Oslo Forum Annual retreat of armed conflict mediators
and peace process actors
18-19 June 2014
The 2014 edition of the Oslo Forum, the annual international gathering of armed conflict mediators and peace process actors, will take place on 18-19 June 2014 in Oslo, Norway.
The retreat is organised jointly by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (the HD Centre), a private diplomacy and conflict mediation organisation. It will bring together senior conflict mediators, peace process actors, eminent thinkers in the field of peacemaking, as well as key decision-makers with a view to sharing reflections, experiences and lessons learnt in their efforts to manage conflicts around the world.
The 2014 event will gather approximately 100 participants from around the world and more than 40% of those attending will be women. The participants will include: H.E. Mr Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations;President Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States; H.E. Ms Catherine Samba-Panza, President of the Central African Republic; H.E. Mr Børge Brende, Foreign Minister of Norway; Dr Mohammad Nahavandian, Chief of Staff of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran; H.E. Mr Jeffrey D. Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, United Nations Department of Political Affairs;Ambassador Susan D. Page, Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of South Sudan; and Ms Lyse Doucet, Chief international correspondent, BBC World television and BBC World Service radio.
The theme of this year’s Forum will be 'Dealing with radical groups in conflicts: what can we accomplish through dialogue?' The opening plenary session of the retreat, on 18 June, will focus on the latest developments and challenges in peacemaking, as witnessed over the past year.
The event will also feature broad-ranging discussions, including:
The Oslo Forum series of informal retreats began in 2003 and is regarded as the leading international forum of mediators and peace process actors. The series features an annual global event in June in Norway as well as regional retreats in Asia and Africa.
The informal and discreet gatherings, held behind closed doors, offer a unique opportunity to bring key experts and peacemaking actors together to engage in frank exchanges on what are often sensitive conflict issues. The Forum has contributed to improving understanding of peacemaking issues and mediation practice worldwide.
With a focus on emerging trends and challenges in peacemaking, the 2014 Forum seeks to, once again, serve as a ‘laboratory’ for exploring innovative approaches to peacemaking and as a place to test working assumptions among practitioners.
Attendance at the Oslo Forum is by invitation only and the Chatham House Rule applies to the retreat. However, interviews may be arranged with participants on request.