Annual international retreat for conflict mediators and peace process actors – Oslo, Norway, 19-20 June 2018

More than one hundred of the world’s most prominent armed conflict mediators, peace process actors, high-level decision-makers and eminent thinkers will gather in Oslo from 19 to 20 June 2018 at the 16th edition of the Oslo Forum.

Co-hosted jointly by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), the Forum brings together practitioners and experts for two days of informal discussions to reflect on current peacemaking trends and challenges.

Distinguished participants at this year’s event will include, among others, António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations; Hassan Ali Khayre, Prime Minister of Somalia; Thomas Greminger, Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe;  Rosemary A. DiCarlo, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs; as well as the Foreign Ministers of Algeria, Jordan, Oman, and Tanzania.

The overarching theme of the 2018 Forum will be ‘The End of Big Peace? Opportunities for Mediation’. Participants will explore the challenges posed to peacemakers by the increasingly atomised and internationalised nature of ongoing conflicts. They will in particular reflect on the trend away from the comprehensive peace agreements of the 1990s and alternative options available to mediators.

The Forum will feature a mixture of plenary sessions, panel discussions, debates, roundtables, lectures and informal lunchtime conversations. The programme will allow participants to reflect on a variety of peacemaking issues, including: the ongoing peace process in Libya; the challenges of setting up a new framework for negotiations in Yemen; the possibility of a dialogue with Jihadist groups in Mali; the role of religious actors in mediation; and creative entry points for stalled processes. Recent developments in Colombia, Nigeria and Syria will also be examined.

Attendance at the Oslo Forum is by invitation only and the Chatham House Rule applies throughout the event. However, interviews may be arranged with those attending on request.


For more information about the Oslo Forum, please visit:

To watch the first minutes of the Oslo Forum’s Opening Plenary with UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide, and Foreign Prime Minister of Somalia Hassan Ali Khayre, follow this link (begins at 8’47”):

For more information on the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue or to arrange an interview, please contact Ms Flore Brannon by email at

Media enquiries for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs should be addressed to Ms Ane Haavardsdatter Lunde via email: or via phone: +47 976 71 250

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