Informal retreat of peacemaking practitioners and experts to take place in Beijing on 16-17 October 2018

Conflict mediators, peace process actors and peacemaking experts will meet in Beijing from 16 to 17 October, on the occasion of the 2018 Asia Mediation Retreat, to reflect on a variety of peacemaking issues, identify current challenges as well as discuss their practice and that of others.

The event will be co-hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS), and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD).

It is being organised as part of the Oslo Forum, a series of informal retreats for peacemaking practitioners, which also features an annual international gathering in Oslo, Norway.

The overarching theme of the 2018 Asia Mediation Retreat is ‘New actors, emerging practices’. Participants will reflect on the increasing diversity of actors – governmental and private – who are engaging in mediation in Asia, as well as the creative peacemaking approaches being developed to address conflicts in the region.

Over two days, participants will discuss various issues including efforts to resolve long-running ethnic conflicts in Myanmar, prospects for a negotiated end to the war in Afghanistan, as well as the role of mediation in the Korean Peninsula. They will also explore thematic questions, such as creative entry points for peacemakers, the role of women in peace processes in Asia, and ways to deal with a country’s violent past, while shaping a peaceful future.

Launched in 2003, the Oslo Forum Series is today regarded as the leading international event for, and network of, mediators and actors in peace processes. The retreats, which are held behind closed doors, provide a discreet and informal space to reflect on current mediation practice and collaborate across institutional divides. They aim to improve mediation practice by facilitating open exchange, debate and reflection, and providing informal networking opportunities.

Attendance at the 2018 Asia Mediation Retreat is by invitation only and the Chatham House Rule applies throughout the event.


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