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

HD's Foundation Board - 2016, © Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
Former Head of the EU’s External Action Service and current UN Special Adviser on Cyprus to lead HD’s Foundation Board

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) is pleased to announce that Ambassador Pierre Vimont and Mr Espen Barth Eide, were elected last week respectively as new Chair and new Vice-Chair of its Foundation Board.

Ambassador Pierre Vimont joined HD’s Board in 2015. He succeeds Jean-Marie Guéhenno, who stepped down after more than five years in that position but remains a Board Member. Mr Espen Eide joined HD’s Board in 2013 and has been Chairman of its Operations Committee, which oversees the organisation’s programme of work.

Ambassador Vimont and Mr. Eide bring a wealth of experience in diplomacy and international affairs at the highest level. “It does not get better than this,” said David Harland, HD’s Executive Director. “Armed conflict is getting worse and their experience and expertise is what we need to help us address those conflicts effectively”.

Ambassador Vimont is the former Executive Secretary-General of the European External Action Service of the European Union, a position he held from 2010 to 2015. Prior to this, Ambassador Vimont had led a long and successful career in the French diplomatic service, serving among others as Ambassador to the United States (2007-2010), Ambassador to the European Union (1999-2002), and Chief of Staff to three former French Foreign Ministers. Ambassador Vimont holds the title of Ambassador of France, a dignity bestowed for life on only a few French diplomats. He is also a Knight of the French National Order of Merit.

Mr Eide is United Nations Special Adviser on Cyprus. He currently chairs the negotiations which seek to reunify the divided island. From 2014-2016, he was Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva. Until October 2013, Mr Eide was Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. During his 10 years in government (2000-2001 and 2005-2013), he held the positions of Minister of Defence, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Minister of Defence. Mr Eide also pursued an academic career in political science.

“I feel honoured by the trust that my fellow Board Members have placed in me,” said Ambassador Vimont. “The best response to today’s increasingly complex conflicts is, and remains, dialogue. Throughout the 17 years of its existence, HD has successfully demonstrated the power of dialogue as a tool to prevent and resolve conflict. As HD’s new Chair, I will endeavour to continue the work of my dignified predecessor and contribute to HD’s worthy peacemaking initiatives internationally,” he added.

HD would like to thank Mr. Guéhenno, under whose leadership the organization became stronger, and registered important achievements.