THURSDAY, JUNE 21

CURRENT CONFLICTS: BUILDING TRUST

How can seemingly intractable conflicts be transformed or prevented through dialogue? How can we use Sustainable Goal 16 to identify better policies of inclusion?

The day opens with keynote speeches on the global picture, the urgency of dialogue and the Nansen dialogue methodology.

The day continues with the following conversations:

Session 1: Inclusive dialogues in the context of long term peace building and coexistence.
Session 2: Reconciliation after wars and conflicts through dialogue: experiences and ideas from leading practitioners.
Session 3: Sustainable Development Goal 16 on Inclusive Institutions, and how dialogue strengthens inclusion and resilience.

These sessions will be graphically recorded by Tor Erling Naas.

09.00-10.30 | Kulturhuset Banken

KEYNOTE SPEECH

THE ROLE OF DIALOGUE IN CURRENT CONFLICTS

There are historical high numbers of people displaced by conflict and wars, and more people are vulnerable to the impact of disasters than ever before. At the same time, never in human history have so many children accessed education nor have so many people moved out of absolute poverty, and enjoyed the protection of human rights. All conflicts have an end but not all divisions are bridged. Keynote speakers will bring their views on the global picture and the need for dialogue; how can dialogue help to transform ongoing humanitarian crisis or radicalisation of societies?

Alfredo Zamudio, Director, Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue.
Music by Moddi, Norwegian musician and author

10.30-18.00 | Kulturhuset Banken
THREE VITAL CONVERSATIONS FOR PEACE

SESSION ONE

WHAT IS INCLUSIVE DIALOGUE

Inclusive dialogue in the context of long-term peace building and co-existence

This session aims to act as an interactive space where participants share experiences and knowledge on how individuals and organisations can create conducive environments for an inclusive dialogue. Dialogue has, and continues to play, an essential role in establishing the ground for peaceful and harmonious human interactions at the local, national and international level. However, despite its importance, discussions on inclusive dialogue are uncommon. We all intuitively engage, trigger and conduct dialogues, but we much less frequently articulate what an inclusive dialogue is or what is needed to make it happen.

These conversations will be about how to create a dialogue initiative, how to prepare conditions and environments for an inclusive dialogue, how to understand the relationship between dialogues and time, and how to teach strategies for managing dialogues.

Mukhtar A. Ogle, Executive Office of the Presidency, Kenya; Tanja Milovanović, Director, Nansen Dialogue Centre Prijedor; Konrad Ciesiołkiewicz, Corporate Cooperation and CSR Director at Orange Polska.
Facilitated by Alfredo Zamudio, Director, Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue

 

SESSION TWO

RECONCILIATION AFTER WARS AND CONFLICTS THROUGH DIALOGUE

Experiences and ideas from leading practitioners

Involving leading dialogue practitioners, this session benefits from their rich experiences and ideas on how dialogue can contribute to reconciliation after wars and conflicts. This session focuses on how and when dialogue processes can be connected with negotiations and mediations to ensure that peace is sustainable and resilient. In ending a conflict, the role of negotiations and mediations is often clear, while the role of dialogues is less obvious.

After violence, what does peace look like? Can peace be achieved without justice? What kind of justice is most propitious to establish lasting peace? Aiming to clarify these questions, this session will also discuss how the end of violence should lead towards sustainable peace, connecting institution and rebuilding the social fabric.

Bertha Lucia Fries, Director, CEC International Colombia; Salam Omer, Journalist, Iraq and Abubacarr M. Tambadou, Minister of Justice, The Gambia.
Facilitated by Christane Seehausen, Senior Adviser, Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue

SESSION THREE

PROMOTING INCLUSION

This session will focus on the connection between dialogue and inclusion, and how to improve the impact of Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16): “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institution at all levels.”

SDG 16 refers to how peace, justice, and inclusive institution are at the core of sustainable development. From this perspective, how can inclusion contribute to the resilience of society? What is the role of dialogue in supporting the SDG 16? Can the dialogue methodology contribute to entrenching inclusivity and transparency into institutions? Emphasis is often placed on what inclusion can deliver (justice, transparency) and less on the key notion of inclusivity or how to build inclusive institutions.

Together, we will explore the potential synergies between the art of dialogue and the strategic and localised objectives of the SDG 16.

Endre Stiansen, UNDP Oslo Governance Centre; Nassima Dzair, CEO, Interbridge and Lori Amy, Academic Director and Human Rights Coordinator OTTOnomy.
Facilitated by Norunn Grande, Special Adviser, Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue.
Host for the day: Olav Brostrup Müller, Head of Cultural Affairs, Lillehammer
Poetry readings by Haile Bizen, writer and poet from Eritrea. Bizen came to Norway as a resident writer through the City of Refuge program in 2011.