Signing of agreement between two local leaders Sahel region - 2013, © Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

What we do

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue’s (HD) mission is

to prevent, mitigate and resolve armed conflicts,

through dialogue and mediation.

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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.

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.

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 and protection of civilians, the special needs of women and children, displaced populations and any affected minority groups.

Where we work

World map in words - © Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

For almost two decades, HD has supported peaceful settlements around the world. The organisation is currently involved in more than 40 dialogue and mediation initiatives in over 25 countries.

Who we are

HD is a Swiss-based private diplomacy organisation

founded on the principles of humanity, impartiality and independence.

About

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) is a Swiss-based private diplomacy organisation founded on the principles of humanity, impartiality and independence. Our mission is to help prevent, mitigate, and resolve armed conflict through dialogue and mediation.

Foundation Board

As a Swiss non profit Foundation, HD is supervised by a Board, which serves on a voluntary basis. It sets the mission and the general policy of the Foundation and provides overall supervision of the development and implementation of the organisation’s programme and administration, as managed by the Senior Management Team and staff.

Staff

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Latest updates

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New publication – The Oslo Forum 2016 Meeting Report

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, summarises the discussions during the event.

Participants at the 2016 Oslo Forum included John F. Kerry, United States Secretary of State; Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran; Micheline Calmy-Rey, former President of the Swiss Confederation; Jan K. Eliasson, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General; Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court; Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Børge Brende, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs; as well as the Foreign Ministers of Lebanon, Mongolia and New Zealand.

During the Forum, guests shared practical experiences and engaged in lively exchanges on current peacemaking practice and trends. The overarching theme of the event was ‘Adapting to a new conflict landscape’, reflecting the emergent challenges mediators face in responding to the changing face of conflict. The highlights of the retreat included a keynote address by the US Secretary of State on current international peacemaking challenges around the world, and a discussion between the High Representative of the European Union and the Iranian and Norwegian Ministers of Foreign Affairs on the prospects for peace in the Middle East and North Africa.

Other topics covered during the event included opportunities for a political accommodation in Afghanistan; negotiations to end the Colombian civil war; peace talks on the Yemen conflict; challenges relating to the Libyan Political Agreement; mediation efforts in Cyprus; and lessons learned from ceasefire agreements in a number of conflict contexts.

The Oslo Forum Series is co-hosted by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) and the Norwegian Government. It includes an annual international gathering in Oslo as well as regional events in Asia and Africa. These events provide mediators and peace process actors with a unique opportunity to share their experiences, test new ideas, and craft innovative solutions to some of the complex problems they face.

HD wishes to express its gratitude to the Norwegian Government for its support for, and commitment to, the Oslo Forum.

The Oslo Forum 2016 Meeting Report is accessible here.

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For more information on HD or on the Oslo Forum, please write to pr@hdcentre.org or visit the Oslo Forum’s official website: www.osloforum.org.