THURSDAY, JUNE 21

CURRENT CONFLICTS: BUILDING TRUST

How can seemingly intractable conflicts be transformed or prevented through dialogue?

The day opens with keynote speeches on the global picture, the urgency of dialogue and the Nansen experience 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: Forced displacement and the challenges of migration: promoting human dignity and better policies.

 

We finalize the day with a practical exercise and come-together, testing our own dialogue skills in a Speed Dialogue Session.

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 and have people moved out of absolute poverty and enjoyed the protection of human rights. All conflicts have an end but not all divisions are bridged. The keynote speakers will bring their views and experiences on the global picture and the need for dialogue; how can dialogue help to transform ongoing humanitarian crisis or radicalization of societies? In addition, our director will introduce the 20-year old Nansen experience and the development of the Nansen dialogue methodology.

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 organizations 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 around 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 enable conditions and environments for an inclusive dialogue, how to understand the relationship between dialogues and time and how to teach strategies to manage dialogues.

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.

Participants will discuss the meaning of peace in post-conflict contexts: 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 institutions and rebuilding the social fabric through understanding the roles of the different peace building actors and possible ways for them to collaborate.

SESSION THREE

FORCED DISPLACEMENT AND THE CHALLENGES OF MIGRATION

Promoting human dignity and better policies

Forced displacement fueled by ongoing conflicts, human rights abuses, climate change, and socio-economic inequalities is reshaping communities all over the world. In response, states and multilateral organizations are faced with the social, political and economic impact of these mass movements and must address these new challenges. Reactions and policies are increasingly driven by polarizing voices. Central tenets of liberal societies are under threat as negative reactions are intensifying, undermining the core foundations of democracy.

This session aims to look at the nature of the current forced displacement through the lens of the responses of displaced and hosting community. Internally displaced, refugees, migrants and hosting communities are struggling to cope with this new and massive situation while a coherent dialogue among all actors is absent and policy innovation remains scattered.

Participants of this session will be challenged to answer questions on how key actors can design and manage a coordinated global migration response; how key actors can promote human dignity, inclusivity and diversity against a background of xenophobia and discrimination; and how to connect scattered policy innovations.

SPEED DIALOGUES

We finalize the day with a practical exercise and come-together, testing our own dialogue skills in a Speed Dialogue Session.