NOREF is committed to mitigating and resolving armed conflicts through informal diplomacy and support to Norwegian and international mediation efforts.
Seminar report: Implementing peace in Colombia: the challenges of FARC reintegration
Earlier this year Wilton Park and NOREF convened a meeting in Colombia addressing the challenges of reintegration of FARC former combatants into civilian life. The meeting provided an informal, unofficial opportunity for key stakeholders and Colombian and international reintegration experts to explore together how to tackle the challenging issues facing implementation of the reincorporation phase. The report of the seminar is now publicly available, in Spanish and English.
Against the odds: civil society in the UN intra-Syrian talks
Well into the eight year of armed conflict in Syria there are not many highlights to report. Attempts to facilitate political solutions since 2011 have so far failed or stalled, despite the efforts made. The intra-Syrian talks in Geneva are still only so-called “proximity talks”, and the parties are as far from engaging directly with one another as ever. One aspect of the process which has not stalled, however, is the civil society track, as pointed out by Sara Hellmüller (swisspeace) and Marie-Joëlle Zahar (University of Montréal) in a new brief.