Oslo Forum 2019 Meeting Report

23.10.2019

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The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) is pleased to announce the release of the Meeting Report of the 2019 Oslo Forum: “Rebooting mediation: connecting tracks, processes and people.”

The Report presents the main takeaways as well as valuable insights from the seventeenth edition of the event, attended by more than one hundred of the world’s leading peacemakers, conflict actors, decision-makers and academics, representing 48 different countries.

Participants included Ahmed Isse Awad, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Somalia; Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates; Markos Tekle Rike, State Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia; Annika Söder, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden; Sodiq Safoev, First Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Parliament of Uzbekistan; Roman Vassilenko, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan; Smail Chergui, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security; David M. Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme; Hanna S. Tetteh, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union; and Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway.

This year, participants explored how peacemaking practitioners can navigate an increasingly fragmented conflict and mediation landscape in which comprehensive agreements have become scarce. Participants reflected on, among other things, the role mediators can play in reducing tensions in cyberspace, addressing the impact of climate change on conflicts, and how mediators can help prevent political crises from deteriorating further. The retreat’s sessions also explored ongoing developments in Afghanistan, the Korean Peninsula, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and many other regions affected or threatened by violent conflicts. Throughout the event, participants discussed the importance of the voices of women and young people becoming integral to high-level processes.

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