What is Lillehammer Dialogue City?
Lillehammer Dialogue City is a safe space that brings together dialogue practitioners, researchers, government officials, students and community leaders to explore how dialogue contributes to build lasting peace and prevent future conflict and war. 2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War I and we open the conference asking what WWI can teach us about how we address current conflicts.
Dialogue is sometimes missing in formal peace processes, but even in places with looming threats of conflict or affected by war, dialogue can transform conflicts. With this knowledge, Lillehammer Dialogue City promotes dialogue as a vital tool for better policymaking in international peace building. Participants will make recommendations on achieving inclusiveness to strengthen democracy and durable peace, and meet the Sustainable Development Goals.
Lillehammer Dialogue City is the venue for six vital conversations, looking at the present global picture and the need for dialogue. These conversations are about inclusive dialogue; reconciliation after war and conflict through dialogue; forced displacement and the challenges of migration; Sustainable Development Goal 16; UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security; and UNSCR 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security.
Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue was established in 1995 and has become an international hub for dialogue work. It has more than 20 years of experience exploring methodologies and implementing dialogue projects in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Kenya, Iraq, Ukraine and Norway. The center has also supported the creation of local Nansen Dialogue Centers in the Balkan countries.
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