impossible, HD undertakes mediation on a humanitarian basis. Humanitarian mediation enables the parties in conflict to address key issues, such as safe access to and protection of civilians.

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Oslo Forum     

The Oslo Forum is the leading international network of conflict mediation practitioners. Co-hosted by the Norwegian Government and HD, the Oslo Forum convenes conflict mediators, peacemakers, high-level decision-makers and key peace process actors in a series of informal and discreet retreats.

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Libyan Parliament approves new Government of National Unity

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Peacemaking, the Law of Armed Conflict, and Territories Effectively Controlled by Armed Non-State Actors

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UNSCR 1325 at 20: Reflections on the Women, Peace and Security agenda

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